Dr Rutherford Kaye Scott
OBE, MD, MS, FRACS, FFR, FCRA
clarus medicina, musica et munificentia
Distinguished Radiologist, accomplished musician and great benefactor
Dr Rutherford Kaye Scott played a most significant role in the planning for and establishment of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute. A consultant radiotherapist, he was a foundation member of the Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria, a member of the first committee of the Cancer Institute and its first Medical Director, a post he held until his retirement in 1954. In 1937, two members of the Cancer Council's Executive Committee, Professor Peter MacCallum and Dr Rutherford Kaye Scott, recommended research funding should be allocated to studies likely to improve existing treatments, especially radiotherapy and surgery. In 1977, Dr Kaye Scott, delivered the inaugural Peter MacCallum Lecture. This event became an annual address given by a distinguished public figure. He died in March 1991 at the age of 87.
Dr Kaye Scott’s service to Ormond College was recognised during his lifetime by the commissioning of a portrait, which now occupies a place of honor in the Kaye Scott Room at Ormond College.