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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, August 26, 2001

Dr. Colin Craig McCorriston dead at 85

Advertiser Staff

Colin Craig McCorriston, longtime Honolulu doctor of obstetrics and gynecology, died Wednesday at his Honolulu home.

Dr. Colin Craig McCorriston was one of the founders of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1951.

Photo courtesy of William McCorriston

McCorriston delivered more than 10,000 babies during his career, most of them at Kapi'olani Women's and Children's Hospital, where he was chief of staff of the obstetrics department.

The doctor also worked for 41 years, until his retirement, at Straub Clinic's obstetrics-gynecology department. After retiring, McCorriston taught at the John A. Burns Medical School's clinical program until last year.

He was 85.

McCorriston's son, William, said he has been meeting people all of his life who claim to have been delivered by his father, including a set of twins named Colin and Craig.

Walking through town with his father was always a time-consuming process because of the number of women patients who would stop the doctor to exchange greetings, the younger McCorriston said.

"About every other woman,'' the son estimated.

Colin Craig McCorriston attended Punahou School, Stanford University and Harvard Medical School.

During World War II, he served as ship's physician aboard the USS Downs in the Pacific.

He was a former president of the Honolulu County Medical Society and the Pacific Coast OB/GYN Society.

He was one of the founders of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1951.

McCorriston's family arrived in Hawai'i in 1850.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen Doyle McCorriston; a sister, Patricia Porter; sons Frederick Craig and William Colin McCorriston; daughters Catherine "Kitty" Petersmeyer, Dorothy Jane McCorriston and Betty Musgrave; 15 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Services will be 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Central Union Church. Aloha attire. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations to the Colin McCorriston Scholarship Fund, the John A. Burns Medical School or the Straub Foundation.