Henry Malcolm (Mickey) Whyte, whose father was the Congregational minister in Ipswich, was dux of IGS in 1937. He graduated from UQ BSc in 1942 and MB BS in 1944 with a University Medal. A shortage of civilian doctors meant that his repeated attempts to enlist in the army were not successful until May 1945, when he served with infantry battalions overseas and in army hospitals in Australia until September 1946. In 1947, he was awarded the Queensland Rhodes scholarship and in 1952 he returned to Australia having obtained a DPhil at Oxford and Membership of the Royal College of Physicians. From 1960-66 he was Director of Medical Research at the Kanematsu Institute at Sydney Hospital and in 1966 he was appointed Foundation Professor of Clinical Science at ANU. His book ‘The Fats of Life‘ (1961) was a ground-breaking guide to preventing heart disease. In 1977, his interest moved towards community-based health services, primarily concerned with alcohol and drugs, but including the Red Cross and Lifeline. He has been involved with many local, national and international bodies and has published extensively. He was awarded an Honorary MD by UQ in 1986 and an AO in 1991 for ‘service to clinical science and the community’.
From The Story of Ipswich Grammar School 1863-2013, Sophie Church