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IAN SUTHERLAND (1944 – 2016)

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Ian Sutherland was an enthusiastic and supportive member of the Institute of Journalists, often working on behalf of members on trade union issues with the late Chris Underwood, as well as striving to recruit new members at every opportunity.

A life-changing stroke in 1999 ended Ian’s career as publisher,  journalist and photographer, together with his staff position as the Scottish press relations officer at Glasgow-based Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association. His published titles include In Custody, They Belonged to Glasgow and The Bevvy.

Ian Sutherland entered the world of freelance photo journalism, based in Glasgow, in the early 1980s, having been a social worker and probation officer for many years, and had considerable success covering issues such as the miner’s strike for publications such as New Society, becoming for a time their Scottish correspondent. In all, he contributed to more than 150 newspaper and magazines over the years.

His love of Scotland, its archaeology, history, and pressing social issues of the day, were the bedrock of  a large body of  work, including freelance features written for UK and Scottish newspapers, including the  Glasgow Herald, Aberdeen Press and Journal, and the worldwide Scots Magazine.

He was therefore proud when elected to become a Fellow of  the Society of Antiquaries, and was pleased to know that many of his Scots Magazine articles on the Granite City are still available to students online from Aberdeen Library, and his Glasgow social-history articles are featured on the Herald’s educational CDs in Glasgow’s Mitchell Library.

Gwyneth Buchan

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