Dr Alan Auld, who has died aged 99, was the organiser and the enthusiastic inspiration behind voluntary social work as a comprehensive and effective service in Aberdeen in the post-war era, creating what was to be a model operation of a new approach to voluntary social work in Scotland.
He was supported in all this by his deep, quiet faith and by his close bond with his wife, Alice (née Coull). Next Christmas Eve they would have been married for 70 years.
As young folk in Holburn West (then UF) Church, Alice and Alan both taught in the Sunday school and sang in the choir. He was also a scout leader, and became an elder in his early twenties.
On return to Aberdeen, he served as an elder within Beechgrove Church and as a freely elected member of the presbytery of Aberdeen. He was the first non-ministerial convener of its union and readjustments committee.
Full story at The Herald.