Colin Ingham arrived in Victor Harbor in December 1983 and replaced respected doctor Ben Brookman at the Victor Medical Clinic.
On July 1, 2020, Dr Ingham, after 37 years of caring for members of the community, will hang up his stethoscope for the last time.
Colin has built a wonderful reputation on the Fleurieu, not just as a doctor, but as part of the community.
With wife Helen, they have raised two children, Anita and Martin and been part of so many community clubs and organisations.
He is respected by his peers and his quiet and professional bedside manner will be missed by his patients.
Colin has delivered approximately 750 babies and has witnessed many changes over the four decades.
"I have delivered one generation and then the next and it is so nice to be part of families in our community," Colin said.
"The biggest change has been at the hospital where we no longer run casualty, which has reduced our workload. After hours work was a big part of our life and now we have more time at the clinic and more family time.
"The introduction of mobile phones and computers has made a big difference too."
Colin and Helen will remain local and hope to see more of their grandchildren.
"Victor Harbor is a great place to live and raise a family and we have had no regrets coming here all those years ago," he said.
Colin and his family have been involved in life saving, sailing, tennis, water and snow skiing, 4-wheel driving and camping, horse riding, football, tennis and by all accounts, the retiring doctor enjoys writing poetry.