STARFLEET DATABASE FILE: McCoy, Leonard
Mid-level Biography Brief Mode Played By: DeForest Kelley
Final Rank: Admiral, retired
Full Name: Leonard Horatio McCoy, M.D.
Year of birth: 2227
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. David McCoy
Education: University of Mississippi 2245-49, medical school
Marital status: Divorced
Children: A daughter, Joanna
Quarters: Original Enterprise: 3F 127 Starfleet
Career Summary 2366 -- As lieutenant commander, named
chief medical officer under Capt. James T. Kirk
2370 -- Retires to private medical practice
2371 -- Returns to duty under Starfleet reactivation clause,
promoted to commander as chief medical officer on refit U.S.S.
Enterprise for V'Ger mission
2285 -- As Academy medical faculty and training instructor,
Genesis mission; detained over leaks regarding secret Genesis
Project 2286 -- Charged but cleared with shipmates in theft
2287 -- Returns to active Enterprise service under Kirk
2293 -- Participated in Khitomer peace mission after liberation
from Klingon Rura Penthe prison
2364 -- As retired admiral, gave inspection tour of Galaxy-class
U.S.S. Enterprise upon departure Nicknamed 'Bones' by his longtime
friend and commander, Captain James T. Kirk, McCoy replaced Mark
Piper as chief medical officer in 2266 on the original five-year
mission but clearly became the most renowned. By that first year
he had already won the commendations of Legion of Honor, awards
of valor, and was decorated by Starfleet Surgeons.
His temperament was sometimes argumentative, a cynic's outer crustiness
masking deep caring beneath the surface. His "old South" roots
led to the old-time physician manner of doctoring, with a Southern
accent that was most apparent when under stress.
He distrusts transporter technology and travels by shuttlecraft
whenever possible. McCoy was married once and later divorced,
a relationship never discussed except for his one daughter, Joanna,
who later graduated from nursing school. In the era before ship's
counselors, McCoy played his role as psychologist expertly to
the hilt - especially for the ship's two senior officers. As such
an emotional watchdog he was not afraid to take on his captain,
but it was his running battle of wits with Spock which became
Spock showed his true feelings, though, as when inviting McCoy
down to Vulcan for his "wedding" and in storing his katra with
him before a known suicidal saving of their ship before the Genesis
detonation. McCoy contracted the always-fatal xenopolycythemia
and retired from Starfleet in 2369 to spend his remaining days
on the asteroid ship, Yonada, and that world's high priestess,
Natira - whom he soon married.
By exploring Yonada's computers, Spock found a cure for xenopolycythemiaand
McCoy left Natira to return to the service. Earlier, McCoy had
been infected with the strange 'aging' virus that infected the
Gamma Hydra IV landing party. After the U.S.S. Enterprise's triumphant
return from its five-year mission, McCoy retired from Starfleet,
grew a beard and went into virtual seclusion with a rural practice,
only to be forced back to duty by Kirk and Admiral Nogura when
V'Ger threatened Earth in 2371. After that he continued through
the years of renewed Enterprise service with Kirk until at least
the Khitomer peace talks of 2293, having survived imprisonment
with him on trumped-up charges at the Rura Penthe mining prison
when he could not revive assassinated Klingon Chancellor Gorkon.
Spock's deposit of his katra in 2385 had nearly driven him crazy
and landed him in Starfleet detention until the refusion took
place, whereupon he delighted in the Vulcan's reeducation process.
As a retired admiral he remained active in his later years, serving
at the age of 137 and shuttling aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise-D
in 2364 in his role of inspecting medical facilities on new starships.
McCoy was an active practitioner well before his Starfleet days,
of course. In 2253, some 12 years before he signed aboard with
Kirk, he had developed a neural grafting procedure employing the
creation of axonal pathways between the graft and a subject basal
ganglia that was still the practice over a century later. He had
also been stationed on Capella for a few months and knew the intricate
customs of the Ten Tribes there.