Lives of the fellows

Frederick Campbell Golding

b.4 June 1901 d.17 July 1984
MB ChM Sydney(1926) MRCP(1929) DMRE Cantab(1933) FRCP(1949) FFR( 1949)

Cam Golding died at the age of 83. He was an outstanding and much appreciated specialist in the discipline of diagnostic radiology and first joined the Middlesex Hospital on the invitation of Sir Harold Graham-Hodgson [Munk's Roll, Vol.V, p.l62] to assist him in the development of the new X-ray diagnostic department in 1933.

His knowledge and teaching ability immediately made a great impression and he was largely responsible for the important reputation developed by this department. In 1956 he succeeded to the post of director of diagnostic radiology and held this until his retirement in 1967.

Cam Golding was born and educated in Australia, and his schooling was firstly in Sydney and then at Scots College in Melbourne. He went to St Andrew’s College of the University of Sydney to study medicine and qualified in 1926. During his university career he showed great keenness in various sports. Taking on rowing, he became a member of the successful College crew, and then became stroke of the University eight. He began to play golf, and got down to a low single figure handicap, but soon gave that up and played tennis instead. He did not play for the University but was in the running, practising with University and New South Wales representatives.

A few years after qualification he came to England and obtained a post as registrar at the Royal Free Hospital. He then began to study diagnostic radiology and gained the Cambridge DMRE in 1933. After various appointments, including the directorship of the x-ray diagnostic department at the Royal Marsden Hospital, he came to the Middlesex Hospital which, as well as private practice, remained his principal place of activity until his retirement.

Golding had wide general interests, lectured in the medical school and served as chairman of the hospital medical committee, and was particularly involved in orthopaedic and chest diseases. He was consultant radiologist at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, at the Arthur Stanley Institute for Rheumatic Diseases, and the Chelsea Hospital for Women. He was also civilian consultant in radiology to both the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.

He became a member of the College in 1929 and a Fellow in 1948, and was one of its examiners in radiology for the three years 1954-57. He gave the Mackenzie Davidson lecture for the British Institute of Radiology in 1961, and the Watson Jones lecture for the Royal College of Surgeons in 1964. Among his various medical publications were contributions to A Textbook of x-ray diagnosis, by British Authors. ed. S C Shanks, Philadelphia, Saunders, 1957(3rd ed); W S Copeman’s Textbook of rheumatic diseases Edinburgh, E & S Livingstone, 1948, and ‘Survey of radiology of the chest’ in the British Encyclopaedia of Medical Practice.

Cam, as he was known to his friends, was a modest member of the staff, much appreciated by his many friends and colleagues. He continued his great interest in sport throughout his life. He was an expert fisherman and, after retirement, each summer he had a weekly appointment for trout fishing in the south and a month in Scotland for salmon. In the winter he was an excellent shot. He continued to play tennis until the last year or two, and he and his wife - who gave him great support in all that he did - used to have regular daily tennis games together. She was Barbara Hubbard and they married in 1942. She survived him, with two sons and six grand-daughters.

Sir Brian Windeyer

[Brit.med.J. ,1984,289,1464; The Times, 19 Sept 1984: J.roy.Nav.med.Serv., 1985,71,63; Middx.Hosp.J., Oct 1966,66(5)]

(Volume VIII, page 187)

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