Lives of the fellows

Henry Frederick Augustus Goodridge

b.19 May 1823 d.9 March 1906
MD Lond MRCS FRCP(1874)

H. F. A. Goodridge was born near Bath, the son of a well-known architect who came of an old Devonshire family. One of his ancestors, Nicholas Goodridge, as mayor of Totnes, had been granted a coat-of-arms by Queen Elizabeth for equipping two caravels to sail against the Armada. Goodridge’s mother was descended from Dr. John Radcliffe. He himself was educated at Mill Hill School and received his medical training as an apprentice in Bath and as a student at University College, London. Having qualified in 1846 and passed two years in further study at Paris, he settled in Bath as a consultant, being given an appointment at the Eastern Infirmary. This he resigned in 1852 on election as physician to the Royal United Hospital, a post in which he served for forty years. He practised mainly among retired officers who, like himself, were sceptical about the value of the Bath waters. Indifferent health and a reserved temperament caused him to hold aloof from the city’s social life. He married the daughter of Rev. Christopher Taylor, D.D., a Somerset rector, and had two sons. He died at Weston-super-Mare.

G H Brown

[Memoir, by Dr. W. Leslie Goodridge (Ms.); Presidential Address to R.C.P., 1907, 8]

(Volume IV, page 225)

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