Lives of the fellows

Terence Graham Faulkner Hudson

b.12 April 1908 d.12 September 1989
MRCS LRCP(1932) MB BS Lond(1933) MD MRCP(1935) FRCP(1968)

Terence Graham Faulkner Hudson - always known as Michael to family, friends and colleagues - was born at Ashstead in Surrey, the son of a farmer. He was educated at Marlborough College and studied medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital, London University, where he won the Wainwright prize. After posts as casualty officer and house physician at St Thomas’, he was appointed medical registrar and tutor. Prestigious junior posts followed at the Brompton Chest Hospital and the National Heart Hospital. Recognized as an able and caring young doctor, he seemed destined to be a consultant physician.

At the outbreak of war he left his hospital appointment and for the next seven years, from 1939-46, he served in the RAMC as a medical specialist at home and abroad in France, Egypt, Iraq and Malta. He ended his Army career as officer in charge of medical divisions in military hospitals, with the rank of lieutenant colonel. While in the Army he recorded his observations on the physiological and clinical effects of the desert climate on Army personnel. These were written up jointly with experts in tropical medicine and published in The Lancet.

Michael’s Army experience of environmental effects on health, coupled with his clinical skills, equipped him most suitably for a new career in occupational medicine. He went to Bristol where, in 1947, he became medical adviser to the Imperial Smelting Corporation and had to deal with a variety of health hazards including poisoning by metals, eye injuries, exposure to heat and poisonous gases. In the Wyers Memorial lecture (1962) he gave an erudite account of these hazards and their control.

In addition to his factory appointment, he lectured in occupational medicine at the University of Bristol and was regional medical adviser to the Department of Employment. In 1967 he was elected chairman of the Bristol division of the BMA and he became president of the Society of Occupational Medicine in 1968.

In 1950 he married Cecilia White, daughter of an Army officer. There were two sons and a daughter of the marriage and it was always a pleasure to visit his home and enjoy the serenity of a close and happy family.

Michael was studious and compassionate. Probably with his clinical skills and gentle personality he would have been more suited to academic life than to the hurly-burly of medical practice in a large industrial organization, where he had to contend with the difficult task of influencing management to adopt an enlightened policy on health and safety.

R S F Schilling

(Volume IX, page 250)

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