Lives of the fellows

Robert Dawson Rudolf

b.1865 d.2 November 1941
CBE MB CM Edin(1889) MD FRCP Can FRCP(1910)

Born at Pictou, Nova Scotia, the son of William Norman Rudolf, Robert Rudolf was taken to England by his parents when a child and sent to Birkenhead School. As a young man, he returned to Canada for a couple of years to take up farming but abandoned this career to enter Edinburgh University as a medical student. After graduating as M.B, C.M, in 1889, he became resident physician at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Hospital for Sick Children and continued his studies in London, Paris and Berlin. Then followed five years in India before he settled in Toronto, where he served on the staffs of the General Hospital and Hospital for Sick Children, becoming consulting physician to both, and of the University, at which he became emeritus professor of therapeutics. He was one of the first to enlist on the outbreak of the War in 1914, serving overseas for five years, at first at a base hospital in France and later as consulting physician to the Canadian forces in England, with the rank of colonel. In 1921 he wrote The Medical Treatment of Disease, a fourth edition of which appeared in 1934. He travelled widely and occupied his leisure with riding, fishing, and golf. Rudolf married in 1894 Rosa Marguerite, daughter of J. T. Danson of Grasmere, by whom he had one son and one daughter. He died in Toronto.

G H Brown

[B.M.J., 1942; Canadian Medical Association Journal, 1941]

(Volume IV, page 512)

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