Lives of the fellows

Thomas Colin Hindson

b.1 August 1934 d.9 September 2001
MA Cantab(1956) BChir(1959) MB(1960) MRCP Edin(1964) DTM&H(1964) MRCP(1965) FRCP Edin(1975) FRCP(1989)

Colin Hindson was consultant dermatologist at the Royal Infirmary in Sunderland and a consultant adviser in dermatology to the ministry of defence.

Born and brought up in the north of England, Hindson's father was a mining engineer and his mother a medical practitioner, one of the first women to graduate in medicine from Newcastle. He was educated at Durham School, St. John's College, Cambridge, and St. Bartholomew's Hospital.

He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a national serviceman in 1960 during his appointment as house physician in dermatology at St. Bartholomew's Hospital. After obtaining a regular commission in 1963 he was able to pursue a career in dermatology in the armed services and in 1964 he was seconded as a registrar in dermatology to St. John's Hospital for Diseases of the Skin.

He went on to serve in military hospitals in Germany, Singapore and Hong Kong, before obtaining a consultant dermatologist appointment in the armed services in 1968. A tour in Singapore was followed by a secondment as research consultant to the United States Army Letterman Institute of Medical Research at San Francisco. He returned to Europe as command consultant dermatologist to the British Army of the Rhine before moving back to London to the Queen Alexandra Military Hospital, Millbank, as consultant adviser in dermatology to the ministry of defence (army) with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

After his retirement from the armed services he went to the Royal Infirmary, Sunderland, as a consultant dermatologist. He took early retirement from the NHS in 1992 due to poor health. Subsequently he developed his early interest in laser therapy and worked in this and related areas in the Birmingham region.

He made numerous contributions to the dermatological literature over many years, in contact dermatitis, in relationship to the drug benoxaprofen and latterly in laser therapy, but his main early interest was the management of prickly heat with vitamin C.

He was particularly proud of the award in 1987 of the Wycombe chair award of the British Association of Dermatologists for research of outstanding merit published from a district general hospital.

He married three times. He had two sons from his first marriage and an adopted son from the second marriage.

Colin Hindson had a wide range of interests away from medicine. A good pianist, he was interested in music and he was an avid model train engineer with tracks in his garden and home. He was an enthusiastic golfer and angler on the river Wear. A wonderful mimic, he was an entertaining conversationalist, thoroughly good company, a generous host and a reliable friend. To the end of his life he was a loyal and interested old boy of Durham School.

He will be remembered as an excellent clinical dermatologist and a far-sighted, active and effective administrator who took great pains to promote the careers of others.

W D Taylor

[Brit.med.J., 2001,323,1431; BAD Newsletter Winter 2001,p.31]

(Volume XI, page 267)

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