Lives of the fellows

Timothy John Goodwin

b.16 October 1938 d.20 February 2015
MB BS Lond FRCP(1983)

Tim Goodwin was a consultant general physician at Mount Vernon and Harefield hospitals, Hillingdon. Born in Aylesford, Kent, he was the second of five brothers, all of whom followed their father Geoffrey Pryce Goodwin, a consultant anaesthetist, to train at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School. His mother, Marjorie, was a trained nurse and sister midwife before marrying and starting her family.

He first attended Holmewood House Prep School in Tunbridge Wells and then went on to Lancing College on a scholarship. He became head boy and was an outstanding sportsman. A very proud early memory was winning a cricket bat at the age of 11, presented and autographed by England’s Jack Hobbs, for an outstanding performance opening the batting for the first XI, playing with 13-year-olds and scoring 100 not out. He also played cricket for the Kent Young Amateurs and the county second XI.

He went on to study medicine at St Mary’s. He was a year late: he had read classics to A level and then had to switch to science subjects to satisfy the medical school entry requirements. At St Mary’s he became president of the medical school students’ union and captained the St Mary’s and United Hospitals cricket teams, as well as the London University squash team.

He qualified MB BS in 1964 and, after junior posts at his teaching hospital, he was appointed as a senior registrar to the medical unit at St Mary’s under Stanley Peart, helping to research into hypertension and renal medicine.

In 1975 he was appointed as a consultant to Mount Vernon and Harefield hospitals, where he was proud to remain an ‘old fashioned’ all-round general physician. He established a reputation as an outstanding clinician and inspirational teacher to his staff. All his registrars obtained the MRCP.

He became a senior examiner at the Royal College of Physicians. He believed passionately in the benefits of multidisciplinary staff training and demonstrated his commitment by helping with fundraising, developing and then directing Mount Vernon’s postgraduate medical centre.

He met his wife Hilary (née Ridderham), a fellow St Mary’s undergraduate, and they married as students. They produced two sons, the eldest of whom, Andrew, became a cardiac surgeon in Middlesbrough. There are four grandchildren.

In retirement, he pursued his many interests, including gardening, singing, photography and watching cricket at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Peter Goodwin

[BMJ 2015 350 3322 – accessed 22 November 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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