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Biographical entry Anderson, Hugh Fraser (1910 - 1986)

MRCS 1935; FRCS 1940; MA Cambridge 1932; MB BCh 1936; LRCP 1935.

19 April 1910
1 July 1986
General surgeon and Urologist


Hugh Fraser Anderson was born in Manchester on 19 April 1910, the son of William Thomson Anderson, a mining electrical engineer, and his wife, Madeleine, née Grubb. He was educated at King William's College in the Isle of Man. In 1929 he gained an entrance exhibition to Caius College, Cambridge, and was awarded a first class in his Natural Sciences Tripos. He entered St George's Hospital Medical School with an entrance exhibition and was also awarded the Allingham Scholarship in surgery. He held several junior posts at George's and spent six months as a ship's surgeon before obtaining the FRCS in 1940. He then joined the RAMC and was posted to West Africa for 18 months. After a short period in England he went with the First Army to North Africa, Sicily and Italy. At Anzio he was in command of a casualty clearing station and was mentioned in despatches.

On his return to England he was appointed consultant surgeon to St George's Hospital where he made a special study of urology and was the first urologist there and at West Park Hospital, Epsom. His other early interest was in the septic hand and he established a clinic for these cases at George's. He was recognised as an outstandingly good teacher. He was secretary to the Urological Section of the Royal Society of Medicine and from 1966 to 1972 was a member of the Court of Examiners. After his retirement in 1975 he examined abroad in Basra and Lagos.

Hugh was able to enjoy his many hobbies; he was a member of the British Medical Golfing Society and represented the "veterans" both at home and in the USA. From his youth he had been "train mad" and he travelled all over the world on many famous expresses, once managing to get a ride on the footplate of a steam locomotive travelling from York to King's Cross in the late 1950's. He was a keen gardener and will be remembered for his rose buttonholes although they were always grown by his wife, Nancy, whom he married in 1942 when she was a nurse at Guy's. They had a son Michael and a daughter Madeline. He died on 1 July 1986.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 3 July 1986].

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