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Biographical entry Tudor, Richard William (1920 - 1985)

MRCS 1943; FRCS 1949; MB ChB Birmingham 1943; ChM 1958; LRCP 1943.

19 July 1920
19 September 1985
General surgeon


Richard William Tudor, the son of William Victor Tudor, a civil servant, and of Daisy Alice (née Baker) a teacher, was born in Birmingham on 19 July 1920. He was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham, after winning a County Scholarship, and at Birmingham University where he won the Queen's Scholarship and graduated in 1943. He joined the RAMC in the same year and served in West Africa with the rank of Captain.

He returned to Birmingham for surgical training after demobilisation and was finally appointed consultant surgeon to East Birmingham and Solihull Hospitals. He had joined the staff at East Birmingham Hospital in 1960 and saw its growth from its infancy to a very large undergraduate teaching hospital. He played a major part in the surgical work there and was particularly keen on teaching students. He was a senior lecturer in surgery at the University of Birmingham and was secretary and treasurer of the Birmingham Medical Institute. His principal surgical interest was gastroenterology, and he had particular experience and skill in inflammatory bowel disease. In this connection he was responsible for setting up a domiciliary stoma service which was run by one of his former ward sisters, and he was a keen supporter of the local ileostomy club.

He wrote sundry medical papers and outside his professional life was interested in gardening, the countryside and literature. He married Dr Mary Maud Gowen (Mollie), MB ChB in 1946. They had one daughter and three sons, two of whom graduated in medicine at Birmingham University, one, Richard Gowen Tudor, becoming FRCS England in 1984. Richard Tudor died suddenly on 19 September 1985, only a few weeks after his retirement on 1 August 1985, and was survived by his wife and children.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1985, 291, 1133 with portrait].

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