Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
In Memoriam: Professor Sir David Todd (1928 – 2017)

Dear Fellows,

We mourn the passing of Professor Sir David Todd last night, 16th August 2017. Sir David had completed the full circle – departed from Queen Mary Hospital where his medical education matured and exceptional career achievement endured, taken care by those he had taught and surrounded by his family, beloved students and mentees.

Widely revered by the medical profession in Hong Kong and internationally for his achievements in medical education and research, Sir David also had an unassailable reputation for his selfless dedication to patient care and numerous community services.

Sir David was instrumental in the establishment of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. He was Chairman of the HKAM Preparatory Committee from 1990 to 1992 and served the Academy as her founding President between 1992 and 1996. After stepping down from his Presidency, Sir David continued to give support to the Academy offering advice to the Council. To honour his contribution, the Executive Board of the HKAM Foundation Fund proposed in 1995 to organise an Oration in the name of Sir David annually to be held in conjunction with the Academy’s annual Fellowship Conferment Ceremony. In 1997, Sir David was further elected an Honorary Fellow of the Academy.

Professor Todd, as many of us used to fondly call him, was regarded a formidable and caring teacher and mentor by his students and colleagues and commanded tremendous respect from the medical community in Hong Kong. Besides his work in the Academy, he had contributed immensely to the development and growth of medicine in the city and beyond. He was Head of the University of Hong Kong Department of Medicine from 1974 to 1989, Founding President of the Hong Kong College of Physicians in 1986 and a member of the first Hospital Authority Board in 1990. He was also Chairman of the AIDS Trust Fund, Chairman of the Health Services Research Committee, Vice-Chairman of the S.K. Yee Medical Foundation, and Trustee of the Croucher Foundation and the Sino-British Fellowship Trust. Between 1986 and 1993, Professor Todd served on the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee and was the first chairman of its Research Grants Committee.

Sir David had received numerous local and overseas College Fellowships and awards over the years. For his services to medicine and education in Hong Kong, he was awarded an Officer (OBE), a Commander (CBE) and Knight Bachelor of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1982, 1990 and 1995, respectively. He remained as an Emeritus Professor of the University of Hong Kong following his retirement in 1994.

Sir David has left behind a legacy of love, respect, leadership and, most importantly, humanism. He is lovingly remembered by his family, friends, colleagues and students. Our thoughts are with Sir David’s family. Please join me in offering them our deepest condolences.

Yours sincerely,
Professor LAU Chak-sing
Hong Kong Academy of Medicine