Obituary: John Tudor, Emeritus Fellow and former Treasurer of St Edmund’s College


John Tudor, who was an Emeritus Fellow and former Treasurer of St Edmund’s College, died in hospital on 14th January 2022 shortly after a fall. John was born on 6th June 1933, attended the Jesuit school Wimbledon College and trained to be a doctor at King’s College Medical School, where he was President of the Students Union and graduated in 1957. His early medical career was varied and included house officer appointments in London, followed by nine years as a general practitioner, six of them in High Wycombe and then three in Ontario, Canada. He subsequently specialised in radiology, spending five years at the Hammersmith Hospital in west London, eventually as a Senior Registrar.  In 1974, he was appointed to the post of Consultant Radiologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where he worked until his retirement. His clinical training, expertise and distinction were reflected in his post-nominal letters MB BS MA MRCS LRCP DMRD DRCOG FRCR and also in his contributions to radiology research, teaching and examining. John was Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Addenbrooke’s in the 1980s and also chaired the East Anglian Regional Medical Advisory Committee and served as an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Radiology. During his time at Addenbrooke’s, John was also an Associate Lecturer in the University’s Faculty of Clinical Medicine, actively contributing to the teaching of several generations of Cambridge clinical students. He served as an external examiner for the Royal College of Radiologists as well as the Faculty of Radiologists in Ireland and examined for three years in Kuwait.

John became a Senior Member of St Edmund’s College in 1980 after the Master, Father John Coventry met John and his wife Jennifer when they were on holiday in the west country and attended a Mass celebrated in his hotel room. From that time, John and Jennifer became active members of the College community and regularly attended Guest Night dinners, a practice they continued until the dinners were curtailed in 2020 by the restrictions of the Covid pandemic. In 1990 John was elected to the College Fellowship at the same time as two other Senior Members, Peter Jackson and Michael Herrtage, all three later becoming senior officers and playing an important role in the growth and development of the College.  In 1995 John was appointed Treasurer, responsible for implementing the investment policy, a role he continued until reaching the retirement age and being elected an Emeritus Fellow in 2001. John’s contributions and importance to the College were much greater than this single appointment implies. No-one who met John could fail to recognise his calm, thoughtful and warm personality as well as his politeness.  He was a true gentleman and his presence in the Fellowship provided an important pair of steadying hands during a key period of the College’s development. Throughout his 41 years of association with the College, John was a constant source of support for successive Masters and, as Sir Brian Heap has put it, “especially when a wise and calming influence was needed.”

John was passionate in his Christian faith. In 1996, he took an active part in the celebrations of 750 years of St Edmund of Abingdon’s canonisation, joining a party of members of St Edmund Hall Oxford and other bodies associated with the Saint who travelled by coach and ferry to Pontigny in France. He also represented our college, along with the Vice-Master Geoffrey Cook, at a lunch at St Edmund Hall in honour of St Edmund. John was also interested in and contributed to Roman Catholic education, being a governor at St Edmund’s College, Ware between 1994 and 2002 and a governor (for a while, Chair of governors), at St Mary’s School, Cambridge between 1997 and 2004. He was very conscious of the historical association between our College and St Edmund’s College, Ware and anxious to ensure that the links were maintained. Long after stepping down as a governor, he continued to take a keen interest in developments at Ware.

John was devoted to his family – his wife Jennifer, their children Joanna, Romey, Sarah, Jonathan and their families. He was a keen sailor in earlier years and also an avid golfer.  Many of his friendships were cemented over rounds of golf. His kindness and companionship will be greatly missed by many friends in the UK and overseas, including all those who knew him at St Edmund’s.


Paul Luzio, Cambridge, January 2022