Ronald Dennis Hyde

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 11 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6767
  1. Simon Howson-Green

Ronald Dennis Hyde had a well deserved reputation as scrupulously meticulous clinician. His colleagues described him as a man who believed that the smallest detail mattered. His research techniques as a clinical pathologist and have been recognised for setting a standard.

He spent most of his working life at St Thomas’ and Southampton General before retiring from the NHS in 1993 to devote his time to planning laboratory techniques to study leukaemia for the Hospital Corporation of America.

Ronald Hyde was born at Thornton Heath, Surrey, and grew up in Norwood. He was educated at Selhurst Grammar School during the second world war and went up to Cambridge in 1948. He graduated with first class honours in natural sciences from Trinity Hall in 1951. In the same year he began his first post at St Thomas’ in London as a casualty officer and house physician.

He was appointed lecturer in clinical pathology and honorary senior registrar in 1960. He left to take up a position of senior registrar at the central laboratory in Portsmouth in 1961 but returned to St Thomas’ Medical School the following year as lecturer in clinical pathology (haematology)

He joined Southampton General in 1964, where he remained for the rest of his NHS career. He was the consultant responsible for blood transfusion in Southampton; the largest throughput in the Wessex region at the time. The automation methods he developed for grouping and antibody screening increased the efficiency of the department and were adopted by transfusion units in many other regions.

His output of research papers was prolific, particularly in the Lancet, Nature, the British Journal of Haematology, and the British Journal of Surgery. He averaged one published paper a year between 1960 and 1972.

Ronald Hyde was a quiet man by nature but always highly persuasive and diplomatic in this demeanour when he believed he was right.

He was an avid and enthusiastic gardener. Roses, orchids, and lilies were a passion. His retirement was devoted to his garden, his love of classical music, and his family. He had eight grandchildren. He was also an accomplished church organist, playing frequently at his local church at Sutton Poyntz near Weymouth, where he retired with his wife, Joy. He put his passion for playing and listening to the organ down to first hearing it at King’s College, Cambridge, when he was a student. He leaves his wife, Joy, three children, and eight grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6767


  • Honorary emeritus consultant haematologist Southampton (b 1930; q 1951; FRCP Lond, MD, FRCPath), died from pancreatic cancer on 26 June 2013.

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