Henry Seaton Hutchison

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Henry Seaton Hutchison died suddenly from coronary thrombosis on January 6, 1934, in his fifty-fifth year. Doctor Hutchison was the son of Henry Hutchison, of the old Toronto firm of publishers, Rowsell and Hutchison, and was educated at the Model School, Toronto, and Upper Canada College.He graduated in medicine at the University of Toronto in 1900. He was a Foundation Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. In the University of Toronto he was Assistant Professor of Medicine, and special Lecturer in Life-Insurance; in the Toronto General Hospital, physician in charge of the Out-Patient Department. He was, also, for many years a medical examiner of the Canada Life Insurance Co., and in recent years Chief Medical Officer, Crown Life. Dr. Hutchison is survived by his widow, daughter of the late T. D. Delamere; three sons, Henry Seaton, Ralph Delamere, Alan Delamere; and one daughter, Grace Bickford.


An intimate friendship with Dr. Hutchison for more than thirty years does not make it easy to do adequate justice to his memory, now that he is gone. Many of us were fascinated by the charm of his personality in those far-off days. But, as the years produced their burdens and responsibilities, his quiet, cheerful and unostentatious assumption of a very heavy share added to this an admiration grounded on his genuine merit. His professional attainments in many directions were outstanding, and yet he did not hiesitate to efface himself at such times as he thought his patients' interests could be advanced by opinions gathered elsewhere. His concern was always first for others, whether they were his patients, his family, or his friends, and no consideration for himself was ever heeded before he had done all in his power to help those who came within his sphere. Concurrently with hip, medical work he read and conversed on widely different subjects, and so it was that on his death scores of his patients mourned the loss, not only of a painstaking and skilful physician, but also of a beloved friend. His habit of self-sacrifice was best appreciated in his administration of the huge Out-door Medical Clinic at the Toronto General Hospital, which has developed so greatly in recent years. Here his patients received the same meticulous care as those who were placed much more fortunately, and throughout the country are many practising physicians who will remember the training they received from him in this very practical form of work. It may not be known to many of the younger members of the profession that Dr. Hutchison was mainly responsible for the origin of that historic institution, Daffydil Night, but to him it was one of his fondest memories. In all respects it can be said of him that "He was a very perfect gentleman."


The above obituary was originally published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, March 1934, page 337.