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Obituary: Surgeon Hume Logan was responsible for setting up Ulster Hospital breast clinic


Respected: Hume Logan

Respected: Hume Logan

Respected: Hume Logan

Hume Logan, who died on March 5 at the age of 87, was a consultant general surgeon at the Ulster Hospital Dundonald for 24 years until his retirement in 1992.

Charles James Hume Logan, the only child of a cattle dealer, was born on March 3, 1931, and was educated at school in Lisburn and later at Campbell College, Belfast.

Talented at sport, he played cricket and rugby for Campbell College.

He captained the rugby XV which won the Schools Cup but, to his great and lasting disappointment, he was unable to play in the final because of a knee injury.

Hume Logan graduated in medicine from Queen's University, Belfast, in 1955, and was awarded by thesis an MCh (Hons) in surgery in 1966.

In a distinguished medical career he became a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in London and also Edinburgh in 1960, and in Dublin in 1976.

From 1962-3 he spent a year in Boston on a Fulbright Travel Scholarship.

He was a clinical examiner at Queen's for two periods in the 1980s.

He was also an examiner for the Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in Edinburgh from 1982-93.

During his time at the Ulster Hospital, he was a Post-graduate Clinical Tutor, a chairman of the Medical Staff, a member of the Medical Executive Committee, and a Unit Clinician.

Ken Wilson, a close friend and medical colleague in the Ulster Hospital, paid tribute to Mr Logan at his funeral service in Roselawn Crematorium yesterday.

He said: "Hume was an outstanding general surgeon at the Ulster and was responsible for setting up the breast clinic in 1980, which provided a first-class service for patients.

"He published widely in medical literature and wrote a book on the Ulster Hospital.

"He was always willing to serve his hospital and the wider medical profession in several other roles, which he performed with distinction.

"Hume had a very good sense of humour, and was always extremely helpful and supportive. He had a great affection for the people of east Belfast.

"Looking after patients was his great professional responsibility and he looked on it as a privilege which few others get."

Following his retirement, Hume Logan retained his life-long interest in sport. He had been a keen golfer from an early age, and at one stage in his golfing career he played off single figures.

He was at various stages a regular on the fairways of Royal Belfast, Royal Co Down, and also Malone golf clubs ,and he played well into his later years. He was also keen on vintage cars and in his spare time he restored two MGs and two Lagondas, some of which required major work.

Another hobby was old clocks, as well as wood-turning. He greatly admired the work of craftsmen of all kinds.

He is survived by Eileen, his wife of nearly 60 years, and their daughter Karen, and the wider family.

Belfast Telegraph