Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Family matters

Today I watched as my daughter was admitted to membership of the Royal College of Physicians of London. It took me back 35 years to when I was admitted. It was a great pleasure to see her welcomed in by the President, Carol Black. 44 years ago when I first met Carol she was Lady President of the Union among the students at Bristol University. She was a final year student, in English I think, but having met the medics she changed courses and started again as a medical student. I have followed her career. She became a Professor of Medicine at the Royal Free Medical School and one of the leading experts in the world on scleroderma. She is only the second woman to become President of the College.

Also today my eldest son was awarded a fellowship to support a sabbatical year in the States later this year. I'm not sure where he will go, but it means I will have an excuse to spend some time in America this year.


John Wagner said...

Wow, congratulations on the achievements of your children. As a proud dad myself, I know how you must feel. What a blessing children can be, especially when they grow up into fine adults and you realize the struggles were all worth it and more.

Steve Madden said...


You should be very proud of your daughter's achievement. In fact of course you already know that. Thank goodness there are families like the Hamblin's around to help others.

Diane Ferguson said...

Thank you for sharing your life with us, Dr. Hamblin. I am so pleased for you and your wife that you children have taken what you have taught them to heart and excelled themselves.

Anonymous said...

You have touched so many, therefore, many are rejoicing with you. When our children find their calling it is a time for great celebration. I can only imagine that coming from a selfless family they will also touch many. Having met you in Columbus two years ago I can happily say, "come on over anytime!"