OBITUARY: Immunologist and musician Professor Dennis Pudifin

2013-12-19 00:00

RESPECTED immunologist Professor Dennis Pudifin died in Durban on December 3 after a long illness.

For many years, he was a well-known figure in Pietermaritzburg. Having qualified from the University of Cape Town in 1957 as a medical doctor, he did his internship at Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg where he subsequently trained to become a physician under well-known physician Dr John Cosnett.

Pudifin published the obituary of Dr Cosnett a few months ago.

Pudifin obtained his higher examination in internal medicine as well as his fellowship from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. Subsequently, he joined the department of medicine, King Edward VIII Hospital, in Durban to gain recognition of his academic training time as a specialist physician.

He entered the department of medicine as a consultant/lecturer in the University of Natal and was later appointed professor of Medicine and deputy head. His interest was in immunology, Aids, clinical medicine and teaching students. He spent one year at the Radcliffe Infirmary training in immunology.

“Together with June Duursma, he published valuable information in immunology for the literature,” says long-term colleague and friend, Professor Yackoob Seedat. “Over the decades, Dennis was an active member of the British Society of Immunology, and president of the South African Society of Immunology from 1987 to 1988. He was elected a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 1979. In 1994 he reached retiring age but he continued as a physician and emeritus professor until just before his demise.

“Dennis practised a strong ethical code, was devoted to the university medical school and the department of medicine. He cared for his patients and enjoyed teaching students.”

While living in Pietermaritzburg, Pudifin played the clarinet in the Pietermaritzburg Philharmonic Society’s orchestra and, when he moved to Durban, he joined the Durban City Orchestra as clarinet player and was its chairperson for many years.

He leaves behind his wife Jenny, his daughters Colette and Sarah as well as his sons-in-law and four grandchildren. A lawyer by profession, Sarah Pudifin-Jones has inherited her father’s musical talent. She is an accomplished violinist and has often played with the KZN Philharmonic.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.