Professor Hugh Hill Lawson: 13 January 1926 - 14 March 2019

  • M D Smith
  • J G Oettle
  • M G Veller


It is with great fondness that the Department of Surgery remembers Professor HH (Buddy) Lawson, who died after a long illness on the 14th March 2019. Buddy was born in 1926, and was a graduate of Wits (BSc, 1947 and MBBCh in 1951). In 1954 he was awarded the FRCS in the UK. He returned to South Africa and obtained his MCh in 1965 and a DSc in 1970. He was an excellent academic and contributed to the understanding of peptic ulcer disease through his research and supervision of a number of higher degrees. He worked at many of the  hospitals associated with the University and was appointed as Professor of Surgery and Chief Surgeon and Head of the Department of Surgery at the then Baragwanath Hospital in 1971. He remained in that position until his retirement in 1991.

How to Cite
Smith, M., Oettle, J., & Veller, M. (2019). Professor Hugh Hill Lawson: 13 January 1926 - 14 March 2019. South African Journal of Surgery, 57(2), 94. Retrieved from