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Saturday, December 7, 2013


(Dennis Pudifin)

Professor Dennis James Pudifin died on December 3, after a lifetime of commitment to medicine and music.

A respected immunologist, he retired from the UKZN’s Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine in 1994.

He was also a clarinet player and had performed with the Pietermaritzburg Philharmonic Society in the late 60’s and early 70’s. After moving to Durban, he became a member of the Durban City Orchestra at its inception as a community orchestra and was also its chairman for many years.

The Durban City Orchestra’s website reflects the following tribute:

“As the thundering rains subsided and a watery sun lit up the ward, Dennis slipped quietly away. He leaves behind bereaved friends and family, and generations of past students and patients, all of whom will remember his kindness, caring, compassion and love. On his last day of work in June this year, he had devoted over 40 full-time years to teaching and healing. He was a wonderful, loving and generous teacher, brother, husband, father, grandfather and father-in-law.

Denis will always be remembered as a loving and inspiring teacher, and a passionate music lover, seen constantly at performances in and around Durban.”

Dennis Pudifin leaves behind his wife, Jenny; his elder daughter, Collette, who now lives in Australia, and his younger daughter, Sarah and her husband as well as his grandchildren. Sarah Pudifin was concert master of both DCO and the SA National Youth Orchestra.

The memorial service will take place on Tuesday (December 10) at 15h00 at St Thomas’s Church, Musgrave.