BWH and the Department of Radiology mourn the loss of Beatrice Trotman-Dickenson, MBBS, who passed away on Dec. 3 after a short illness. She was 57.
Dr. Trotman-Dickenson, of Wellesley, was a radiologist at BWH, director of the Thoracic Imaging Fellowship Program and an assistant professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. She had worked at BWH since 1998.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dr. Trotman-Dickenson earned a bachelor of science in Psychology at the University College London and her medical degree at the University College Hospital Medical School in London.
“Beatrice was brilliant,” said manager and friend Andetta Hunsaker, MD, of Radiology. “She was a fabulous colleague because she was a team player who rose to excellence and inspired us all to be outstanding.”
As a radiologist, Dr. Trotman-Dickenson worked with many physicians throughout the organization, discussing cases and results of patient scans.
Elliot Israel, MD, of the BWH Pulmonary and Critical Care Division, worked with Dr. Trotman-Dickenson since she joined BWH. He said it was very important to her that she made the time to share her knowledge with others.
“She exemplified what it means to be a physician,” Israel said. “She always strived to go the extra mile to help a patient and provide the best care. We were very lucky to have her at the Brigham.”
Francisco Marty, MD, of the BWH Division of Infectious Disease, says he appreciated Dr. Trotman-Dickenson’s willingness to teach others and her ability to make someone smile.
“Even during her illness, Beatrice always found the humor in the situations she faced,” Marty said. “She touched so many people’s lives. She’s someone who everyone knew, respected and loved.”
Dr. Trotman-Dickenson enjoyed teaching residents and speaking at conferences.
When she wasn’t working, she was fond of spending time with family, playing tennis, skiing and keeping up with the latest pop-culture news.
“She was well-respected by her peers, always knew how to brighten someone’s day and cherished her family,” Hunsaker said.
Dr. Trotman-Dickenson is survived by her husband, Leo J. Hermacinski; son, Max; daughters, Alexandra and Anna; parents, Sir Aubrey and Lady Danuta Trotman-Dickenson; brothers, Dominic Trotman-Dickenson and Casimir Trotman-Dickenson; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial donations can be made to Horizons for Homeless Children, 1705 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02119.