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 Austin Health Medical Alumni Association
 
Obituary for Fred Tosolini

The Staff and Alumni from Austin Health are deeply saddened by the loss of our esteemed colleague, Dr Fred Tosolini, who died on 5 June 2020.
Fred Tosolini was renowned as an expert Microbiologist and a leader in the field. He was known to many as the Director of Microbiology at Austin Hospital for many decades.
 
The following Obituary was written by his son, Dr Andrew Tosolini, who is a Renal Physician at Austin Health.
Frederick (Fred) Angelo Tosolini
 
Born Adelaide 13/08/1940
Died Austin Hospital, Melbourne  5/06/2020
 
Fred was educated at Sacred Heart College, Adelaide where he was a prefect, and excelled in Academia, as well as Sport. His love was cricket, best known for his left arm spin bowling with a best score of 5 for 6. He went on to play for the University of Adelaide Cricket Club.
 
He studied Medicine (MB.BS) at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 1963.
After his internship at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, he was accepted to a Registrar position at Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital in Melbourne.
 
Fred went on to study his PhD on Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus at ANU in Canberra under the keen eyes of Cedric Mims and the legendary Frank Fenner. He was awarded his FRCPA in 1971. His Postdoctorate in Liverpool, England with Kevin McCarthy was on Primate Herpesvirus, his work published in The Lancet, and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine. He went on to complete his Membership, and later Fellowship of the Australian Society of Microbiology.
 
In 1976 at the age of 35, he was appointed Director of Medical Microbiology at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne where he combined Laboratory and Clinical Microbiology for twenty years. He was on numerous Hospital and Government Committees. He was involved in the accreditation of new hospitals and new microbiology laboratories for the Health Department. This included his work on Committees for the Standards Association of Victoria, the DHS Victorian Drug Usage Advisory Committee, and the DHS Standing Committee on Infection Control. He was an Examiner in Microbiology for the Royal College of Pathologists from 1977 until his retirement. He was a Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology Qualifications Committee. He was an author of the first edition of “Antibiotic Guidelines” for the Health Commission in 1978.
 
In his semi-retirement he continued work as a Microbiologist for Melbourne Pathology, as well as continuing to edit “Antibiotic Guidelines” and accrediting new antibiotics for the TGA.
 
His interests outside Medicine were broad. He was a devoted family man, home for six o’clock dinner each evening. He played competition cricket, tennis, squash and croquet. He enjoyed bushwalking, golf and international travel. He loved attending classical music concerts, the opera, theatre, the State Library, and galleries.
 
Fred was a highly respected friend and colleague whose patient and gentle wisdom and advice will be greatly missed. Fred was a true Gentleman.

Rest in Peace
Fred Tosolini was highly respected as a helpful, kind and friendly person who was a mentor to others over many decades. 
He will be remembered.

 
Gwynne Thomas
Emeritus A/Professor Gwynne W Thomas OAM
President
Austin Health Medical Alumni Association.






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