About Eric Roditi
In process of verification and addition, taken from conversations between Eric Roditi, Bobbie Latreche and Ellie Gabbay, held 27th & 28th January 2009 in Eric's flat, about family and photographs.
"I was born in Manchester, (1929), and attended several schools there, Palatine School, in Palatine Road, Didsbury, where we lived, and Cavendish Road School.
I wanted to be able to read like grown-up people did, so my mother taught me. She was very good and I was very quick, I learnt in a fortnight!
I remember the first book I read was, "The Water Babies", by Charles Kingsley.
The war started in 1939. During the war I was evacuated to Elton, Derbyshire. 6mths obtained a scholarship pass to Burnage High School in Manchester. I did very well there until my mother died, in February 1941. Then my schooling went to pieces, I was eleven. My school reports were bad and got very bad, and my father became concerned so he sent me to a boarding school at Rydal, near Conway in Wales for three years. I was desperately unhappy at Rydal, desperately unhappy, and I left at fifteen. My reports had improved, I took my school certificates and matriculated. I had a lot of credits; top in three piano competitions.
In 1945 the war came to an end and so did Rydal!
Father had a word with a Head Master and sent me to Manchester Grammar School. I was admitted as a day pupil and was very happy there. I needed to be at home. I was happy for two years.It was a great contrast.
I won a scholarship, aged 17, to the Royal College of Music, but my father thought it better for me to study medicine so I spent seven years (1947-54) at the Medical School of Manchester University.
I qualified as a doctor in December 1954 at Manchester University. Various hospital appointments followed for a couple of years. General Practice 1958 trainee 1 year in Marylebone. Assistant for number of years and principal in 1965 in own practice in Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2. I left in 1970, was a locum in various places until 1974/5 then had a partnership in Penge until retirement in 1982.
Lived for some time at Moat House Hotel, (now demolished), where I made some good friends, and also lodged with Eileen and Barry? who also became very good friends, but sadly, both have died now.
I have lived in my present flat, on the Dulwich estate, for the last forty years.
I was asked to be a Godfather to my cousin Marcel's son John and also to William Dobson, (Bill), the son of some patients of mine.
Great interests, bird watching, ecology, philosophy, (inventions, - pouch-shaped handkerchieves, to protect others from germs; intelligent traffic lights to redirect traffic when there were jams,- in early 1980's, before mass computerisation and rctv ). The arts, visual and performing, particularly enjoy good music, classical, Beatles, Berwald, Beethoven, 2-3 Promenade Concerts per year, and many others. Used to enjoy walking and touring holidays.
Maintained a life-long association with close school friend in Manchester.
Spent one month as 'a communist' in Israel at Kibbutz Maaganit in 1970. Grew a beard there and had to surrender all personal articles and share everything including clothes with the other members of the Kibbutz. Had to even ask for money to make a phone call! but I loved it there and would have willingly stayed had I not had to return to England, my work etc.