Thomas Shirley Hele (1881-1953)

Picture of Thomas Shirley Hele

T. S. Hele, affectionately known as "Timmy", graduated B.A. from Emmanuel in 1903. In 1911, when he had proceeded to the M.D. degree, he returned to Emmanuel as a Fellow, to join college teaching with biochemical research under Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins (himself a sometime Fellow of the College).

Hele served in turn every College office except that of Dean, and was Master from 1935 to his retirement in 1951. He served in the First World War as a Captain of the Royal Army Medical Corps, fighting malaria in Macedonia. As Senior Tutor he was the last to occupy Emmanuel House ex officio as his family residence, from where he offered warm hospitality. The responsibility of being Master during wartime was for him compounded by the duties of Vice-Chancellor in 1943-5.

He is remembered as an exceptional teacher of medical students and an effective college administrator, but still finding time for vacation hill-walking in the Lake District, and maintaining a lively interest in College history and antiquities.