It is with extreme sadness that I advise of the passing this morning, Wednesday the 2nd August, of Dr. Iain Todd at Buchanan House nursing home, Drymen.
In his ninety third year, Iain had lived independently until only very recently, when declining health required him to move to Buchanan House.
To describe “Toddy” as a kenspeckle rugby figure would overlook and undersell his many achievements in the game of rugby union, both at amateur and professional level, as a leading administrator in the domestic game in Scotland and eventually as president of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) in the first year the game became professional in 1995.
“Toddy” was a leading figure in the prominent rise of the Glasgow district side (GDRU) in the days of the old unofficial championship. He served on the GDRU from the mid 1970’s, and in tandem on many of the committees at Murrayfield and also on its general committee.
His spiritual home was, however, always Hughenden, the ground of Hillhead HSFP RFC and latterly Hillhead Jordanhill RFC. He was able to trace his lineage to the World War 1 memorial panel in the current Sports Club bar where his uncle’s name was inscribed. On demob from the army in 1947, he played in the 1st XV, but the pressures of early family life and his work as a GP restricted his on field contributions.
His early committee life was as rugby secretary and, among other duties, he was 1st XV touch judge, always ensuring he packed his kit bag with his playing gear, without his wife Isobel’s knowledge, in case the “team was ever short”! He had and enjoyed for many years a formidable reputation as grounds convener, not perhaps as severe as a “keep off the grass” approach, but more sympathetic to the long term seasonal needs of the Hughenden pitches.
In his later years, Dr. Todd was a faithful attender at all the Hills home games at Hughenden and was regularly present during season 2016/2017, driving himself from his home in Drymen to the grounds in the west end of Glasgow. Always first up to the function room for the pre-match lunches, he remained as knowledgeable about the game as ever and totally committed to the Hills. “Toddy” was absolutely delighted when he became one of the first inductees in April 2014 to the HiIls legends at a ceremony in the clubhouse, and also later that year when he enjoyed his 90th birthday celebrations, again at Hughenden, with his extended family.
The club at Hughenden and the wider rugby community has lost a highly respected member of its family, but to Iain’s own family all at HJRFC extend their sincerest condolences. Funeral arrangements will follow when available.