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Randy Conrad

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Dr. Hoodless and his diary
« on: April 19, 2015, 03:18:58 AM »

Ric, and Martin...In Dr. Hoodless's daughter (Margaret Guthrie) account of her father...she mentions him owning a diary? At any time, has TIGHAR obtained a copy of this diary or knows of its existence? I was also shocked to see what kind of a man, who this gentleman was. Instead of a doctor, he should have become a missionary. A really good read of the 9 pages displayed. Anyway, was curious to see if by chance he had written anything down pertaining to the kanawa box in his diary?
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Martin X. Moleski, SJ

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Re: Dr. Hoodless and his diary
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2015, 05:21:46 AM »

Ric, and Martin...In Dr. Hoodless's daughter (Margaret Guthrie) account of her father...she mentions him owning a diary? At any time, has TIGHAR obtained a copy of this diary or knows of its existence? I was also shocked to see what kind of a man, who this gentleman was. Instead of a doctor, he should have become a missionary. A really good read of the 9 pages displayed. Anyway, was curious to see if by chance he had written anything down pertaining to the kanawa box in his diary?

TIGHAR got in touch with Margaret early in its investigations after the bones file was found.

My guess is circa 1999, around the time of "Bones Search I."

So far as I know, no one from TIGHAR read the diary, but Margaret said there was nothing in it--or in any other of her father's papers--about the bones.
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Bill Mangus

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Re: Dr. Hoodless and his diary
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2015, 07:14:45 AM »

Perhaps not directly about the bones, but I wonder if she has any pictures of the good Doctor in his office around the time in question.  It would be interesting to examine things in the background of any such pictures.
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Craig Romig

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Re: Dr. Hoodless and his diary
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2015, 09:16:46 AM »

Perhaps not directly about the bones, but I wonder if she has any pictures of the good Doctor in his office around the time in question.  It would be interesting to examine things in the background of any such pictures.

That's a good idea. What would come of it. Possible proof of the written record. Or a photo of something to search for.
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Jerry Germann

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Re: Dr. Hoodless and his diary
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2018, 02:11:39 PM »

https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/22066937?q=Fiji+medical+school&c=book&versionId=26619478

Has anyone here had opportunity to read through this book?
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Ric Gillespie

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Re: Dr. Hoodless and his diary
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2018, 03:04:06 PM »

Has anyone here had opportunity to read through this book?

We have Hoodless' biography "Misi Utu" written by his daughter, but I had never heard of this book.
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Re: Dr. Hoodless and his diary
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2018, 08:07:41 PM »

I wonder if it just covers Hoodless'es knowledge of the history of the school. Would be interesting to see if it contains anything relevant to the bones.
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Randy Conrad

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Re: Dr. Hoodless and his diary
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2018, 11:51:40 PM »

Ran across this article tonight of Dr. Hoodless
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Martin X. Moleski, SJ

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Re: Dr. Hoodless and his diary
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2018, 12:50:53 AM »

I wonder if it just covers Hoodless'es knowledge of the history of the school. Would be interesting to see if it contains anything relevant to the bones.

TIGHAR was in touch with the doctor's daughter back in the late 90s or early 2000s.  When I asked the question about whether we could read the doctor's diary for ourselves, the answer was that she had done so and that she saw nothing relevant to the Earhart case in the diary.  From my Fiji notes: "Hoodless' daughter, Margaret Guthrie, has been asked about the box of bones. She does not know anything about them. They were not in her father's estate. She says she is familiar with his papers and that there are no references in them, either."

In the same way, we were given assurances that there were no relevant records at the Fiji School of Medicine, but we were not allowed to look at anything they had from that era--if they did have anything.  The 2011 Bones Search III had excellent support from the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. in Fiji, and they got to search the anatomy lab, campus, and tunnels.  I'm not sure whether they asked about any records left by Hoodless.
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Randy Conrad

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Re: Dr. Hoodless and his diary
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2018, 08:39:18 PM »

Martin...Hi! At any time over the years did Tighar investigate or do research on David's spouse residence in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. I happened to notice that nothing was mentioned about his spouse, but only his daughter. After, looking this evening I found out that both David Hoodless and his wife Hilda are not buried together. So I wonder...but it would be neat to see if by chance this box is laying in some closet in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand!

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/172648091/hilda-jane-hoodless
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Martin X. Moleski, SJ

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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2018, 11:42:44 PM »

Martin...Hi! At any time over the years did Tighar investigate or do research on David's spouse residence in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. I happened to notice that nothing was mentioned about his spouse, but only his daughter. After, looking this evening I found out that both David Hoodless and his wife Hilda are not buried together. So I wonder...but it would be neat to see if by chance this box is laying in some closet in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand!

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/172648091/hilda-jane-hoodless

I haven't got a single syllable in my notes on Hilda.

Nor anything in my memory, either.

Searching Misi Utu, I see that she and Hoodless were separated during WWII.  She went to Auckland with their daughter for the duration of the war.

"Time passed. The Germans were not defeated until May 1945, but by then
DWH had been alone too long. He wrote infrequently abrupt letters. Then a
letter arrived that wounded Hilda deeply. He said he had thought matters
over - he was coping satisfactorily alone - he did not think there was any
point in her returning to Fiji and him - ever - he would transmit money
regularly as before but not write again unless there was something important
to be said."

They were reunited after the war.  Hilda went to Fiji to help Hoodless recover from problems caused by a duodenal ulcer.

"Nevertheless DWH did not wish to have his wife bound to cook every meal so
they arranged to have dinner at night at the Grand Pacific Hotel, a stroll awa)
across the park. They had their regular table, which being a table for four
sometimes had other occupants."

"DWH compiled a history of the CMS to which his friend of many years,
Ratu J.L.V. Sukuna, wrote the foreword."

Hoodless died on a visit to Europe with Hilda:

"Pisa, Rome and Florence began well but DWH became increasingly
unwell. At one stage it seemed that he might be unable to return to England
but fortunately they reached Nancy's home in Cambridge and that evening
he was admitted to the Addenbrooke Hospital. Mr Gray, the surgeon told
Hilda that her husband's position was very serious. His duodenal ulcer had
perforated, the duodenum was obstructed by old scarring but no surgery was
possible because he was also in renal failure, a complication of the many years
of a high milk diet. For a week everything was done that could be done but
DWH died on 15 April. Hilda was nevertheless glad they had made the trip
'for it has given him a great deal of overdue pleasure and we have enjoyed so
much together.'"

"The settlement of her affairs dragged on for months. First there was the
question of domicile. From the time of his retirement DWH considered
himself as officially domiciled in Fiji, but by dying in England his estate had
to be proven to the United Kingdom authorities to be that of a citizen of Fiji,
not Great Britain. Hilda also became aware that the mortally ill Sir Henry [Scott]
was not hurrying her business along because, in his weary ill state, he did not
wish to lose the companionship of her visits. Hilda had not the heart to tell
him that she felt tired and none too well herself. She did visit a doctor."

"Within a few weeks Sir Henry Scott was dead and she was able to arrange
her departure. Then, on her arrival in New Zealand, it was obvious that she
had meant what she had written. She arrived in August 1956 a patently ill
woman and died on New Year's Eve. Until the day she died there was one task
Hilda wished to fulfil. She felt she must return to England once more in a
more peaceful frame of mind to see the Stearns and visit the grave they had
arranged for her husband. It was not to be. She kept her tryst with DWH in
another manner."  <the last words of the book>


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