Lives of the fellows

John Norman Harris-Jones

b.8 November 1919 d.17 September 1987
MRCS LRCP(1943) MB BS Lond(1945) MRCP(1946) MD(1949) FRCP(1970)

John Harris-Jones was born at Skewen in South Wales, the son of David Lewis Jones, a general practitioner, and his wife Amy Hopkins, daughter of a colliery manager. He was educated at Neath Grammar School and studied medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, qualifying with the conjoint in 1943. After house appointments at Bart's and the London Chest Hospital he became medical registrar and resident medical officer at Southend General Hospital. In 1947 he joined the RAMC and served with the rank of major in various military hospitals. He left the Army in 1949 and was appointed senior medical registrar to the Royal Hospital, Sheffield, where he served until 1957. In 1958 he returned to his home territory as consultant physician to the Llanelli Hospital, Swansea.

John’s skills as an excellent and dedicated physician were soon recognized throughout South Wales. In 1966 he fell seriously ill but on recovery, instead of reducing his workload he continued to work in a way which was typical of him; he renewed a longstanding interest in endocrine disease and attended a refresher course in endocrinology at the Hammersmith Hospital, London. This influenced his career as a general physician with a special interest in endocrine medicine. He built up a first class endocrine service in West Glamorgan, and established a thyroid service for the whole of west Wales. In his latter years he had a close liaison with the academic department of medicine at the University Hospital in Cardiff.

John was a very loyal colleague and a delightful companion. He loved his work but had many outside interests, including golf, rugby, music and bridge. He was also a member of the Bristol Channel Yacht Club.

In his final illness, which he characteristically diagnosed himself, he showed courage and determination to live life to the full.

In 1946 he married Caroline (Carole) Agnes Mackenzie and was blessed with a very happy family life. They had two children, a son and a daughter. His son also entered the medical profession, representing an unbroken tradition for three generations. His children and three grandchildren brought great joy to the last years of his life.

D Daley
Sir Gordon Wolstenholme

(Volume VIII, page 211)

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