Lives of the fellows

James Clancey Hogarth

b.27 March 1908 d.25 October 1979
MB ChB Glasg(1933) DPH Eng(1938) MD(1941) MRCPE(1949) MRCP(1949) FRCPE(1956) FRCP(1968)

James Clancey Hogarth was the son of Arthur James Hogarth, a distiller, and Elizabeth Clancey, who was the daughter of Richard Christopher Clancey, an ‘average adjuster’ in shipping insurance. Their home was near Glasgow. He was in fact born two months prematurely while his parents were on holiday in Devon. Part of his early life was spent in Devon where his parents built a family house overlooking Torbay, but such was their attachment to Scotland that all the stone and building materials were sent down from Scotland. His father was initially in business with Sir Alec Walker at the Johnny Walker distillery, and later became a director of Distillers, which took over the Johnny Walker firm.

James Hogarth went to Glasgow High School, and undertook his medical studies at Glasgow University and the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow. He qualified in 1933, having been the Cullen medallist and the Muirhead prizewinner in medicine. His first appointments were as house physician and house surgeon, respectively, to the professors of medicine and surgery at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. After further house appointments, Clancey, as he was generally known, came south to London, where he worked at the LCC Eastern Fever Hospital, Hackney, and where he was co-author of a textbook on Fevers with Maurice Mitman.

He went next to the Southern General Hospital until 1943, when he joined the RAMC. He became major (medical specialist) serving first on the hospital ship Dorsetshire, later as officer in charge, medical division, Stover Military Hospital, Devon, until 1947. He then resumed his previous appointment at the former Southern Hospital, Deptford, working as consultant physician and also as deputy medical superintendent. He soon became consultant physician to the Dartford Group of Hospitals.

In addition to general medicine, Clancey built up a special interest in rheumatology, a choice which may have been influenced by the fact that his mother had had severe rheumatoid arthritis. He was a keen photographer and became an excellent clinical photographer, much contributing to the value of his clinical records. He became a greatly respected, very experienced and a very kindly physician. Furthermore, his skills as an administrator contributed much to the efficiency of the hospital as it was building up under the National Health Service.

Clancey’s interest in mankind was paralleled by a strong interest in nature, particularly in the preservation and support of bird life, and also in the conservation of wild animals. At home he was a keen gardener and became a considerable authority on roses. He had a fine interest in classical music, and with his excellent auditory memory he developed his linguistic abilities. Above all he was a family man. He had married Harriette Ruth Lewis, whose father was an American farmer who served in the United States Army in the Philippines and in China.

Having graduated in 1936, Harriette studied nursing at the University of Buffalo and at the Mayer Memorial Hospital. When the second world war broke out she volunteered for overseas duty with the American National Red Cross, which was how she met James Hogarth in 1944. They married three years later at Paignton, Devonshire, and had two sons and one daughter. The eldest son, Arthur, became an analytical chemist, the second son, Roderick, went into business administration, and the daughter, Judy, took up nursery nursing and became a play therapist. Altogether he had an exceptionally happy married life.

Throughout his professional life in England he retained his characteristics as a rather dour and quiet Scotsman, one who could always be relied upon as a friend, and as a superb physician.

Sir Francis Avery Jones

[Brit.med.J., 1980, 280, 124]

(Volume VII, page 271)

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