Lives of the fellows

Alaric Everard Francis Jayesinghe

b.7 November 1930 d.2 February 1991
MB BS Ceylon(1957) MRCPE(1963) MRCP(1963) DCH(1963) MD Ceylon(1964) FRCP(1984) FCCP Sri Lanka

Alaric Jayesinghe was the son of Frank Lionel Jayesinghe, a mercantile executive from Kotte Sri Jayawardenepura - the present administrative capital of Sri Lanka. He was educated at the Royal College, Colombo, and entered the University of Ceylon in 1951 to study medicine. After qualification he held the post of house surgeon at the General Hospital, Kurunegal, and the Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Colombo. He subsequently spent a brief period in general practice, met and married Frances Bertha Elizabeth née Jayakody in 1959, and came to the UK for postgraduate study. He obtained his membership of the College and of the Edinburgh College, and also the DCH, before returning to Ceylon in 1963 where he was appointed resident physician to the Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital. He obtained his MD Ceylon during this period and served as consultant paediatrician in Kegalle, Galle and Colombo South General Hospital from 1965-80. In 1980 he was appointed consultant paediatrician to the Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital, a post he held as senior consultant paediatrician until 1990 when he retired from the health services, having reached the compulsory retirement age. He was a paediatrician par excellence, with amazing clinical judgement and simple treatment, loved both by children and parents.

He was elected president of the Paediatric Association of Sri Lanka and a Fellow of the Ceylon College of Physicians of Sri Lanka. He was a member of the board of studies in paediatrics at the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, and an examiner in his specialty. He was also an honorary lecturer and clinical teacher to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University. Both his colleagues and his students considered him to be one of the the best clinical teachers in paediatrics. Many of his students are now holding consultant posts.

Alaric Jayesinghe was very well read, with a deep love of music, having obtained a teacher’s diploma from the Trinity College of Music, London. He also enjoyed most sports and was a keen tennis player, a game which he enjoyed with his charming wife. They had two children, a son and a daughter. He was essentially a family man and his wit and pungent humour were always a source of entertainment both to friends and relatives. Members of his extended family would frequently gather together with his close friends to partake of his hospitality. His death was sudden, unexpected, and a profound shock to all who knew him.

M H De Zoysa

(Volume IX, page 270)

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