Lives of the fellows

Samuel Thomas Howard Jenkins

b.12 March 1910 d.6 April 1991
MRCS LRCP(1937) MB BS Lond(1939) MRCP(1946) DCH(1947) FRCP(1971)

Howard Jenkins was the only son of Thomas Jenkins, ironmonger. For a Welsh boy, he was privileged to receive a public school education at Queen’s College, Taunton. His medical education began in Cardiff and he qualified at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.

After various house appointments in London, he took up a post as RMO at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, and remained there until November 1943 when he joined the RAF. After demobilization in February 1947 he returned to Cardiff, taking up a post as paediatric registrar at Cardiff Royal Infirmary.

With the formation of the National Health Service he was appointed consultant physician and paediatrician to the Mid Wales area, based at Aberystwyth. Previously there had not been any consultants in general medicine in this area, the consultant staff being surgically orientated. This was a unique appointment, combining two specialties, and Howard's task was to convince his general practitioner colleagues of the value of consultant medical care. This he did so effectively that the same area now has two general physicians, two geriatricians and two paediatricians to supply its present needs. The Mid Wales area is geographically very large and the demands of travel and commitment to on-call duty were heavy. Howard retired in 1975.

Howard had a very independent character, he was very suspicious of bureaucracy but very supportive of his nursing staff. He was great company and a tremendous raconteur with a highly individual style. His initial training had been in the classics and, although a Welsh-speaking Welshman, he developed a love of English which was evident in his writings throughout his life. In his early years he was an enthusiastic rugby player and in later years he continued to take a knowledgeable interest in the game. He also enjoyed cricket, roaming the Welsh hills with his dog, and fishing for salmon and trout. His wife Saidie, nee Davies, whom he married in 1942, survived him. There were no children of the marriage.

A G Davies

[Brit.med.J., 1991,302,1460-61]

(Volume IX, page 273)

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