Lives of the fellows

Evan Jones

b.1907 d.20 September 1969
MRCS LRCP(1931) MB BS Lond(1931) MRCP(1933) MD(1937) FRCP(1941)

Evan Jones was brought up in a small Welsh village, speaking Welsh. He was educated at Towyn County School, Wales, and St Thomas’s Hospital, London, graduating MB BS in 1931 and taking the Conjoint diploma in the same year. His academic record was remarkable. He won the William Tite scholarship, the Peacock scholarship, the Mead medal, the Haddon prize, the Toller prize, the Wainwright prize and the Perkins Fellowship - a record which has probably never been equalled. He became a member of the staff at St. Thomas’s at the age of 30, being one of the youngest members of staff every appointed. He took the MRCP in 1933, proceeded MD in 1937 and was elected a Fellow of the College in 1941. Evan Jones became physician in charge of the department of cardiology in 1942 and hence was one of the youngest cardiologists in the country. He was a superb clinician, inspiring faith in every patient he ever met. His opinion on any form of medical problem was excellent and quite apart from his diagnostic ability he had great humanity. The combination of these two qualities made him a great physician. He wrote little and took very little part in administration, but he loved his work and nothing was ever too much trouble for him. The amount of help he gave to impoverished junior students was not well known because of his modesty.

Eccentric in socially unimportant ways, erratic in timekeeping because he would become so totally absorbed in a clinical problem, unconventional in many spheres, he was loved by all because he never tried to be anything but himself. He had no time for humbug, self-deception, snobbery or intellectual dishonesty. His approach to a problem was always realistic and carried out with detailed thoroughness. He had an enormous practice and his patients were devoted to him. He excelled at clinical work and teaching clinical medicine to postgraduates. Socially he was a sympathetic and charming character, a good listener and a good talker. His gusts of laughter will always be remembered.

For many years golf was his favourite relaxation but though always keen to score well his chief pleasure was in meeting his friends, and exchanging stories of human vagaries on the course. In later years he took to fishing and whenever he had time he would be away with his rods on some loch or river.

Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
V Luniewska

[Brit.med.J., 1969, 4, 55, 308, 567; Lancet, 1969, 2, 750]

(Volume VI, page 257)

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