Lives of the fellows

Kevin Vernon Jones

b.8 March 1927 d.19 June 1994
BSc Liverp(1948) MB ChB(1951) DCH(1953) MRCP(1955) DTM&H(1962) FRCP(1976)

During his career as a paediatrician Kevin Vernon Jones helped establish paediatric services in the armed forces. He was born in Liverpool and, after attending Holt Grammar School, went to Liverpool University. He continued his training during National Service and in 1957 took a regular commission in the Army. He was seconded to the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, and developed a world-wide evacuation service for paediatric casualties. As command paediatrician to the British Army of the Rhine and later to the Far East land forces he became an expert in neonatology and paediatric tropical medicine.

In 1974 he left the Army and joined the NHS. He was given administrative responsibility for co-ordinating paediatrics in the Wirral and helped plan the service in Arrowe Park Hospital. Despite having a successful NHS career he resigned and settled in a small but active private hospital in Bahrain. He was appointed chief of medical staff in 1985 and helped establish a successful in vitro fertilization unit.

He had various interests outside medicine. He loved sport and had learnt to fly as a medical student. He enjoyed the arts and was a connoisseur of fine wines. He married Gladys Patricia Ann in 1951 and they had two sons and two daughters. A colonic malignancy first diagnosed in 1992 brought his career to a premature end.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 1994,309,1655]

(Volume X, page 266)

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