Lives of the fellows

John Aloysius McBride

b.4 April 1932 d.29 May 2000
MB ChB Glasg(1957) MRCP(1964) FRCP(1983) FRCP Edin FRCPC

John A McBride, known as 'Jack', was a remarkable haematologist. Although he trained as a clinician and was a fellow of three Colleges of Physicians (Edinburgh, London and Canada), he excelled in the art and science of laboratory haematology.

Jack was born in Paisley, Scotland, and was educated at St Aloysius College in Glasgow. He completed his undergraduate medical training in Glasgow and his post-graduate haematology studies in Edinburgh, London and Boston. Jack had a gifted mind and a keen sense of observation, a combination that made him a superb haematological morphologist.

He was recruited by McMaster University in 1969 to plan the haematology programme in the newly established medical school. At McMaster he played a critical role in developing and maintaining a training programme in haematology which is now considered one of the best in North America.

Jack was at his best when teaching medical students and haematology residents. It was then that his knowledge, talent, personality and sense of humour flourished. He was an acknowledged expert in megaloblastic anaemia, transfusion medicine and the interpretation of the morphology of blood films and bone marrows. Jack was able to impart his knowledge and skill to generations of students and residents at the Hammersmith Hospital in London and at McMaster University in Canada. Physicians trained by him now occupy prominent positions at universities throughout North America, and all recall his teaching fondly.

He was a keen golfer, excellent bridge player and a devoted husband and father. Jack had deep faith in religion, which stemmed from his Jesuit education.

Over the last few years, he suffered many setbacks in his health. However he continued to maintain an admirable zest for life. He accepted these health problems with grace, serenity and equanimity.

Mo Ali

(Volume XI, page 356)

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