Lives of the fellows

Robert Howel White-Jones

b.27 April 1914 d.19 September 2003
MB ChB Liverpool(1938) DObst(1940) DCH(1947) MD(1948) MRCP(1948) FRCP(1972)

Howel White-Jones was a consultant paediatrician in Liverpool. He was educated in the inter war years, qualified from Liverpool, and served in the army during the Second World War with the RAMC in England and Europe. After the war, he was initially medical registrar at the Royal Southern Hospital and then at the Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital. He was appointed as a consultant at the beginning of the National Health Service in 1948.

In the post-war years, there were not only paediatric beds at Whiston Hospital, Liverpool, but at St Helen's Hospital, as well as at the Providence Hospital and at the local maternity hospital. It is difficult to comprehend nowadays how a single-handed practitioner could fulfil all this work with its never-ending round of involvement with patients and families. It was only towards the end of his career that a second consultant was appointed to share the workload.

On his retirement, Howel continued to carry out community sessions to keep in touch. He was continually amused at the expansion in medical staff of the paediatric department, which within 10 years had expanded from one and a half full-time equivalents, to three and a half full-time equivalents, with nine junior staff. Over the next 10 years there was further expansion.

In retirement, he enjoyed gardening and music, being a regular visitor to the Liverpool Philharmonic. Howel was described as a gentleman's gentleman, a rare commodity indeed and this was well recognized during his final illness when many folk came to visit and cheer up 'their doc'. After all, there were hundreds of children, young people and adults in the area who owed their lives and health to Howell's skills.

J A Sills

(Volume XI, page 618)

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