Lives of the fellows

John Frederick Robinson

b.7 December 1930 d.25 October 2003
MB BS Lond(1954) MCRP(1960) FRCP(1975)

John Frederick Robinson was a consultant cardiologist at the Southern General Hospital, Glasgow. Born in London, the son of an engineer, he qualified at the London Hospital in 1954. After junior posts, he served for two years in the RAMC, in Malaysia, where he was mentioned in despatches. After further junior posts at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, he returned to the London Hospital. He then moved to the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, where he began his career in cardiology under Joe Wright [Munk's Roll, Vol.IX, p.605]. He subsequently returned to the London Hospital for a further seven years and from a senior registrar post there went back to Glasgow in 1968 to become a consultant cardiologist at the Southern General Hospital. John remained in that post and was, latterly, consultant in charge of the coronary care unit until his retirement in 1995.

John was the consummate physician. His manner was very reassuring and his ability to convey the essence of a problem readily, simply and with confidence greatly reduced patients' anxieties and made them feel valued. John was popular with his colleagues and, when not discussing clinical problems, could be seen smoking his pipe. He engaged in conversations about many things, usually telling amusing anecdotes. He was by nature a modest man who did not seek fame or fortune, but preferred to proceed quietly with the job in hand and to do it to the best of his considerable ability.

John met his wife Margaret, who was a nurse throughout her working life, in Cambridge when they worked together on the children's ward at Addenbrooke's Hospital. They married in 1960. John was very much a family man who did not stray often from his home other than to play golf. He was interested in music and spent many hours working on his house and garden.

Sadly, John's final years were blighted by coronary artery disease, which required surgical treatment, and the sudden appearance of a lung tumour which progressed rapidly. John was survived by his wife Margaret, his two daughters (Fiona, also a doctor, and Vanessa) and his son Nick.

Michael Bond

[Brit.med.J.,2004,329,406]

(Volume XII, page web)

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