Lives of the fellows

Frederic Sinclair Jackson

b.10 August 1914 d.23 September 1999
MRCS LRCP(1940) MB BChir Cantab(1941) MRCP(1948) FRCP(1962)

Note: the first obituary (below) was published in print form in Volume XI; the second was received after publication of the printed edition.

Frederic Sinclair Jackson was a consultant cardiologist at Newcastle. He was born in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, the son of Percy Jackson, a bank manager, and Ellen Preston. He was educated at Bingley Grammar School, and then went on to study mathematics and economics at Cambridge. He then started a career in banking, but left to study medicine at the London Hospital. He held house officer posts at the London, and then became a resident medical officer at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield.

In June 1941 he joined the RAF as a medical officer with the rank of squadron leader, and served in the UK, India, Ceylon, Burma and Malaya. He returned to the London Hospital and carried out research into pulmonary oedema.

In 1950 he was appointed as a cardiologist to Newcastle General Hospital, where he played a key role in the development of cardiac services in the area. He was largely responsible for the establishment of a coronary care unit and became head of the cardiac department.

Outside medicine, he was a keen mountaineer, and climbed in the Alps, in North and South America, and in the Himalayas. He was a member of the Alpine Club and was the medical officer to an expedition that attempted to climb Ama Dablam in 1959. In 1964 he visited Bhutan as cardiologist to the king and returned several times.

He married Joan Temperley in 1951, and they had two daughters and three grandchildren. He died from heart failure in Zimbabwe, where he had spent his final years with one of his daughters.

RCP editor


Frederic Jackson, a cardiologist in Newcastle upon Tyne, came from a well-known and extensive Yorkshire family. He was born in Knaresborough and grew up in Bingley, attending the grammar school there. His initial career preference was for banking, his father being manager of Barclays Bank in Bradford. He entered St John’s College, Cambridge, and read mathematics and economics. After graduating in 1936 he took a post in a London bank, but after a time decided to change course and study medicine. This he did at the London Hospital. He then joined the RAF, serving in India and Burma as medical officer to 17 squadron.

After the war he returned to the London Hospital and specialised in cardiology as Patterson research scholar in the cardiac department under William Evans [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VIII, p.146] and Sir John Parkinson [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VII, p.443]. In 1951 he was appointed consultant cardiologist at the Newcastle General Hospital. Here his expertise in cardiac investigation and diagnosis was a major contribution to the development of cardiac surgery in the north east region. He was highly regarded as a cardiologist and in due course became head of the cardiac department at Newcastle General Hospital.

Fred was a kind and generous man with an unorthodox and adventurous streak. He was a great traveller, with a liking for wilder places. He had many Swedish friends, and with them visited and camped in Lapland. He became an experienced mountaineer and a member of the Alpine Club, having climbed in Switzerland, North and South America and the Himalayas. He was a member of the team which in 1959 attempted the ascent of Ama Dablam, near Everest. On that occasion he made a valuable study of the effect of high altitudes on the heart; his findings were published in the British Heart Journal. He later was invited to Bhutan as cardiologist to the king, and returned subsequently there a number of times.

In 1951 he married Joan Temperley of Newcastle, who was a loving and supportive wife. She accompanied him often on his travels, including a visit to Bhutan. A few years after her death in 1990 Fred went to live with his daughter Helen in Zimbabwe, where he died, aged 85. His other daughter, Anthea, is a doctor, practising in Newcastle.

John Cosh

(Volume XI, page web)

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