Lives of the fellows

Dashper James Arkle

b.24 August 1919 d.3 April 2000
BA Oxon(1940) BM BCh(1943) MRCP(1947) DPM(1951) FRCPsych(1972) FRCP(1973)

Dashper James Arkle was a former chief medical officer and medical director at Fairmile Mental Hospital, Oxfordshire. He was born in Liverpool, the son of Alexander Septimus Arkle, a physician, and Lilian Octavia née Glynn, the daughter of Thomas Robinson Glynn [Munk’s Roll, Vol.IV, p.288], professor of medicine at Liverpool University. Two of his uncles were also Fellows of the College – Charles Arkle [Munk’s Roll, Vol.IV, p.401] and Ernest Edward Glynn [Munk’s Roll, Vol.IV, p.330]. He was educated at Shrewsbury and then at Oxford. He went to Liverpool for his clinical studies. For six months in 1943 he was a house physician at Liverpool United Hospitals.

From 1943 to 1946 he was a surgeon lieutenant in the RNVR and served on HMS Bentinck and HMS Victory. Following his demobilisation, he became a medical registrar at Walton Hospital. From 1947 to 1952 he trained in psychiatry, as a psychiatric registrar and then a senior registrar in psychiatry at the Liverpool United Hospitals.

In 1948 he was appointed as a neuropsychiatrist to the Ministry of Pensions and, in 1952, he became a consultant psychiatrist for the Oxford Regional Hospital Board, based in Reading. In 1960 he was appointed as medical director to Fair Mile Hospital, Wallingford, where he spent the remainder of his career.

He was for many years a magistrate in Berkshire. Outside medicine, he enjoyed golf and tennis, home brewing and wine making. He married Doreen Frances née Jackson in 1953 and they had three daughters – Jane, Sarah and Susie.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J.,2000,320,1544]

(Volume XII, page web)

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