Lives of the fellows

Richard Edmund Britten-Jones

b.11 June 1918 d.5 January 2006
MD Adelaide FRACP FRCP(1980)

Richard Edmund Britten-Jones was a cardiologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He was born in Bangalore, India, where his father, the distinguished physician, Sir Edmund Britten Jones, was serving in the RAMC. His mother, Hilda, was the daughter of Francis Fisher, an Adelaide barrister. Educated at St Peter’s College Adelaide, he then studied medicine at the University of Adelaide and the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

After service in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps from 1942 to 1946, he returned to Adelaide, where he spent the rest of his career. At the Royal Adelaide Hospital he specialised in cardiology and was appointed visiting medical specialist in 1977. He was a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed horse racing, golf, tennis, reading and ornithology.

In 1943, he married Ruth Morphett née Gunson, the daughter of John Bernard Gunson, a medical practitioner. Ruth predeceased him in 1984, and he was survived by their daughter and grandson, Sam Heairfield.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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