Lives of the fellows

Benjamin Anthony Gwynne Jenkins

b.14 June 1919 d.5 February 2007
MRCS LRCP(1942) MB BS Lond(1947) MRCP(1948) MD(1951) FRCP(1971)

Benjamin Anthony Gwynne Jenkins, known as Gwynne, was a consultant physician in Truro, Cornwall. He was born in Swansea, the son of David Anthony Jenkins, a draper, and his wife, Miriam Olive Jenkins née Jones. He was educated at Swansea Grammar School and then went on to study medicine at St Bartholomew’s Medical School. As a student during the Second World War he served in casualty clearing stations during the London Blitz.

After qualifying with the conjoint diploma in 1942, he was a house physician at Swansea General Hospital from June 1942 to February 1943, and then joined the RAF medical branch as a flight lieutenant.

He was demobilised in 1947, and returned to Swansea, where he was a medical registrar and senior medical registrar at Morriston Hospital. From February to November 1951 he was an assistant chest physician at Swansea Chest Clinic, and was then appointed as a consultant chest physician in west Cornwall. In 1965 he became senior chest physician.

He represented Cornwall on the regional hospital board, and was a member of the consultants appointments committee.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed good food, sailing, cars, photography, ornithology and walking.

In 1950 he married Mair Lloyd Jenkins (née Jones), who became senior clinical medical officer in school health in Truro. They had a son and daughter. Predeceased by his wife, he was survived by his children and five grandchildren.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2007 334 857]

(Volume XII, page web)

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