b.7 May 1909 d.4 February 2000
BM BCh Oxon(1933) MRCP(1936) FRCP(1947)
Jack Watson Litchfield was a consultant physician at St Mary’s Hospital, London. The son of a schoolmaster, his roots were in East Anglia. He was educated in Ipswich and was then awarded a scholarship to Oriel College, Oxford University. At Oxford he gained university prizes in physiology, pathology and pharmacology. He went on to St Mary’s Hospital, London, for his clinical studies on a university scholarship.
During the Second World War, he served in the RAMC in North Africa, Italy and the Middle East, and was mentioned in despatches.
Following demobilization, he was appointed to the staff of St Mary’s and King Edward’s Hospital, Ealing. At St Mary’s he specialised in cardiology and became the physician in charge of the cardiac department.
He was fascinated by natural history and, when he retired in 1972 to East Anglia, he and his wife, Nan, created gardens and preserved woodland. He was survived by two sons (John and David) and a daughter, Kate.
[Brit.med.J.,200 320 1344; St Mary’s Hosp Gazette, 1972, 78, 17 & 24-26]
(Volume XII, page web)
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