b.6 May 1923 d.18 October 2009
LMSSA Lond(1946) MB BS(1947) MRCP(1949) MD(1950) FRCP(1983)
Stanley Leighton Orr Jackson was a consultant in geriatric medicine to the Barking group of hospitals in Essex. From its very beginning he was a committed supporter of the NHS.
Born in York, he was the son of William Jackson, an industrial chemist. After attending Archbishop Holgate’s School in York, he studied medicine at London University and Guy’s Hospital. Qualifying in 1947, he did house jobs at the Central Middlesex Hospital, where he began postgraduate training in pathology. After a contracting tuberculosis as a student, he developed an interest in respiratory medicine and moved to the Brompton Hospital in 1950 to train in this field. He became a tuberculosis officer at Uxbridge Chest Clinic at Harefield Hospital in Middlesex and worked there from 1954 to 1961.
With the decline in the incidence of tuberculosis, he moved to Stoke-on-Trent as a senior registrar in geriatric medicine, remaining there for three years before becoming a consultant in geriatrics to the Barking group of hospitals in 1964. The group was extended to include the Havering and Brentwood hospitals in 1970, thus giving him a huge workload. In spite of this, he managed to develop a modern geriatric service in South East Essex.
After his time at Stoke-on-Trent, he stayed a supporter of Stoke City Football team all his life. He was also a keen gardener and chess player.
In 1954 he married Winifred Kathleen née Coleman, whose father, Michael, was a farmer. She predeceased him, and, when he died from heart failure, he was survived by a daughter and four sons, one of whom was called Peter and another was Kevin, a medical practitioner who qualified at University College Hospital
[BMJ www.bmj.com/content/340/bmj.c489 - accessed 12 March 2015]
(Volume XII, page web)
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