Lives of the fellows

Frank George James Hayhoe

b.25 October 1920 d.28 November 2009
BA Cantab(1942) MRCS LRCP(1944) MB BChir(1945) MRCP(1949) MD(1951) FRCP(1965) FRCPath(1971)

Frank Hayhoe was a foundation fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge and its first vice-master from 1964 to 1974. As the first professor in that discipline, he took a lead in the establishment of academic haematology in the university.

Born in Reading, Berkshire, he was the son of Frank Stanley Hayhoe, a schoolmaster, and his wife, Catherine Elizabeth née Maginn, whose father, James, was a farmer. After attending Selhurst Grammar School in Croydon, he studied medicine at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and St Thomas’s Hospital in London. Qualifying in 1945, he did house jobs at St Thomas’s.

Later that year he enlisted in the RAMC to do his National Service. He undertook general medical duties in various units, military hospitals and reception stations, both in India and the UK.

On demobilisation in 1947, he returned to St Thomas’s as a registrar in clinical pathology for two years. He then went to Cambridge as Elmore research student in haematology in the department of medicine. In 1951 he was appointed lecturer in medicine to the university and honorary consultant physician to the united Cambridge hospitals. Some time later, in 1968, he became Leukaemia Research Fund Professor of Haematological Medicine, a newly created position. In this post his particular contribution was to differentiate the separate and diverse individual diseases that make up the overall group of leukaemias. His thoughtful, scholarly work was to become a benchmark for leukaemia research and treatment for many years. He published numerous scientific papers on aspects of haematology, especially leukaemia and lymphoma, and wrote Leukaemia: research and clinical practice (London, Churchill, 1960) and The cytobiology of leukaemias and lymphomas (New York, Raven, 1985), among others.

As vice-master of Darwin College from 1964 to 1974, the first 10 years of its existence, he was in a unique position to develop the potential of this pioneering graduate college. Together with the master, Sir Frank Young [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VIII, p.559], he managed to overcome the reluctance of the university to found a clinical medical school and took part in the initial development of Addenbrooke's Hospital towards becoming a world leading campus in the medical and biological sciences.

In his youth he played football for Cambridge (gaining a blue) and St Thomas’s. He enjoyed music, literature, travel and the study of foreign languages.

In 1945, he married Jacqueline Marie Marguerite née Dierkx (‘Jaqui’), a Belgian nurse whom he met at St Thomas’s. Her father, Jan, was a police force officer in the Belgian gendarmerie. It was said that her warmth and vivacity enhanced his time at Darwin. She survived him, together with their two sons, of whom one, Simon, is an anaesthetist.

RCP editor

[The Darwinian - accessed 12 March 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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