Lives of the fellows

James Leslie Thirkettle

b.15 April 1936 d.20 March 2013
MB BS Lond(1955) MRCP(1961) FRCP(1978)

James Leslie Thirkettle was a consultant physician in general medicine at Crawley Hospital, West Sussex. Born in London, he was the son of Harry George Thirkettle, a civil servant. Educated at the Royal Masonic School, he studied medicine at London University and Charing Cross Hospital.

Qualifying in 1955, he did house jobs at the Lambeth and Wembley hospitals and then joined the RAMC to do his two years of National Service. On demobilisation in 1958 he moved to the Rochford Hospital. Two years later he became a registrar at the Hillingdon Hospital, staying until 1962 when he moved to the medical professorial unit of Bristol Royal Infirmary. In 1965 he went to Leicester Royal Infirmary as a senior registrar and then to the Sheffield Royal Infirmary. In 1970 he was appointed a consultant physician in general medicine to the Crawley Hospital. During his career he published papers on drug therapy for hypertension and folic acid deficiency.

As a student he had been captain of the hockey team. In later life he enjoyed sea fishing, walking, golf and gardening.

In 1965 he married Audrey Anne née Lambourne, whose father, Francis Reginald Lambourne, was an electrical engineer. Audrey predeceased him, and when he died he was survived by his nephew Gavin Crickmore.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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