Lives of the fellows

Edward Harry Jarvis

b.5 May 1934 d.7 September 1993
BA Oxon(1955) MA(1959) BM BCh(1959) MRCP(1963) FRCP(1977)

Ted Jarvis was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, the son of Henry Jarvis, a company director. He was educated at Stowe School and Magdalen College, Oxford. After his first degree, he spent a year in research work before starting his clinical training. Later, following qualification, he spent some time in general practice prior to pursuing a career in hospital medicine. From 1963-65 he worked as a medical registrar at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, before taking up a senior registrar post in Ipswich. He was appointed consultant physician and geriatrician at Newcastle General Hospital in 1967, where he was responsible to J Grimley Evans for the development of the Newcastle system of integrating general medicine and geriatrics, which improved the care of patients of all ages. The close relationship between general medicine and geriatrics also influenced medical students and junior medical staff, a number of whom subsequently followed a career involving the care of elderly people. In addition to his commitments at Newcastle General Hospital, Ted supervised the long term care of elderly patients at Wooley Hospital, Northumberland, and Lemington Hospital, Newcastle. For many years he also ran the unit for the young chronic sick at Hunter's Moor Hospital.

Although Ted was considered by many to be a physician of ‘the old school’ he was in fact interested in new ideas and developments and would include them in his practice where appropriate. He took a genuine interest in all aspects of his patients' lives and had a remarkable memory for the details of their medical and social history. Ted had an ideal combination of background knowledge, experience, clinical judgement and intuition which allowed him to be a most effective and compassionate physician. He was quiet and unassuming but had a delightful sense of humour. He was popular with his patients, nursing staff and medical colleagues. He also took a great interest in the training and subsequent careers of his junior medical staff.

In 1965 he married Dr Sandra Vaughan, whose lively outgoing personality complemented his own quieter nature. They had three daughters, Anna, Jessica and Sally, who brought them much happiness. Tragically, Sandra died in 1984 - an event from which Ted never really recovered. He retired prematurely because of ill health in 1992. This enabled him to pursue his great interest in gardening and to spend more time with his family and friends, but he maintained contact with his former colleagues at Newcastle General. Sadly, his retirement was cut short by rapidly progressive malignant disease.

R M Francis

[Brit.med.J., 1993,307,1208]

(Volume IX, page 269)

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