Lives of the fellows

John Rodgers Cox

b.6 May 1927 d.18 November 2013
MB ChB Sheffield(1954) MRCS LRCP(1954) MD(1961) MRCPsych(1971) MRCP(1973) FRCP(1981) MRCGP

John Rodgers Cox, known as ‘Rodgers’, was a consultant physician in geriatric and general medicine at Nether Edge and Royal Hallamshire hospitals in Sheffield. He was born in Riddings, Derbyshire, the son of John Cox, a mining engineer, and Olive Cox, a milliner. He had one sister, Peggy. He was educated at Nottingham High School and Sheffield University.

His early medical training was at the Royal Hospital in Sheffield and Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. He was then a research assistant to Sir Charles Stuart-Harris [Munk’s Roll, Vol.X, p.477], before working in general practice in Sheffield.

He returned to hospital medicine as a clinical assistant in psychiatry at Middlewood Hospital, Sheffield, and then took up the post of consultant physician in medicine, geriatric medicine and psychogeriatric medicine at Nether Edge and Middlewood hospitals in Sheffield, before moving on to his final consultant role. He was instrumental in the setting up of a specialist stroke unit at Nether Edge Hospital, providing integrated medical, nursing and therapist care in one unit.

He was actively involved in the teaching of junior doctors, becoming an honorary clinical lecturer in medicine and geriatric medicine in 1970.

Rodgers became involved in the administrative side of the NHS, becoming chairman of the Nether Edge Hospital medical committee and, in 1992, the year he retired, chairman of the Trent Regional Health Authority medical committee.

Outside of his hospital roles, he was a member and treasurer of the British Geriatrics Society, president of the British Association for Service to the Elderly and a trustee of Age Concern England. He was a member of the Society for Endocrinology and a member of the Association of Police Surgeons. He worked as a police surgeon for many years, continuing in this role after his retirement from the NHS.

Rodgers was a keen sportsman throughout his life and a firm supporter of Derby County Football Club. He represented both school and university at athletics and cricket, and continued to play competitive cricket well into his sixties, being captain of his local cricket team. On giving up cricket, he took up golf and played well into his eighties.

Rodgers married Shelagh Marjorie Bains in 1952 and they celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in 2012. Shelagh died in July 2013. They were survived by three children, Susan, Joanne and Alan, and by eight grandchildren.

Jo Smith

[BMJ 2014 349 5625 – accessed 25 April 2016; The University of Sheffield Alumni News Archive Shelagh Cox and J Rodgers Cox – accessed 25 April 2016]

(Volume XII, page web)

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