Lives of the fellows

Abel Jacobus de Kock

b.6 August 1958 d.21 July 2014
MB ChB Orange Free State(1982) BSc Stellenbosch(1987) MMed Orange Free State(1991) FCP SA(1992) FRCP(2006)

Abel Jacobus de Kock was a consultant physician at the James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth. He was born in Kroonstad, South Africa, the son of Jacobus Nicolaas and Felicia de Kock, and was educated at the Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool in Pretoria. He went on to the University of the Orange Free State, where he gained his MB ChB in 1982.

His first post, in 1983, was as a house officer at Conradie Hospital in Cape Town. He then joined the South African Defence Force as a medical officer with the rank of lieutenant. From 1986 to 1987 he worked at Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, investigating pulmonary obstructive diseases. In 1987 he gained a BSc degree in epidemiology from Stellenbosch University.

From 1988 to 1992 he was a specialist registrar in internal medicine and then a consultant in the intensive therapy unit at the Universitas Hospital, Bloemfontein. In 1991 he gained his masters in medicine from the University of the Orange Free State. In 1992 he was appointed to a consultant post in respiratory medicine at Tygerburg Hospital and in the same year became a fellow of the College of Physicians of South Africa.

From 1993 to 1996 he was a consultant physician for the Anglo American Corporation of South Africa, based at Ernest Oppenheimer Hospital, a hospital for the mining industry in the Free State Goldfields.

From 1996 he was a specialist physician in private practice in Vredenburg in the Western Cape province. He also owned a company, the Dr A J de Kock Research Unit, which specialised in organising clinical trials.

In 2002 he decided to leave South Africa due to the ‘deterioration in [the] private medical economic climate’ in the country and went to the UK. He was a locum consultant at the James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth, from April 2002 to November 2003 and was then appointed to a permanent consultant post there with responsibility for the respiratory, general medicine and neurology outpatient clinics. He was a member of the British Thoracic Society.

Outside medicine, he was interested in reading, the ‘development of mental skills’, including working on memory techniques, inline skating, theatre, woodworking, scuba diving and travelling.

In 1998 he married Karin, a nurse. They had a son, Mighael, and a daughter, Simònn. He died in 2014, aged just 55.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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