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Biographical entry Jobson, Patrick Hunter (1913 - 1998)

MRCS 1938; DLO 1946; FRCS ad eundem 1971; MB BS London 1938; LRCP 1938.

19 December 1913
Ilford, Essex
8 August 1998
ENT surgeon


Patrick Hunter Jobson was a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at Guildford. He was born in Ilford, Essex, on 19 December 1913, the son of Thomas Battersby Jobson MD, a consultant otolaryngologist, and Muriel Catherine Dorothea née Maconechy, whose father was a clergyman. Jobson was a direct descendent of John Hunter and, as such, an honorary member of the Hunterian Society. He was educated at Edgeborough Preparatory School, Guildford, and later at Charterhouse School. On leaving school, he studied medicine at King's College, London, where he qualified in 1938, having won the Watson Cheyne surgical prize and the second Todd prize in clinical medicine. Following house appointments at King's with Harold Edwards and Victor Negus, he enlisted in the RAMC and became a graded otologist and ended the war as Lieutenant Colonel, having seen service in the British Expeditionary Force, the Eighth Army, Central Mediterranean Force and the British Land Army in Northern Europe.

On returning to civilian life, Jobson returned to King's and took his diploma in laryngology and otology and became a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at Guildford, where he remained until his retirement in 1978, having been elected to the Fellowship of the College in 1971.

In 1944, Jobson married Guliema Ellen Malins. There were two children of the marriage, a daughter, Anne, and a son, David Hunter Jobson, who is a general practitioner. There are seven grandchildren.

Jobson was the first Chairman of the Higgs Charitable Trust, which was set up in 1974 through the generosity of his wife's grandfather, Thomas Wickham Jones, a wharfinger who had extensive financial interests in the London docks, and great grandmother, Lilian Wickham Higgs. The trust is designed to promote research into deafness and help educate those who work in this field, and has been of immense value to British otolaryngology. It has helped in the training, in some way, of half of British otologists. Jobson died on 8 August 1998.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Daily Telegraph 17 August 1998, without memoir].

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