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Biographical entry Jones, Roland Norman (1919 - 2001)

MRCS and FRCS 1948; MB BChir Cambridge 1942; MA 1945; MChir 1948; LRCP 1948.

16 May 1919
Southport, Lancashire
17 October 2001
General surgeon and Vascular surgeon


Roland Jones was a consultant surgeon at Essex County and Black Notley Hospitals. He was born in Southport, Lancashire, on 16 May 1919. His father Norman was an architect, his mother was Esther née Cooper. He was educated at Oundle and St John's College, Cambridge, from which he went to St Thomas's to study medicine. After house appointments, he joined the RNVR and served in landing craft at the Sicily landings.

On demobilisation, he returned to St Thomas's to specialise in surgery, passed the Fellowship, and, after a post as senior registrar at St Thomas's, became consultant surgeon at the Essex County Hospital in Colchester and Black Notley. There he performed the first peritoneal dialysis in this country and developed a special interest in vascular surgery, driving to London to collect freeze-dried cadaver grafts for the treatment of aortic aneurysm. Later he carried out carotid artery endarteriectomy under hypothermia, as well as hepatectomy and pneumonectomy. There had been a very active teaching centre in Colchester for many years based on Saturday morning 'grand rounds'. Roland kept this tradition alive, attracting surgeons from all over the region.

He was a genial, likeable man, whose ability to make friends played a major part in defusing arguments with the trade unions. A useful rugby player in his earlier years, he was a keen golfer and an enthusiastic cricketer, being captain of a touring side called 'the Hoboes'. Challenged after one disastrous performance as to why he had put himself on to bowl, he retorted "First of all I am the captain and secondly I bought the ball!" He married twice, had two daughters and three sons, two of whom became doctors, and 21 grandchildren. He died on 17 October 2001.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information from Douglas Millar, FRCS].

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