ObituaryBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6969.1655 (Published 17 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1655
On qualifying, Kevin Vernon Jones was intent on a career in paediatrics. He continued his paediatric training during his national service and in 1957 took a regular commission to help found the specialty of paediatrics in the armed forces. He worked at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, and developed a worldwide evacuation service for paediatric casualties. As command paediatrician to the British army of the Rhine and later to Far East land forces he became expert in neonatology and paediatric tropical medicine and spent six years building up a global coordinated service with a referral system based on the Hospital for Sick Children.
In 1974 he left the army for the NHS. He was given administrative responsibility for coordinating paediatrics in Wirral and helped plan the service in what is now Arrowe Park Hospital. Despite his successful NHS career he felt compelled to resign and settled in a small but active private hospital in Bahrain, where he helped to establish a successful in vitro fertilisation unit; he was appointed chief of medical staff in 1985. The discovery in 1992 of a colonic malignancy brought his career to a premature end.
Outside medicine Kevin had numerous interests. He learnt to fly at university and was passionately fond of all sport; he enjoyed the arts and was a connoisseur of fine wines. Above all, though, his family remained the central pivot around which his life ran. He is survived by his wife, Pat, and four children and three grandchildren.—KEVIN STANNARD
Kevin Vernon Jones, who was a consultant paediatrician and chief of medical staff at the International Hospital of Bahrain 1982-91, died 19 June aged 67. Born 8 March 1927; educated Holt School, Liverpool, and Liverpool University (BSc (physiology) 1948; MB, ChB 1951). Registrar in paediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children, …