James Robert AscottJoze JancarMendel Rafael (“Max”) PolliackPamela PowellFrederick William RichardsBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7254.180 (Published 15 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:180
James Robert Ascott
Former medical superintendent Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton (b 1914; q St Thomas's 1937), died after cerebrovascular episodes on 27 January 2000. Jim's early medical career was interrupted by a prolonged fight against tuberculosis, which included the induction of an artificial pneumothorax. He started work at Queen Mary's just before it became a key rehabilitation centre for servicemen wounded during the second world war. He developed skills in plastic surgery, his particular interest being in eyes. In 1952 he helped to open the burns unit, which he worked in. He was superintendent until Queen Mary's became a general hospital in 1961. His diplomatic approach and concern for the staff ensured a smooth changeover. Jim then moved to the planning department of the Ministry of Health and retired in 1974. In later years he produced fine marquetry and a glorious garden in East Sheen. He provided advice and support for local Abbeyfield Society services. He leaves a wife, Joan; a son and a daughter; and three grandchildren.
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