John (“Jock”) Burgess MetcalfeBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7353.1587/g (Published 29 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1587
John ("Jock") Burgess Metcalfe
Former general practitioner Telford (b Leeds 30 March 1921; q King’s College Hospital 1945), d 5 May 2002.
He was educated at Sedbergh School and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he studied natural sciences, to be admitted BA in 1942, before completing his medical training at King’s College Hospital. In July 1945, he married Dr Marion Davies, whom he met at Cambridge and who had also trained at King’s. After service in the Royal Air Force and resident jobs at King’s and at the burns unit at East Grinstead, he became an assistant in general practice in Wembley and then in Oundle.
In 1951, he and his wife were jointly appointed principals in general practice in Madeley. Having had two children, they then had two further children and brought them up to adulthood together. All of them attended local schools and all of them went to various universities and graduated. When Telford New Town began to take shape, they decided to move the centre of the practice to Sutton Hill, the first of the new estates, and began to take in partners to cope with the influx of new population. There had been, since they took on the practice, a branch surgery in Shifnal.
The R N Moore Housing Trust was formed in 1963, with Jock Metcalfe as chairman. The trust planned and had built an innovative scheme of 16 flatlets for pensioners of Madeley. These had common rooms and a resident warden and opened in 1966. Jock continued to chair the trust until his planning for ordination began.
He was a keen supporter of the scout movement, becoming district and then county commissioner, but was obliged to give up this work when he was accepted for ordination (he had become a lay reader in the Anglican Church and had assisted in local churches for many years.)
He retired from practice in 1973 (but returned, part time) in order to take the part time training for the Anglican Ministry at Queen’s College, Birmingham. He was ordained to the Non Stipendiary Ministry in 1976 and licensed to officiate in the Central Telford Parishes. He continued this work and the part time general practice until 1984, when, as a result of his decision to leave home and live with Mrs Ronwyn Walker (whom he married after his first marriage was dissolved in 1989), his licence to officiate in the Anglican Church was revoked and he retired altogether from general practice.
His health was already failing by then, but he continued to do some private practice in counselling and hypnotherapy for a time. In the last few years he had increasingly poor health and died after several admissions to hospital. He is survived by his first wife, Marion; three sons and a daughter; seven grandchildren; and by his second wife, Ronwyn. [Ronwyn Metcalfe]
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