John Lawson GriffithsBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7381.167/d (Published 18 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:167
- John Lawson Griffiths
General practitioner Pen-coed, south Wales, 1951-95 and mine owner (b Swansea 12 May 1925; q St Mary’s Hospital, London, 1950), d 10 July 2002.
John arrived at St Mary’s Hospital in 1945, having distinguished himself at Swansea University by attaining his interBSc. He was later joined by his younger brother Tony, who also studied medicine at St Mary’s.
John went into general practice in Pen-coed, south Wales, where he remained until his retirement, aged 70 years. A valued member of the community, he saw the practice grow to encompass patients in 13 villages in the surrounding industrial, farming, and mining communities.
In 1957, while still working his one-in-two general practice rota, he went into partnership with a mining engineer and opened the first of their three coal mines in Wern Tarw, near Llanharan. The mines were a financial success, supplying domestic coal and anthracite to local homes and the industrial estates.
In 1969 John commenced building his holiday house in Newport, Pembrokeshire, which became a source of great enjoyment to him and his family. His fishing exploits and his long association with the Alvis Owner’s Club kept his spare time fully occupied.
In 1980 he began to develop the land on the periphery of his farmhouse, Penylan, masterminding planning, drainage, roads, and facilities not only for his own developments but also for those of neighbouring farmers. He was in the midst of his next housing development when he died suddenly at home following minor dental surgery.
He is survived by his wife, Pat, whom he married in 1951, and by his three children—Belinda, who followed her father into medicine, Julia, and John, and seven grandchildren. [Belinda Griffiths]
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