Dennis Mackay JonesBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5690 (Published 27 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5690
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After house jobs, Dennis Mackay Jones embarked on a career in pathology, specialising in medical microbiology. He joined the Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS) and trained in the Manchester laboratory at Withington Hospital, south Manchester. He was a founder member of the Royal College of Pathologists in 1965 and proceeded to a fellowship in 1977. In 1964 he was appointed consultant microbiologist to Withington and Christie hospitals and honorary consultant microbiologist in the PHLS.
Dennis succeeded John Tobin as director of the regional public health laboratory in Manchester in 1975; a post he held until his retirement in 1995. He was an honorary lecturer in bacteriology and medical microbiology at the University of Manchester for more than 27 years, where he had a crucial influence in the training of overseas students on the diploma in bacteriology course.
Dennis wore several hats: he was a respected clinical microbiologist, whose opinion was frequently sought after by consultant colleagues; as an epidemiologist, he led outbreak investigations both in hospitals and in the …