John MarksBMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3897 (Published 15 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3897
- Fiona Cooke
John Marks was born in March 1924 in Ashford, Middlesex, the only son of Ernest (“Ernie”) and Margery Marks. Ernie was a maths teacher and headmaster. John was brought up in Isleworth, and enjoyed summer holidays staying with family in Devonshire. He attended Latymer Upper School and showed early promise in maths, science, and most sports. He passed the higher school certificate early, at the age of 16.
John started medical training at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1941. He won several prizes, and despite being ill he rowed at Thames Rowing Club and captained the United Hospitals Boat Club. He was also an accomplished hockey, cricket, and squash player and involved in university football, rugby, and sailing teams.
Shortly after qualifying, John married Vera Joan Twinberrow (“Twin”), a nurse at the Middlesex Hospital. They had two children, John William and Jane, and lived together in the same house in Duxford for almost 60 years before …