Jill ParkerBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1822 (Published 07 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1822
- Wendy Moore
As a busy society hostess who was married to the industrialist Sir Peter Parker, a mother of four children and a keen gardener, Lady Jill Parker might have been forgiven for abandoning her youthful ambitions in medicine. But Parker, who died on 11 March aged 85, was also a general practitioner in London who was devoted to the principle of individual care.⇓
A staunch supporter of the NHS and admirer of Aneurin Bevan, like her husband, who was chairman of British Rail from 1976 to 1983, she maintained a firm conviction in public service throughout her life.
Fascination with Marie Curie
Born in London in 1925, Gillian Rowe-Dutton, who was always known as Jill, was the youngest daughter of Sir Ernest Rowe-Dutton, a high ranking civil servant in the Treasury. Staying in London while her father worked in Paris and Berlin, she went to St Paul’s Girls’ School, where a passion for literature inspired her to hide in a tree to spy on a visit by W B Yeats. But a fascination with Marie Curie triggered an …