John Barnes Foster, MD, MRCP, FRCP
Member since 1988
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Date of Death: 6 February 2013
With the passing of Jack Foster British Neurology has lost one of its finest clinical exponents.
Educated at Newcastle Grammar school, he barely missed a first in the Newcastle Medical School and soon excelled whilst training in Newcastle and at the National Hospital Queen Square. He served in the Royal Navy and had a fruitful spell with Ray Adams and EP Richardson at the Massachusetts General Hospital. On return to England he was appointed Consultant to the newly formed Neurological unit at the General Hospital, joining John Walton. He maintained close contact with his friend and mentor Henry Miller at the RVI. This trilogy formed a progressive, outstanding team for teaching, training and research: the envy of many other centres.
Jack proved to be a supreme clinician and teacher whose opinion was widely sought by doctors and colleagues alike. He was a meticulous observer whose acumen combined a penetrating, clinical analysis of a problem with a light touch and a gentle humanity, which was appreciated by his patients from all social backgrounds. Although he was a hard worker seeing vast numbers of patients throughout the North East, he maintained high academic standards recognised by a Readership, and election as President of the Association of British Neurologists. His students, and the many neurologists he trained and loyally supported regarded him with affection and admiration.
A man of great native abilities he was a keen skier, an accomplished golfer, member of the Royal & Ancient, and in his retirement an enthusiastic bridge player, who characteristically consumed a horde of literature on the subject. Above all Jack Foster was a gentleman, talented yet unassuming, and always generous. A devoted family man he will be greatly missed by his wife Jennifer, his daughter Sally, his sons Jonathan and James, grandchildren Nick, Richard, Hannah, Ed, Amy and Jenny, and a host of friends and colleagues.
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