Jonathan Marrow

03/06/1944 to 26/08/2019

Jonathan Marrow, former Vice President of the College of Emergency and Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Arrowe Park hospital, sadly died on 26 August 2019. Dr Gautam Bodiwala pays tribute.

My first contact with Jonathan was in late seventies when he was Clinical Assistant in A&E at the Hull Royal Infirmary. It was not until we met on a regular basis and worked closely on the Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC in A&E) in the mid nineties that we developed a friendship. He served the specialty well as secretary of the SAC in A&E and Joint Committee on Higher Training in A&E (JCHTA&E). During this period, I realised his compassion, strong work ethic, professionalism and above all his skill in dealing with complicated issues of training with humanity and passion.

Jonathan’s entry in medicine was certainly not a predetermined and calculated career move although he said once that the contrasting texts of Albert Schweitzer’s ‘On the edge of the primeval forest’ and ‘Doctor in the House’ offered him some insight into medical practice. Prior to that he considered the practice of law as some of his teachers recommended, since he demonstrated fluency in spoken and written English. In the end it was truly idealism that tipped his decision in favour of medicine, specifically to give service as a doctor in Africa initially working in Botswana.

At the interview for a place at the Medical School in Cambridge, he said he did not fancy looking down people’s throat all day - to a Professor of Dentistry - when he was asked why he chose medicine and not dentistry! His chance meeting with Angela, his first wife, made up his mind to go to UCH for medical training in spite of the opportunity to go to Cambridge which would have pleased his father a lot! Jonathan graduated in Medicine in 1968, followed by receiving the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1978.

Jonathan served as Consultant in Accident and Emergency Medicine at Arrowe Park from 1980 till he retired in 2004 from clinical practice. His passion for the specialty of Emergency Medicine led to a number of important roles - with BAEM as Chair of the Clinical Services Committee, Chair of JCHT in A&E and then Vice President of both the Faculty of A&E Medicine and the College of Emergency Medicine. After retiring Jonathan continued in an honorary role as the first archivist of the College, reviewing historic records and planning how best to preserve them so that the history of the College is available to all.

Jonathan was a man who exhibited professionalism, wisdom and above all respect for his fellow human beings. He was much loved and admired.

Jonathan is survived by Clari his second wife of 43 years, one son, four daughters and seven grand children.

Gautam Bodiwala, CBE, DL, JP