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31 December 1922, Stawell, Victoria
8th October 2021
The University of Melbourne, 1940 - 1945
MB, BS Melbourne 1945
DCH London 1961
MRCP Ed. 1962 FRCP Ed. 1978
Jim's primary interest was the practice of general paediatrics with the joy of caring for infants and children and the pleasure of dealing with their parents. This interest was greatly increased by having a special interest in paediatric dermatology, which presented the observant clinician with a number of disorders not previously reported in the literature.
His other special interest was being paediatrician to a Communications Disorders Clinic, which was a multidisciplinary clinic dealing with a fascinating variety of disorders of communication and learning.
Jim's research was clinical, often provoked by curiosity concerning unexplained or apparently new disorders or findings. These studies led to the publication of 57 papers on a wide variety of subjects. Six papers were written with a colleague with Jim as the lead author in all but one.
Fourteen of these papers reported conditions on matters not previously reported in the world literature, and another different fourteen papers reported conditions on matters not previously reported in the Australian literature.
Jim was lucky to have "A new syndrome of broad terminal phalanges and facial abnormalities" named the Keipert Syndrome.
The pleasure these publications gave him was one of his main career highlights. Another was the presentation of papers at eleven consecutive annual meetings of the Australian Paediatric Association, and at a number of meetings of the International Paediatric Association,
chairing a session at one of the latter meetings. But his biggest career highlight was in 1990 when Harwood Academic Publishers published his book Essential Paediatric Dermatology as the first in a series of ten books on clinical paediatrics. It was then, and remains so, the first book in the world on paediatric dermatology written by a
Jim and Lois were married in 1960. They then spent two years in London with Jim doing postgraduate degrees and acting as locum paediatrician in several centres. They travelled extensively in the United Kingdom and on the Continent.
Lois was a social worker at various hospitals and institutions in Melbourne, and then had a career in relationships counselling at Marriage Guidance Council Victoria (later Relationships Australia) and in private practice.
Daughter Anna and her husband are veterinarians, previously at Terang and now at Ballarat. They have three lovely children.
Son Tom has worked in transport all his life and is now CEO of a transport company. He and his wife live in Sydney and have two delightful children.
Lois and Jim had a small farm on the Mornington Peninsula for thirty years. They fattened steers or cows with calves – really they fattened themselves.
They have been keen golf and tennis players and skiers for a large part of their lives.
They have travelled extensively both in Australia and overseas.
For most of their married life they have attended performances of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Theatre Company and more recently the Australian Opera.
In latter years Jim has written 240 essays on a wide variety of often controversial subjects. These have been used as a focus for discussion with groups of friends, or for lectures which Jim is still giving mainly to U3A's and historical societies.
He has special interests in wine and ecclesiastical architecture, and worked for over fifty years without a day off due to illness.
With thanks to Janice Peeler for transcribing this talk