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IN tribute to James Philip Wagstaffe Ford (VR, June 25, 2011, vol 168, p 672), David Finlay writes: Jim Ford was born on September 17, 1950, to Bill and Barbara, in Jos, Nigeria, where his father was Acting Commissioner of Police.
Jim was sent to boarding school in England at the age of four, returning to Nigeria at holiday times. He then attended The King's School, Canterbury, from 1963 to 1968. So, from a tender age Jim had seen a bit of the world. He headed to the ‘Dick’ in the autumn of 1968.
Most of us who knew Jim at college will remember him as a typical Dick Vet student of that era. It was a time when student life was relatively carefree, where a certain level of study was required to pass professional exams but social life was paramount, and when a pint cost one shilling and 11 pence – less than 10p in today's money. Jim didn't quite get the balance right first time round, however, narrowly escaping being ‘chucked out’ after failing ‘First Prof’. That was when I first met him, repeating his first year when I was a fresher, in October 1969. Most of the new year's intake were somewhat in awe of Jim. He was debonair, attracted women like a magnet and was extremely successful at sport; rowing was his first love but rugby a close …