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Stuart Lake writes - As a research assistant to ‘JET’ Jones in Professor Laing's department at Bolton's Park, from 1969-72, and one of his early PhD students, sponsored by the Meat and Livestock Commission, I wish to add my tribute to his life and work in the profession.
He did valuable research into Streptoccocal endocarditis in pigs and collaborated with medical research colleagues in many related projects. Pathology was at the root of his endeavours and the role of bacteria in porcine disease inspired many years of research into diseases that were of particular importance to the industry. He revered Koch's postulates and insisted on concise correct English when submitting scientific articles and reviewing them for esteemed scientific journals. Investigations in the field supported by excellent bacterial and histopathological facilities enabled us to elucidate the role of Klebsiella species causing mastitis in the sow. These investigations also enabled the improved teaching of UK teaching of undergraduates, and his involvement conducting the diploma of animal health course was of immense value to those students.
Jet was greatly respected within government and university research organisations here in the UK and abroad. He was not overtly political in life and showed consideration to all.