n South African Medical Journal - Jean Mary Sharpe, 1929 - 2014 : izindaba - obituary

Volume 104, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Jean was born in Johannesburg in 1929, the daughter of May and John Sharpe, who became the mayor of Vereeniging in 1934. After matriculating from Parktown High School for Girls at age 16, Jean enrolled at Wits medical school. She was one of very few women studying medicine at the time, and graduated MB BCh in 1951. She completed her housemanship at Baragwanath Hospital and was then invited to take up a registrar post at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, UK. After qualifying as a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist (MRCOG) in 1956 she returned to Johannesburg, where she worked in the cardiology department at Baragwanath Hospital. She commenced private practice in Johannesburg in 1961. In 1983 she was awarded the FRCOG.

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