Tribute to Dr Jan Strydom

2015-12-16 06:00
Dr Jan Strydom.

Dr Jan Strydom.

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MUCH-LOVED and highly respected medicine man Jan Strydom died on his 90th birthday - 9 December in Greytown.

Born in Utrecht he matriculated from Greytown High School in 1943 with the proud record of having been head boy and victor ludorum in athletics.

In 1950 Jan graduated from the University of Cape Town with his medical degree.

He practiced in Calitzdorp for eight years and was then appointed to the post of senior district surgeon in Pietermaritzburg.

In 1964, Jan and his wife Joan, whom he had married in 1953, began their long and happy association with Greytown when they moved here with their family.

During his 56 years of medicine in Greytown hundreds of patients, young and old, passed through his extremely capable hands and all had been treated with the same care and attention as they benefitted from his medical skills and knowledge.

Jan also served as district surgeon, railway medical officer and medical superintendent at Greytown Provincial Hospital from where he finally retired on 31, July, 2010 -in his mid-eighties.

A multitalented man - Jan was an excellent photographer and obtained his Licentiate­ in photography in 1999.

He was also the author of two radio serials, short stories and two books.

A memorial service for Dr Strydom will take place today, 16 December, at the NG Kerk Greytown, at 3pm.

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