Sept. 30, 1923 – March 5, 2014
Dr. Hubert Jockin, of Williamsville, retired physician and emeritus professor of pathology and pediatrics at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine, died March 5 after a brief illness. He was 90.
Born in Delft, the Netherlands, Dr. Jockin and his family endured food shortages and deprivation during the German occupation from 1939 to 1945. On several occasions, he narrowly avoided capture by the Nazi troops searching for able-bodied young men from the occupied countries for use as slave labor in German munitions factories. Near the end of the war, he found work in a hospital and decided to become a physician.
Though the war interrupted Dr. Jockin’s student years, he was able to complete his medical education at the University of Amsterdam in 1948 and obtain his medical license in 1951. During the early 1950s, he served as a military doctor for the Royal Dutch Air Force and later as a ship’s doctor for a private ocean freight line that ran routes from Europe to the Caribbean and South America.
In 1955, Dr. Jockin accepted his first job in the United States, a medical internship at Flower Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. Around this period, he also made two trips that would change his life. The first was a skiing vacation to Austria, where he met the woman who later became his wife, Henriette S. Krijers Janzen. The second trip, following his internship, was a driving tour of the United States. There, he fell in love again, this time with the United States, and he decided to become an American citizen.
The immigration process required him to apply from abroad and to stay abroad until issued a U.S. immigration visa. He applied from Mexico and, after a brief stay in Mexico City, relocated to Canada from 1957 to 1959. There, he trained in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg. When his immigration to the U.S. was granted, he accepted a position as a resident in hematology and pathology at Washington, D.C., Children’s Hospital. He became chief resident in pediatric pathology and later a staff pathologist at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1960. At that time, he also taught at Harvard Medical School.
In 1971, Dr. Jockin accepted a position as department head of pathology at Buffalo Children’s Hospital, as well as an associate professorship at the departments of pediatrics and pathology at UB Medical School. He retired from his position in 1994 but continued to teach at the UB until 2006.
In addition to his wife of 54 years, he is survived by three sons, Victor, Eric and Mark; two daughters, Yvette and Michelle; and 13 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today in Coventry Hall at Canterbury Woods Retirement Community, 705 Renaissance Drive, Amherst.