Dr. Jimmy Farrugia was born in Tarxien on the 14th May 1922 and studied at the Lyceum and the Royal University of Malta where he received three degrees between 1944 and 1946: B.Sc, Ph.C, and M.D. On receiving his qualifications as a medical doctor from the university in 1946, he became a member of London’s Royal College of General Practitioners.
Between 1950 and 1962, Dr Farrugia worked as a general practitioner with the General Workers Union. In 1965 he was a also a regular medical consultant for Id-Dar tal-Providenza, Malta’s first home for the physically and mentally handicapped. For a number of years he also served as President of the Malta Catholic Action Movement and the Council of Lay Persons.