Obituaries

Soromini Kallichurum

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7386.450 (Published 22 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:450

A South African medical icon and a fearless protector of students during apartheid

Professor Soromini Kallichurum was a role model to a generation of South African students and academics. A pioneering woman, she broke down barriers to succeed in a world that had long been considered a male stronghold and went on to become the first woman and the first non-white person to be appointed dean of the faculty of medicine at the University of Natal. She was also an internationally respected pathologist and an authority on lung diseases in the black population.

Mini, as she was affectionately known, maintained that she had not wanted to study medicine but had been forced to do …

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