Obituaries

Laurence Justin Charles

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7442.771-a (Published 25 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:771

Former malariologist World Health Organization and chief medical officer the Bahamas (b Dominica 1913; q Edinburgh 1938; MPH), d 14 November 2003.


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After qualifying and postgraduate study at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Laurence Justin Charles returned to the Caribbean as medical officer in the Leeward Islands. Following further training in public health he worked as a malariologist in the Windward and Leeward Islands, British Guyana, Nigeria, and Ghana. He then joined the World Health Organization, becoming regional malaria adviser for Africa. He later became chief medical officer in the Bahamas and developed a programme for the control and education of leprosy in the least developed countries. Predeceased by his wife, Christine “Dickie,” he leaves three children and five grandchildren.

[P K Charles]

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