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  • By / Super Admin
  • Dec 26, 2020

THE COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN MOURNS THE PASSING OF ADETOKUNBO O. LUCAS, FUI, OFR, FAS (NIGERIA)

Professor Adetokunbo O. Lucas (known in international circles as ‘Ade’) had returned to Nigeria after obtaining the Diploma in Public Health and Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1959 and was appointed by the University College Hospital to the position of Senior Registrar in Medicine. A couple of years later, he was called to a rescue mission in the Department of Preventive & Social Medicine and that became his passion and the foundation of his lifetime work in epidemiology and public health. He was a major personality in international health for several decades and occupied many strategic positions, including being President of the International Epidemiological Association in 1971. He has contributed significantly to the capacity building and human resource development for public health globally. His scholarship was invaluable in unearthing the knowledge behind the fight against numerous tropical diseases, especially malaria, onchocerciasis and schistosomiasis. He became the pioneer Director of the World Health Organisation Tropical Disease Research (TDR) programme in 1976. His contributions to the fight against maternal mortality earned him the honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of the United Kingdom. He was one of the 20 recipients of the Harvard Medal, an award that is made only once every 50 years, in 1986. Indeed, an academic colossus has departed from our midst. A memorial website has been created. Kindly visit this link to leave your tributes, photographs and other memories:

https://www.forevermissed.com/adetokunbo-oluwole-lucas/about

Thank you.

Olayinka O. Omigbodun, FAS, FNAMed

Professor of Psychiatry and Provost