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Professor Jerry Morris

School staff, alumni and students will be saddened to hear of the death of Jerry Morris today at the age of 99 years.

Jerry Morris was Emeritus Professor of Public Health. He came to the School in 1967 bringing with him the MRC's Social Medicine Unit, established in 1948 initially at the Central Middlesex Hospital. During the 1950s the Unit published pioneering papers on infant mortality and the influence of physical exercise on coronary heart disease. Its later work in the late 60s and early 70s was much concerned with cardiovasculardisease. In Uses of Epidemiology (1957) he wrote a pioneering textbook with a blueprint for chronic disease epidemiology.

Jerry Morris' association with the social scientists Richard Titmuss and Brian Abel Smith, both at the London School of Economics, was important inthe formation of health policy under the UK's Labour governments of the 1960s. Morris was the architect of the new community physician, responsible for community diagnosis and intended to be the linch pin of the National Health Service in the UK. At LSHTM, the MSc in Community Medicine was established to train the new public health physician. He also played a central role in the formation of the Faculty of Community Medicine ( now Public Health).

Jerry Morris was a member of many significant post-war health committees, from the first Royal College of Physicians committee on smoking and air pollution in the 1950s to the Black committee on inequalities in health in 1979. His most recent work was on the minimum income required for healthy living. Until very recently, he continued as an active member of staff, working at the School several days each week.

Professor Anne Mills, Head of the Department of Public Health and Policy, 29 October 2009

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