It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor Michael Donald Warren, Emeritus Professor of Social Medicine, University of Kent (MD, FRCP, FFPH).
Professor Warren was born in Worthing in 1923. After leaving the RAF Medical Services in 1951 with the rank of Squadron Leader, he studied Public Health and Occupational Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was subsequently appointed Deputy Medical Officer of Health for Hampstead Borough and later Assistant Principal Medical Officer (Occupational Health) with the London County Council. In 1958 he started his academic career as a lecturer in Preventive and Social Medicine jointly at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He later worked full-time at the latter school. In 1971 he was appointed Professor of Social Medicine and Director of a new health services research unit funded by the Department of Health at the new University of Kent at Canterbury. The main interests of the unit were services related to the care of disabled people and the organisation of primary care.
Between 1969-72 Professor Warren was joint Editor of the British Journal of Science Medicine. He was an external adviser to the Chief Scientist at the Department of Health (1976-83) and a member of the Disability and Rehabilitation Committee of the Royal College of Physicians (1978-1990). Following his retirement in 1983 Professor Warren spent three years as a part-time senior tutor at St George’s Hospital Medical School and later worked on a national survey of health services for adults with physical disabilities which was carried out on behalf of the Royal College of Physicians. Professor Warren was elected an Honorary Member of the Epidemiology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, an Honorary Member of the Society of Social Medicine (Chairman 1982-4) and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of which he was the first Academic Registrar.
Professor Warren died on 25th January 2015. He leaves his wife Joan and two daughters; he was predeceased by his son.