With much sadness we announce that Gerald Vivian Coles (Grad. Dip. Occ. Hyg. 1966 and Senior Lecturer in OH 1974-76) passed away on 16 January 2016, following a protracted period of ill health, aged 91.
After graduating from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 1966 Gerald, a chemist by profession, returned to Uganda as Hygienist to the Occupational Health Unit of the Uganda Government until 1971 when the situation there became unpredictable. On his return to Britain, Gerry was appointed Occupational Hygienist to the Board of British Railways and in 1974 as a Senior lecturer in Occupational Hygiene at the School.
In 1976 Gerry emigrated to Australia where he was a founder member of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists and was Occupational Hygiene Adviser to the Shell Group of Companies until his retirement from full-time employment. From 1985 he practised widely as an Occupational Hygiene Consultant until 2005 when failing health prevented him from continuing in the work he loved.
In 2007 Gerry was presented by The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) with the William D. Wagner Award “for commitment and dedication to the creation and dissemination of national and international occupational exposure values” a fitting culmination to 50 years of contributions to occupational health.
Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with his family and friends.