WASPaLM is the World Association of societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine founded in Parisin September 1947. Soon alter the end of World War Il, the possibility of founding a World Federation of Constituent Societies of Pathology was considered by a group of pathologists in London. The new Society, which had as members national societies of clinical pathology, (initially from France, the United Kingdom, Czechoslovakia, and Belgium), was governed by a House of Delegates representing its Constituent Societies, with a Bureau to serve as the Executive Committee of the House, a pattern of government which persists today.
It is with a heart full of sadness that I communicate the death of Robby Bacchus. Robby, who belonged to the Royal College of Pathology, has been an outstanding member of WASPaLM for many and many years and has led the activity of education in Countries in need. For his valuable activity, he was awarded the Golden Cane in 2007. I remember Robby as a lovely person, smart and rich of fruitful advice, always available for others.
Our condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.
Robby Bacchus M.D.
Robby Bacchus wanted to help others. Whether professionally as a doctor, instructor or teacher, or while preparing a meal in the kitchen at home, Robby wanted to know your story. He looked beyond the obvious and wanted to understand your DNA.
Born in Guyana in South America in 1933, he travelled as a student to Dublin in the 1950s and all over the world as a physician, his path shaping his understanding of those he met along the way. As a student at the College of Surgeons in Dublin, a fellow of the Royal College of Pathology and director of the Centre of Pathology at the Ministry of Defence in Saudi Arabia, Robby was known and valued as an attentive observer and listener.
Robby Bacchus never failed to pass on his knowledge and experience not only to his family and friends but also to the next generation of colleagues in Asia and Africa. When he started organising training trips to Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Egypt in 1995 – not infrequently at his own expense – he had already attained a leading position in numerous national and global organisations. As a delegate of the Royal College of Pathology, he became a member of the House of Representatives of the World Association of Societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (WASPaLM), for many years acting as the official representative at the World Health Organization (WHO).
For those of us who had the pleasure of knowing Robby, seeing his name on the Wall of Honour at the Royal Society of Medicine scarcely does justice to his great achievements in medicine and pathology, which were not only his lifelong passion but a constant source of new questions and answers.
For me personally, Robby was a close friend, honest advisor and a brilliant mind – not to mention a virtuoso in the kitchen with a flair for Indian specialties, the aromas of which will always conjure up memories of him.
Robby Bacchus died on 18 June 2020 at the age of 86 at his home in Wheathampstead, England.
Robby will be greatly missed by us all and fondly remembered as a good friend and an exceptional colleague.
Dr. med. Utz P. Merten
President WASPaLM (1999-2001)
APR 30 – Dear Director,
the approach of “phase 2” fills me with concern. The behaviours of the Italians have so far been moderately virtuous, but we have witnessed numerous exceptions from those who, perhaps, considered themselves immune or, worse, from those who only wanted to mock the authorities and the surrounding area.
Much, however, has been determined by continuous but unclear information, from which we have known every day the number of dead and healed, but we do not know on the national territory how many are infected and in particular, how many are asymptomatic positives.
A small example comes from the “runners”, who evidently feel above everything, because they run without wearing a mask. It can be argued that it is not easy to breathe with the mask but on the other hand, how many droplets are sprayed around and at what distance from those who run and sweat? The “I run alone” justification does not apply, because people meet every few meters and the spread of aerosols can become deleterious.
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Kind regards, Roberto Verna
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GORDON SIGNY FELLOWSHIP. The World Pathology Foundation was origionaly chartered in 1972, in Berne, Switzerland. At that time the World Association of Societies in Pathology or WASP, as it was then known, decided that a body, completely separate and independent of the WASP was required. The purpose of this new body was stated thus: ” The objectives of the Foundation are scientific, educational and charitable; to promote public safety and public health by fostering the development of good standards in anatomic and clinical pathology, especially in the developing countries.” To further these aims, the World Pathology Foundation will, among others, foster research, education and application of these medical sciences by organizing conferences, encouraging interchange of pathology information among nations and initiating and prompting publications in pathology. There is no record of why Switzerland was chosen as its initial home; the reason for the interval of two years before the WPF was accepted as a charity by the Swiss Authorities remains undocumented.