The GINA community is sad to learn of the death of Professor Timothy Clark in England on the 14th of July 2020. Trained at Guy’ Hospital, London, Professor Clark’s interest in respiratory medicine began as a medical student with a prize-winning essay on dyspnoea in 1959. After completing a fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, he was appointed consultant physician at Guy’s Hospital in 1968 and professor of thoracic medicine in 1977. During this period he was a lead researcher into asthma deaths in the United Kingdom and campaigned for the use of inhaled corticosteroids as a life-saving maintenance treatment for asthma. He became involved in GINA in its early years and served as chair of the Board from 2000 to 2004. He remained a member of the Board of GINA for several years thereafter. He is remembered by colleagues for his wisdom, foresight and collegiality which helped to establish the fledgling organisation. He served as the vice-chair of the National Asthma Campaign in the United Kingdom between 1992 and 2000 and was a widely consulted and invited speaker in matters related to asthma management. His book “Asthma”, co-edited with Dr Simon Godfrey went into four editions, and was a popular reference for those interested in the field. He authored more than 200 papers. In 1984 he was appointed dean of Guy’s Hospital, and in 1986, dean of the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals in London. He was appointed pro vice chancellor of medicine and dentistry at the University of London 1987, and in 1990, dean of the National Heart and Lung Institute which later merged with Imperial College.
Tim passed away at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer, and is survived by his wife Ann, four children and six grandchildren. He is remembered for his delightful and affable manner, clear and strategic thinking and unwavering interest in improving the care of patients with asthma around the globe.