With this e-mail I send a sad message, forwarded for Peter Trigg from the WHO.
DR KENNETH EUGENE MOTT
Ken Mott passed away on 14 June 1997 in Washington DC, aged 58,
after a long illness that he faced with courage and fortitude
until the end.
Ken was a graduate of Purdue University who later obtained
medical degrees from Cornell University Medical School and the
Federal University of Bahia in Brazil and a Masters in Tropical
Medicine from Harvard School of Tropical Medicine. He joined
WHO as Secretary of the Steering Committee for Schistosomiasis
in TDR in October 1977 and was appointed Chief of the
Schistosomiasis Unit in the Parasitic Diseases Programme (now
the Division of Control of Tropical Diseases) in 1982 at the
then early age of 43.
Ken was a rare calibre of man. He is remembered and respected
throughout the world for his expertise and tireless efforts not
only in the field of schistosomiasis but also in chemotherapy of
parasitic diseases in general. His efforts in the evaluation of
praziquantel and the negotiations that led to the widespread use
of this drug have had a major impact on schistosomiasis control.
He was honest and kind and a great friend and valuable colleague
to all those throughout the world who were lucky enough to know
and work with him. His contribution to the development of
tropical diseases control was immense, being built on his deep
understanding and feeling for the needs of the people and
countries afflicted with these diseases. He will be particularly
remembered by the host of young people who have now entered the
field of tropical medicine as a result of the time and care he
to instil in them his own enthusiasm and belief that tropical
diseases could be controlled and even eradicated. There is no
greater epitaph than being remembered for our help to others.
He is survived by his wife, Ingrid, whose strength and courage
helped so much.