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PASSING OF PROF ANDREW WALUBO

Posted: 2021-11-23 13:00

Prof Andrew Walubo

The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) has learned with great shock and sadness of the passing away of Prof Andrew Walubo, current Head of Department of Pharmacology at the University of the Free State, on 13 November 2021.

Prof Walubo served the Colleges of Medicine for many years with distinction. He was the Immediate Past President of the College of Clinical Pharmacologists (CCP) having served in this capacity since 2014. He also was a member of Senate from 2009 till 2020. His journey in the CMSA begun upon his obtaining Associate membership of the College of Clinical Pharmacologists in 2008. His was a respected voice that drove the transformation agenda of specialist medicine. He was involved in several CMSA committees and as a member of the Examinations and Credentials committee he made extensive input into the policies and practice of the CMSA examinations.

He was well-respected by all, adored by his students and colleagues and a stalwart of our medical fraternity. He was known for his passion as an academic and as a champion for his chosen specialty of Clinical Pharmacology. He worked tirelessly nationally, regionally, and globally in ensuring that Clinical Pharmacology was at the core of medical practice and policy. With his joyful, cheerful, and calm personality he was a leader, mentor and great teacher driven by his famous saying, “My motivation, the need to educate”.

It is rare in life to work with people who are consummate professionals, but most of all who have heart, Prof Walubo had both. His was a life of joy and servant leadership. We are gutted at his passing as he leaves a great void.

His towering legacy will not only be in his academic excellence and the tireless work he did for our country, continent, and globe, but it will be in each heart that he touched with his laughter, joy, kindness and generosity. He will be sadly missed by the whole CMSA family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire College of Clinical Pharmacologists, Walubo family and friends at this difficult time. We mourn with you as we bid a great son of the soil farewell, our sincere and heartfelt condolences.

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