Dr Silvain Edouard “Eddie” Josse OBE

Born London 08.05.1933. Died London 12.04.2020

Eddie Josse had a wide portfolio of activities.

He was a long-standing member and supporter of the Jewish Medical Association (UK) and a regular attender at the events organised by the Association.

His range of professional interests was extraordinarily wide and his achievements were equally impressive.

He qualified at the Middlesex Hospital in 1956 and went into general practice in North London in 1964, where he worked for over 30 years.

He was a respiratory physician at the North Middlesex Hospital and was due at his weekly clinical session on the day in November 2019 that he was first admitted to the Royal Free Hospital for the illness that led eventually to his death.

As a police surgeon until the age of 82, he was often in demand as an expert witness with vast experience in forensic medicine. He continued to work on forensic reports until this admission to hospital.

He was appointed O.B.E. for “services to medicine” in 1983.

Eddie developed his interest in postgraduate education, becoming a trainer and eventually the chair of the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice, Associate Dean of Postgraduate Medicine and Regional Advisor.

His wider commitment to education was reflected in the lectures he gave at the University of the Third Age – also until November 2019.

On a personal level, Eddie was most helpful in further development of my own practice and supportive and encouraging in my role as a GP trainer and educator.

He is survived by his widow Yvonne and family. His wise counsel, commitment to medicine and his colleagues, vast experience in many fields, and infectious laugh will be sorely missed.

(Dr) Simon Wiseman