October/November 2017 (vol. 14/3)

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Obituary: Ching Aw – OH crusader

A tribute to Professor Tar-Ching Aw


Professor Tar-Ching Aw: born 17 July 1948, died 18 July 2017.

Ching, as everybody called him, was a man of many parts with many lives running in parallel. He was a husband, a brother, a father and a grandfather – very much a family man. Some of his younger relatives apparently thought he was called ‘Uncle Owl’ and referred to him as such. But for most of those reading this, he was one of the great champions of occupational health – occupational health – a marvellous teacher, communicator and a steadfast friend and colleague.

Ching was born in what was then Malaya, where he lived in the countryside before moving to Kuala Lumpur where he qualified in medicine in 1971. He worked as a clinician in Singapore where he developed an interest in public health, maintaining close links with Singapore University throughout his life. He moved to the UK in 1975…


This tribute to Ching Aw was written by his friend Professor David Snashall.

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Occupational Health at Work October/November 2017 (vol. 14/3) pp12-13

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