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Professor Tar-Ching Aw (1948–2017)
  1. David Koh
  1. Correspondence to Professor David Koh, Universiti Brunei Darussalam and National University of Singapore, Gadong, Brunei; david.koh{at}

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The global occupational medicine fraternity lost one of its leading lights when Professor Tar-Ching Aw passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on 18 July 2017. He is survived by his wife Foong Kwai, sons Yuen and Gene, and two grandsons.

Tar-Ching, or ‘Ching’ was born on 17 July 1948 in the then British colony of Malaya. He had an idyllic childhood in the rural state of Kelantan before going to the capital city of Kuala Lumpur for his high school and enrolling for medical studies in the University of Malaya. He qualified in Medicine in 1971 and this was followed by degrees in Public Health from the University of Singapore in 1974, Occupational Medicine (with distinction) from the University of London in 1975 and a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, University of London in 1980. He was board certified in occupational medicine in the USA in 1985.

He had …

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