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Tim Manchester (EPI MPH ’83) was killed in a bicycle accident in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in May. Born in the U.S., Manchester was raised by missionary parents in Belgium, New York, Connecticut, and Zaire, (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). A Peace Corps volunteer, he had a lifelong passion for improving healthcare, and an equally committed partnership with his wife Jill. He earned his master of public health in epidemiology at SPHTM, acquiring skills that were soon called into use when he returned to Africa as part of Tulane’s rural health improvement project in Niger.
A post with Save the Children in Cameroon introduced Manchester to the global health organization Population Services International (PSI), and he made his name in setting up PSI’s operations in Tanzania in 1993. Among the projects Manchester initiated were a groundbreaking social marketing program for insecticide-treated bednets and the development of a new brand of condoms.
In 2001, Manchester and his family moved to China at a time when the country had just begun grappling with its HIV/AIDS epidemic, where he repeated much of his success in the same entrepreneurial style. Five years later, Africa called again and the Manchesters returned to Tanzania, ultimately working with USAID as a senior reproductive family planning and health adviser.
A keen hiker and mountain-climber, Manchester reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro five times, among other peaks in Africa. A passionate sailor, he was vice-commodore of Dar es Salaam Yacht Club, where a memorial service was held and 650 friends and colleagues came to pay their respects. He leaves his wife and two daughters.
Adapted from a remembrance in The Lancet.
Sverre Evensen (NUTR MPH ’81) passed away in April in Tonsberg, Norway, of an apparent heart attack. Evensen loved nature and the outdoors and was known for an annual trip he made with friends to Canada. His love of music was also remembered at his funeral service, where friends and family enjoyed favorite recordings, including “Dancing in the Dark,” by Bruce Springsteen, and “Simply the Best,” by Tina Turner. He leaves two daughters and his former wife, Karna Vogt.
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We have learned of the passing of Quazi Emdadul Huq (MPH ’74) in 2005. At the time of his death, he was a professor and head of community medicine in Bangladesh. He was a caring doctor and focused much of his talents on the poor of Bangladesh.
His son, Kazi Ahsanul Haque (Pavel), reported words shared by his father: “My son, I had got the opportunity to stay permanently in the USA. But I didn’t grab it. As I always thought, I have to do something for my country and my people. I have taken the good things from abroad and I want to apply those for the good deeds [here at home]. That’s why I’ve come back. If we do not come back, then how will our country be developed?”
Mr. Haque says his father would often speak fondly about his time at Tulane, especially the professors, the teaching methodology, and the administration.