Geraldine O'Sullivan - in memoriam
Dr Sullivan lecturing at Riga, Latvia, 2013
It is with great sadness that we learned that Dr. Geraldine O´Sullivan passed away on December 2nd 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Dr. O´Sullivan was a pillar of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists and of the European Society of Anaesthesiology, and will be hugely missed.
Dr O'Sullivan was lead clinician for obstetric anaesthesia at St. Thomas' hospital, which is home to one of London's busiest maternity units. She made significant contributions to research and publication and, as well as serving in various WFSA and ESA roles, was President of the Obstetric Anaesthestists' Association (OAA) in the UK. She was a vibrant and inspirational lecturer who was passionately committed to the lot of the pregnant woman throughout the world, and she had an enduring impact on anaesthetic teaching and practice both in resource-rich and resource-poor / transitional countries. Through her position in the ESA, she chaired the European Regional Section of the WFSA, a role that she filled with wisdom and enthusiasm, taking the best interests of all stakeholders into account. We owe so much of the progress on joint WFSA / ESA programmes to her.
Dr. O´Sullivan was hugely respected by all who knew her. As a warm and personable individual she gave off energy and enveloped others in the glow, combining the roles of teacher, ambassador and leader with consummate ease. She will be remembered by the many whose lives she touched and it is with enormous sadness that we say goodbye. Her death leaves the international anaesthesia community without one of its best.
Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very sad time.