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Jack Salem was born in Manchester but from the age of 2 he lived and was educated in France. He was halfway through his medical studies in Paris when he had to escape from the Nazi occupation and complete his studies in London. He finished his wartime service as captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps.
After a spell in hospital practice he became a general practitioner in Manchester and Stockport. In 1961 he joined the North Western Regional Health Authority, rising to deputy senior administrative medical officer. With special responsibility for service and capital planning, he chaired a large number of major projects, including the new hospitals at Preston, Leighton, and Macclesfield. With the reorganisation of 1974 he became area medical officer to the Trafford Area Health Authority. He was chairman of the area management team, and he was also a recognised trainer for senior registrars in community medicine. He served on the Central Committees for Community Medicine and Hospital Medical Services and as a member on the Working Party on the State of Community Medicine. He was variously chairman of the Stockport division of the BMA, president of the division of community medicine of the Manchester Medical Society, and member of the Association of Medical Officers Executive Committee. He also represented his county at chess.
He retired in 1982 and became an expert in computing, indeed wrote the computer programme that ran the Bolton, Bury and Rochdale Breast Screening Unit successfully for several years until the national programme was available. An accomplished pianist, he will be remembered as a perfect gentleman and a perfectionist in all he did. He leaves a wife, Elizabeth; a son; three grandsons; and a great grandson.
Former area medical officer Trafford Area Health Authority (b 1920; q London 1943; FFCM, MRCGP), died from cerebral vascular disease on 1 October 2006.