It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we inform you of the passing of Professor George Lewith on Friday, March 17, 2017, while on a family trip to Austria. He was 67.
George Lewith graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in medicine and biochemistry. He then went on to Westminster Medical School to complete his clinical studies and began working clinically in 1974. In 1977, he became a member of the Royal College of Physicians, and in 1980, a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Later in 1999, was elected a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.
In addition to his clinical practice, he conducted research within primary care, and complementary and integrative medicine for the last 35 years, inspiring colleagues, students, clinicians, scientists, and public leaders.
George published over 350 peer-reviewed articles, authored several books, and generously contributed to the work of others. He was a director of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research and regularly presented at the Congresses convened by the Consortium.
Though retired, George remained active as a university researcher and teacher, as well as maintaining a senior role within primary care at the University of Southampton. In addition, he also was a visiting chair at the University of Westminster Centre for Resilience, worked closely with Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, and was an effective international advocate for the complementary and integrative medicine.
George was married for 40 years, and has three children and three grandchildren. He travelled widely and worked in Canada, Australia and China. In addition to travelling, he enjoyed many hobbies including swimming, walking, singing in a choir and daily meditation practice.
George had a gift for asking the right questions in just the right way to generate discussion and discovery. He was also known for his thoughtful listening, gentle humor, positive outlook, and remarkable vision. George, a cherished friend for so many in the field, will be sorely missed.
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