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Portrait details: Painted by Raymond Pitre`; commission by subscription of colleagues and friends.

Joseph Louis Grech

Forensic Pathologist and Lecturer in Forensic Medicine

Born:
Floriana, 17/02/1927; died: 1999. Education: Lyceum [1938-43]; University of Malta [1945-52]; subsequently specialised in clinical pathology at the Postgraduate Medical School in London; British Council Scholar [1959-60]. Qualifications: Ph.C. [Malta, 1948]; M.D. [Malta, 1952]; D.C.P. [London, 1960]; D.M.J. [U.K., 1963]; F.C. Path. [U.K., 1973]; F.C.Path.Aust. [Aust., 1984]. Career: Government Health Service – Assistant Resident Medical Officer [1952-55]; Temporary Junior Pathologist [1956-61]; Pathologist [1961-1977]. Acted as medicolegal expert in law courts. University of Malta – Demonstrator in Pathology & Bacteriology [1954-59]; Lecture in Forensic Medicine [1959-1977]. Dismissed from both clinical and academic posts in 1977 and emigrated to Australia; returned to Malta in 1987 and re-appointed Lecturer in Forensic Medicine and eventually Assistant director of the Institute of Forensic Studies. Achievements: Active in Medical Trade-union matters acting as Hon. Secretary Medical Officers Union [1961-64], member of MOU council after 1964, and president of the Malta Federation of Professional Bodies; also served on Council of the British Medical Association [Malta Branch] [1962-64] and on the Malta Medical Council. Member of several professional associations including the British Medical Association, the British Academy of Forensic Studies, the Association of Clinical Pathologists, the International Academy of Legal Medicine and the Societe de Medecine legale et de Criminologie. Founder member of the College of Pathologists of London. Appointed chairman of the National Bioethics Consultative Committee [1992].
References:
Grech, Joseph Louis. Malta Who’s Who 1965. A Biographical dictionary. Progress Press, Malta, 1965, p.139; C. Savona-Ventura: Grech, Joe Louis. Maltese biographies of the twentieth century [eds. M.J. Schiavone; L.J. Scerri]. PIN, Malta, 1997, p.326-327.

 
   
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