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The Passing away of Dr. Lawrence Lobo, retd Med Superintendent

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Dr Lawrence Lobo (retd DMO, Wenlock Hospital, retd Medical Superintendent, St John’s Medical college Hospital), husband of Dr Celine Lobo, passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2013.
Funeral cortege leaves residence 'Church Hill' Upper for Bendore; St. Sebastian Church, Bendore on Saturday August 24, at 3.00 pm. Mass at 3.30 pm.
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Dr Lawrence Lobo (retd DMO, Wenlock Hospital, retd Medical Superintendent, St John’s Medical college Hospital), husband of Dr. Celine Lobo, passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2013.

Funeral cortege leaves residence 'Church Hill' Upper for Bendore; St. Sebastian Church, Bendore on Saturday August 24, at 3.00 pm. Mass at 3.30 pm.

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With sadness I bring you the news of the demise of Dr Lawrence Lobo in Mangalore last night.

Dr Lobo worked as Medical Superintendent of St. John's Medical College hospital for a decade, having joined there after he retired as District Medical Officer in the Karnataka Health Services. A physician (Internist) by qualification he brought with him rich experience of both hospital and community based health services. A treasure-house of information pertaining to Hospital Administration, Statutory requirements, Regulatory procedures, Facility management and Medico-legal issues, he was a legendary Medical Superintendent at the Government Wenlock Hospital in Mangalore. Known for his strict sense of discipline and a no-nonsense demeanour, he was at once a terror and a comfort depending on what one had done! It was a sight to see Senior Bureaucrats, Police Officials and even politicians remain standing when they visited him in his office - such was the regard they held them in.

Despite having undergone surgery and treatment for a Brain Tumour, he had the courage of a lion at work. His relative immobility did not limit his ability to trouble-shoot issues, one such leading to the isolation of the main water tank in St John's Hospital as the source of a particularly virulent epidemic. His initial opinion treated with disdain, the high-and-mighty had to eat the humble pie when he was proved right - the epidemic was arrested after the tank was emptied, cleaned and refilled with water.

I will never forget an incident which occurred in the mid nineties, Arun Kilpadi being the other witness. A cocky Intern let out a barrage of expletives when ticked off, but Dr Lobo was unmoved - nor did he get angry. Once the Intern wrote out the "letter of apology" and slinked out of the office, Dr Lobo turned to us and let out a tirade ten times as toxic as he had heard, and with a twinkle in his eye and much irony he said "this whippersnapper thinks only he knows bad words...I could have paid him in kind, but I am the M.S. while he is a mere Intern. He may not know his place, but I do"!

Dr Lobo was a contemporary of Drs Jospeh Antony & Dr Malathi Yashwant during his undergraduate days at Chennai, and was a great fan of Dr Gerard M (Gerry) Mascarenhas whom he admired, being a few years junior to him in Madras.

Dr Lobo is survived by his wife Dr Celine Lobo, a retired Railway Medical Officer, and sister of Dr Sylvia Kamath.

May he Rest in Peace.

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