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February 10, 1999

Szeming Sze, MD

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Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 1999;281(6):579. doi:10.1001/jama.281.6.579

Szeming Sze, MD , retired former medical director of the United Nations (UN), who will be remembered particularly for his part in establishing the World Health Organization (WHO) as a specialized agency of the UN, died in Pittsburgh, Pa, on October 27, 1998.

With the help of his United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) colleague, Dr Gerald da Paula Souza of Brazil, Dr Sze secured the cooperation of several governments in combining 5 existing international health organizations, which led to the International Health Conference of July 1946 from which the WHO was established. Dr Sze continued to hold key posts as a member of the WHO Interim Commission and also as secretary of the UN Administrative Committee on Coordination, composed of the heads of the UN and its related agencies.

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