Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.
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
Wei DS. Szeming Sze, MD. JAMA. 1999;281(6):579. doi:10.1001/jama.281.6.579