Obituary – Professor Basil Bloch
Professor Basil Bloch passed away on the 16th August 2013. He is sadly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren and friends in Montagu where he retired. He is also missed by those in CANSA who had the privilege to get to know him.
Professionally he was a gynaecologist who focused on female cancers, especially cervical cancer. He was Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at UCT from 1980 – 1985 after which he became an Emeritus professor. He published 58 peer-reviewed papers and 6 chapters in books. He was the only South African ever to be elected to the prestigious Council of the International Union for the Control of Cancer (UICC) for 4 years.
He also gave freely of his time, energy and knowledge to CANSA where he served as a member and Chairman of the Western Cape Council for 18 years. In 1995 he was elected as President of the CANSA Council and served until 1998. In this time he embraced the new democracy in South Africa and tried to help CANSA adapt to the new realities.
He was also the founder and chairman of the Gynaecological Oncology Society of South Africa. His excellent contributions were rewarded with awards from the Medical Association of South Africa, the South African Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the coveted A.G. Oettle Memorial medal from CANSA on 22 September 2010, in recognition of his significant contributions to the fight against cancer in South Africa.