In Memory of Professor Bob Sang
It is with great sadness that CENTRIM marks the recent passing of former Visiting Fellow and good friend to CENTRIM, Bob Sang.
Bob Sang worked at the University of Brighton during the 1980s starting in the Department of Service Sector Management, later becoming a Visiting Fellow, good friend and supporter of CENTRIM.
Bob was known to and respected by colleagues from many different disciplines but his main focus was reforming the field of social care. As his obituary in the Guardian noted, "he pioneered the idea of involving patients and the public in the design and improvement of health and social care services. At a time when such thinking met indifference, derision or outright hostility, he succeeded in getting the argument heard".
He will also be remembered for his ability to reach out to people. The Health Policy Insight blog described Bob as "a man with contacts everywhere. He believed in networking, not in the careerist sense but in introducing people with common interests. He was a connector".The tributes to Bob that have followed in the past 6 weeks pay testament to this.
A memorial was held at the Meeting House at the University of Sussex at on the 4th July, which was followed by gathering at the Freeman Centre. Many members of CENTRIM were fortunate enough to attend this event to pay their respects to an extraordinary colleague.