In Memory of

Professor Peter Kopelman

This online book of condolence has been set up to remember Professor Peter Kopelman. 

Professor Kopelman’s association with the University of London began when he studied medicine at St George’s, University of London as an undergraduate, and in a long and distinguished career became its Principal (2008-15). Prior to his appointment at St George’s, he was Vice-Principal, Queen Mary University of London, and was interim Vice-Chancellor of the University of London between June 2018 and June 2019.

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Julia Thomas

I worked with Professor Kopelman on the Staff Student committee as a medical student at Barts & the London. He examined me for finals long cases and then I became his House Officer at The Royal London. Throughout the time he was supportive and encouraging. His knowledge of medicine was phenomenal. I will always …

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Gail Fleming

I am so sorry to learn that Peter has passed away. I worked closely with Peter when I joined the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2018. Peter was the Chair of our Faculty and Education Board which later became the Education & Standards Committee. He also chaired the Pharmacy Education Governance Oversight Board (we laughed …

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Oliver McKinley/ Brett Appleton

To the family of the Professor Peter Kopelman,   Kent & Medway ICS worked with Peter on particular projects via the University.  We are very saddened to hear of his passing. From all collegues at Kent & Medway ICS. …

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Stuart Dollow

I remember Peter as a Lecturer when I was a student and then as a consultant. We worked on various studies together and he was always a perfect gentleman with a wry sense of humour. More recently we reconnected via his DDRB work and he was as charming and incisive as ever.Very sad and …

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Tahseen A. Chowdhury

When I joined the Royal London Hospital in 2002 as a new Consultant, Peter was incredibly kind and generous with his time and wisdom. He offered great support and encouragement with my ideas for the diabetes service in Tower Hamlets. He was a superb clinician, teacher and scientist, and a terrific role model. He …

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Ian Caterson

Dear Sue and Family Peter and I have been colleagues for many years and worked together on Clinical Obesity (for 3 editions now). He was a delight to work with. He was quick witted, clever, knowledgeable and I always learned from my interactions with him. He will be sorely missed but his legacy lives …

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Graham A Hitman

Dear Sue and family I was very sad to hear of the sad loss of Peter. He was a much valued friend and loved colleague of mine, starting as Clinical Lecturers at the London Hospital Medical College under the late Bob Cohen and in more senior positions at Barts and the London School of …

Graham A Hitman

Dr Michael Spence - President and Provost, UCL

Although I had not met Professor Kopelman it is clear from what I hear from colleagues at UCL that he was held in high regard, both professionally and personally. I imagine there are many mourning his passing following his long association with the University of London, and I send my deepest condolences to you …

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Adrian Clark

I was so saddened to hear of Peter’s passing having known him for the last 30 years both at QMUL and at St George’s. He was a great doctor and teacher and an excellent Principal at St George’s. He brought enormous energy and enthusiasm to everything he did and was always open to new …

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DR RICHARD LONG

I am deeply saddened to hear of Peter’s early passing. I knew him as a my SHO when I was a registrar and subsequently, particularly with the PACES exam. He was kind, empathetic, generous and an outstanding clinician. His humility and honesty made him exceptional. I offer my sincerest condolences to his family. …

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Gerard Kelly

I was honoured and privileged to work with Peter. He was a shining example of humanity at its absolute best in every way. …

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Deborah Gill

Peter was the most remarkable colleague, guide and friend. It maybe that his family already know this, but Peter was so incredibly proud of his children. No matter the seriousness of the subject under discussion we always reverted to talking about the strengths, character and successes of his children within minutes. Peter acheived many …

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Professor Trevor Beedham

Peter’s death, at such a relatively young age and after such a cruel illness, was a shock and a tragedy for Sue and his family. He was a very talented man but his modesty precluded most people from seeing the whole man. The many tributes to him help build a picture of a kind …

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Carron Windsor

I had the pleasure of working with Peter when he was the interim Vice Chancellor at the University of London. I liked that he got out and about and was never one to be locked away in his office. He was genuinely interested in the people who worked at the university. He would always …

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Sylvia Yeo

My colleagues and I had the pleasure of hosting Professor Kopelman and his lovely wife, Sue, in April 2019 at the Singapore Institute of Managenent. We remember him as being down to earth, easy to talk to, gracious and professional. Our condolences to Sue and the family. We remember Prof Kopelman with much fondness.  …

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Rick Rylance

Peter was one of the kindest, most thoughtful and most able people I have encountered in Higher Education. It was no surprise to learn that earlier in his medical career he won an award – I forget the exact title – for being the best patient-centred doctor in his year. I had particular cause to …

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David Cantor

Professor Kopelman was a fantastic advocate for setting up the University of London Refugee Law Clinic, which has now been operating for over a year, providing legal advice and representation to some of the most marginalised individuals in our London community. Professor Kopelman’s infectious enthusiasm for engaging, intercollegiate and interdisciplinary work, combined with the …

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Jo Fox

I wish to send my sincere condolences to Peter’s family and friends. I was incredibly lucky to have worked with Peter during my time at the School of Advanced Study. He was a constant source of wise counsel and calm, considered leadership. His passion for education was evident, and he was constantly building new …

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Ian Harvey and Lesley Wootton

Ian got to know Peter as a work colleague at UEA, but both of us (and our families) subsequently became great friends with Peter and Sue. We always enjoyed meeting them in Norwich, Aylsham or Cromer or when walking in the Norfolk countryside. Peter was unfailingly kind, generous and positive. He was also incredibly …

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Doris Stewart-Walcott

My sincere condolence to the family, loved ones, friends, colleagues and past students of Professor Peter Kopelman. May his soul rest in peace. May his family, loved ones, friends, colleagues and students be comforted during this time of loss. ” An educator affects eternity, he never knows where his influence stops.” Thank you for …

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Reetu Kansal

I feel privileged to have worked and interacted with Peter at the University. He had a lovely presence and his approachability was much appreciated. His contributions to people, be it through his medical profession or through his service to education, were inspiring. I am grateful for all Peter did. He will be missed immensely.  …

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Natasha Callender

It has been a privilege and pleasure to work with Peter so closely over the past year as a clinical fellow to the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England. His expertise, support and insights were invaluable. His commitment to pharmacy workforce training, education and development was profound. He will be widely missed.  …

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Bill Abraham

I was very privileged to work with Peter at the University of London, and also to get to know Sue in the course of our work meeting Alumni of the University.  I still remember the wonderful dinner we had at the Parkview complex in Hong Kong, followed by a tour of their broad and …

David Ferguson

Dr Michael Spence

On behalf of the whole UCL community, may I offer our deepest condolences to Peter’s family, friends and colleagues on the very sad news of his passing.  Dr Michael Spence President & Provost, UCL …

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Maureen Boylan

Peter’s death is a huge loss to the University, to his academic world  and to anyone who had the joy of working with him.  Over a ten-year period I worked closely with Peter on a number of complicated and sometimes contentious projects,  and I learned so much from him each time.  He was one …

David Ferguson

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