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Professor Kevin Kerr, BSc MB ChB MD FRCPath FRSPH

Colleagues will be sorry to hear of the death of Kevin Kerr, who passed away on 28th November 2015.

Kevin was a Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology at the University of Leeds and honorary Consultant Microbiologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, 1995-2002. In 2002 he left Leeds to take up the post of Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust. He was also honorary Clinical Professor of Microbiology at the Hull York Medical School. Kevin took early retirement in March 2015 after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Kevin was passionate about microbiology and infection control with particular interests in the influence of the built environment on transmission of hospital infection. He collaborated widely with other disciplines, including chemistry and engineering and published on a range of topics including airborne infection, food and water safety and antimicrobial resistance. He was on the editorial board of a number of journals and chair of the European Society of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Study Group on Food- and Water-borne Infection. He also had an interest in patient and public engagement. He was a STEM Ambassador and became the first Director of Public Engagement for the Royal College of Pathologists.

A memorial service for Professor Kevin Kerr will be held in the Hospital Chapel at Harrogate District Hospital on Friday, 29th January 2016 at 1.30 p.m.  All are welcome to attend and there will be the opportunity to pay brief tributes to Kevin during the service.