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Carson Hercules opined that “How can the dead be truly dead when they still live in the souls of those who are left behind”.
It is with a heavy heart and deep sense of loss that the University College Hospital, Ibadan, received the news of Professor Theophilus Oladipo Ogunlesi’s demise which occurred on Thursday, January 19, 2023.
’Pa Ogunlesi’ as he was fondly called, was totally committed to the practice and progress of Medicine. He was the first Head of the Department of Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan. He also played a major role as the first President of the National Postgraduate College and Postgraduate Medical Education in Nigeria, among others.
Between 1931-1935, he attended St. Paul Primary School in Sagamu and obtained his secondary school certificate at CMS Grammar School, Lagos in 1940. He obtained his post-secondary school certificate from Higher College in Yaba, in 1942. Pa Ogunlesi began his journey in the medical profession in 1947 through the Yaba Medical School and later attended the University of London in 1953 where he eventually qualified as a medical officer in Britain.
The management of the University College Hospital as part of activities to celebrate the Hospital’s 56th Anniversary appreciated the massive contributions of Pa’ Ogunlesi by naming the Hospital’s multipurpose hall the (Emeritus Theophilus Ogunlesi Multipurpose Hall) on Tuesday, 19th of November 2013.
A doyen of Medicine, Emeritus professor Theophilus Ogunlesi was a medical professional per excellence. As a consultant in the Hospital, he always had his thinking cap on. His exemplary life cannot be overemphasized.
He is one of the noble few that can be referred to as a teacher of teachers. I join the family, colleagues, and well-wishers to pray for the repose of the soul of our dear and illustrious father, grandfather, and visionaire.
May God grant his soul eternal repose.
Prof. Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo
MBBS (Ib), Cert. Gastro (Tel Aviv); Cert. Immunol (Ib); Msc.(Ib); Chem. Path (Ib);
Ph.D. Immunol (Ib); FWACP; FUICC (Switz); FACG (USA); FRCP (Glasg); MNIM; FCIPM, (UK), FPMA-UK, PPGD Mgt. Cons. & Org.trans; FIMCN, FIHAN (Hons), IION
Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital, Ibadan.

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