In Memory of John C. Beck: 1924-2016

Dr. John Beck was the first Secretary-General of the International Society of Endocrinology (ISE) and founding father of endocrinology in Canada.

Together with four other international endocrinologists (from the U.K. and Europe), he was instrumental in organising the first International Congress of Endocrinology (ICE) in Copenhagen in 1960 and subsequently elected as Secretary-General, a role he actively fulfilled until 1976.

He played a vital role in fostering better communications in endocrinology across national boundaries and was responsible for the organisation of four further ICE Meetings (ICE 1964, LondonICE 1968, Mexico CityICE 1972, Washington DC and ICE 1976, Hamburg).

He also championed the development of the International Society of Neuroendocrinology (NEUROENDO NOW).

Dr. Beck was a distinguished academic who contributed enormously to the development of endocrinology internationally.

John C. Beck passed away in Perth, Australia on September 29, 2016 at the age of 92.

We extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.