Mr. Timothy Grant Manchester

Mr. Timothy Grant Manchester

5/1/2013

Let us remember Mr. Timothy Grant Manchester, public health worker who improved access to reproductive health and family planning in Africa and Asia. Born in Newton, Kansas, on June 5, 1951, he died in a cycling accident in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on May 1, 2013, at age 61. News of Tim’s death was shared in a Let Us Remember notice on May 4th and he was named in the memorial service during annual conference in June.

Recently, a biography published in www.the lancet.com written by Stephen Pincock was sent to the NYAC Secretary’s office. Tim was raised by his missionary parents (Rev. Avery and Pamela Armstrong Manchester) in Belgium, New York, Connecticut, and Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After earning an undergraduate arts degree at Goddard College, Vermont, he returned to Zaire as a Peace Corps Volunteer before joining the Peace Corps staff. Those years marked the beginning of a life-long passion for improving health care and of an equally committed partnership with his wife Jill. By the early 1980’s, they had returned briefly to the USA, where he took an MSc in epidemiology at Tulane University, acquiring skills that were soon put to use when he returned to Africa as part of Tulane’s rural health improvement project in Niger.

Later he took a post with Save the Children in Cameroon, and it was there he was introduced to the global health organization Population Services International (PSI). Among the projects Tim Manchester initiated were a groundbreaking social marketing program for insecticide-treated bed nets and the development of a new brand of condoms.

In 2001, Manchester and his family moved to China at a time when the county had just begun to grapple with its HIV/AIDS epidemic.  Five years later, Africa called again and the Manchesters returned to Tanzania. Tim provided support to agencies implementing activities, and liaised with the government and donors to improve the availability of contraceptives.

A keen hiker and mountain-climber, Manchester reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro five times. A passionate sailor, he was vice-commodore of Dar es Salaam Yacht Club, where his memorial service was held, and attended by 650 friends and colleagues. One speaker spoke of Tim’s impact with a message from Mitchell Warren, a PSI colleague: “Paul Farmer is quoted as saying ‘all of your most important achievements on this planet will come from working with others.’ Tim has certainly proved this to be true.” He is survived by his wife Jill and their daughters Katherine and Chloe.

You many reach out to Avery with deeds of kindness, prayers for consolation and expressions of support; his contact information:
Rev. Avery Manchester
216 Brookdale Road
Stamford, CT 06903