Professor Merton Sandler was President of the Association for Post-natal Illness from the date it was first founded in 1980 to the day he died in August 2014.

Without Merton Sandler there would be no APNI. He encouraged the formation of a supportive voluntary organisation from the very first. Merton Sandler helped persuade doctors and scientists to help us and advise us. He worked very hard on our behalf and spent hours editing our two main publications. All this at a time when professionally he had an extremely demanding job.

Merton Sandler first qualified as a doctor and then went on to specialise in Chemical Pathology. One of his main research interests was the molecular causes of depression. Merton Sandler was Professor of Chemical Pathology at Queen Charlotte’s Maternity Hospital when Clare Delpech first contacted him in 1979.

Merton Sandler never forgot the human distress and suffering associated with depression. He was a supremely humane person and worked tirelessly to do anything he could to help us set up the organisation so that women who were ill might benefit.

We are so grateful to Merton Sandler for all his help and advice and send our profound condolences to his wife Lorna and his four children.