Sad death of a Slipped Disc regular

Sad death of a Slipped Disc regular


norman lebrecht

July 23, 2020

I am terribly sorry to report the sudden passing of Dr Mike Schachter who made frequent interventions in our debates.

Mike, who died in London on his 70th birthday, was a Handel obsessive who chased baroque operas all over Europe. Professionally, he was a perceptive physician whose knowledge ranged across many fields and whose grateful students stayed in touch all over the world. Here’s the official statement from Imperial College London:

Dr Michael Schachter

Dear students and colleagues

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Dr Michael Schachter. This was entirely unexpected and has come as a great shock to all of us in the School of Medicine, to his National Heart and Lung Institute colleagues, and to staff and students across the College. Mike was a hugely respected clinician, scholar, teacher and Tutor, and will be sorely missed by us all.



  • so sorry to hear this sad news.

  • Karl says:

    That’s too bad. He should have had more opera chasing years ahead of him.

  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    I am so sorry to see this, Norman. His career as a physician and lover of music will resound with many for years to come.

  • V. Lind says:

    I’ll miss his contributions. RIP, and condolences to NL — I assume he was a friend or at least friendly associate.

  • Bernard Freudenthal says:

    Besides being a fine gentleman, generous of spirit, genuinely friendly, and interested in people and their ideas, Mike was a lover of the world, of people, of ideas and of culture of all kinds. He was passionate about music in the meaningful sense of it being a hugely important part of his life, and he was a deeply intelligent patron of the arts. He certainly seemed to believe that music was something important enough to be worth having deeply felt opinions about. Sadly he still had much to contribute to the world of medicine, and so much music and life still left to enjoy. It must be regrettable that the last four months of his life were spent in the current interminable desert of Covid lock-down, upon which historians of science and society may one day pass critical judgement. Mike will be sorely missed by many.

  • Novagerio says:

    R.I.P. dearest Mike!

  • Una says:

    May he rest in peace…

  • dgar Self says:

    I valued and profited from Dr. Schachter’s commens without knowing hisoprofession or nationality, and learned to watch for them. Our Forum is diminished.

  • A consummate professional and a humane chair of the examination board I had the pleasure of attending for five years. I am very saddened to hear of his death. RIP.