Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Dr. William Foege talks on “Practical Lessons for Planning Your Life”
Dr. Foege, who led the fight to successfully eradicate smallpox, returns to PLU on Nov. 21 for a free public lecture and book-signing
Source Newsroom: Pacific Lutheran University
Newswise — Alumni Dr. William H. Foege, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for leading the fight to successfully eradicate smallpox, returns to PLU on Nov. 21 for a free public lecture and book-signing.
Dr. Foege, an epidemiologist, worked on the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. Presenting Dr. Foege with the nation's highest civilian honor at the White House Medal of Freedom ceremony last year, President Barack Obama called him a leader in “one of medicine's greatest success stories.”
After his PLU talk on Nov. 21, Foege will sign copies of his book, House on Fire, which explains how smallpox, a disease that killed, blinded and scarred millions of people, was completely eradicated in a spectacular triumph of medicine and public health. Part autobiography, part mystery, the book describes Dr. Foege’s experiences in public health and details the remarkable program that involved people from countries around the world in pursuit of a single objective: eliminating smallpox forever.
About Dr. Foege
Dr. Foege served as chief of the Smallpox Eradication Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was appointed director of the CDC in 1977. He graduated from PLU in 1957 and later received his medical degree from the University of Washington and his master's degree in public health from Harvard University. He also holds honorary degrees from numerous institutions and was named a fellow of the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1997. He has written more than 125 professional publications and is the author of House on Fire.
Date and time: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
Location: Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, PLU campus, 12180 Park Avenue S., Tacoma.
Admission: Free; reservations preferred.
Read more about Dr. Foege’s 2012 Medal of Freedom presentation: http://www.plu.edu/news/2012/04/foege/home.php