Navigation Links
Former U.S. Surgeon General Julius B. Richmond, 91
Date:7/29/2008

CHICAGO, July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former U.S. Surgeon General Julius B. Richmond, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician and pioneer in child development and anti-tobacco education, died Sunday, July 27, 2008, of cancer at his home near Boston. He was 91.

Dr. Richmond served as President Carter's Assistant Secretary for Health and as U.S. Surgeon General from 1977 to 1981. As Surgeon General, Dr. Richmond reinvigorated tobacco control efforts through the release of the 1979 Surgeon General's Report presenting for the first time overwhelming scientific evidence of the multiple harmful effects of smoking. The American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence - a program dedicated to eliminating children's exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke - is named in honor of Dr. Richmond's lifelong commitment to the health of children and families.

"Dr. Richmond was one of the giants in our field," said Renee R. Jenkins, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. "He was a wonderful role model for pediatric leaders in the U.S. and throughout the world, and the Academy was honored that Dr. Richmond allowed us to name the AAP Richmond Center for him."

Born in Chicago in 1916, Dr. Richmond earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago in 1939. After serving as a flight surgeon during World War II, he returned to the University of Illinois and rose to the rank of Professor of Pediatrics. He would later go on to leadership positions at the University of Illinois, SUNY College of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. In 1965, he established the national Head Start program to promote school readiness, a result of his pioneering work in the psychosocial development of children. He helped create the Neighborhood Health Centers as part of President Johnson's War on Poverty. As surgeon general, he issued the report "Healthy People: The Surgeon General's Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention," which for the first time established health goals for the nation for the next decade. This process has now been institutionalized by the U.S. Public Health Service.

"Dr. Richmond was one of the all-time greats in pediatrics, and he has been a mentor and a hero to me," said Errol Alden, MD, FAAP, executive director/CEO of the AAP. "He was one of the first to recognize that early child development is a marker of health and to establish the link between health and education. As the father of Head Start, he launched an incredibly successful program that would go on to help more than 25 million children develop the social and cognitive skills they need to succeed in school. He was an incredible man, and we will miss him terribly."

After his term as surgeon general, in 1981 Dr. Richmond returned to Harvard as the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Director of the Division of Health Policy Research and Education. From 1987 to 1993, he served as chairperson of the steering committee of the Forum on the Future of Children and Families of the National Academy of Sciences. He received many honors for his work.

Although he officially retired in 1988, Dr. Richmond continued to teach, write and mentor students and colleagues. He served as an expert witness in several historic class-action litigations against the tobacco industry and served as founding chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI). FAMRI, a not-for-profit medical research foundation, was established as a result of a class action suit brought against the tobacco industry on behalf of flight attendants exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke in airline cabins. The AAP and FAMRI joined together in 2006 to dedicate the AAP Julius B. Richmond Center in recognition of Dr. Richmond's contributions to health promotion and disease prevention.

"Dr. Richmond was a pioneer in pediatrics and public health, and was one of the earliest and steadiest voices about the harms of second-hand tobacco and the need to protect children and youth," said Jonathan D. Klein, MD, MPH, FAAP, founding director of the Richmond Center. "In addition to making a positive impact on the health and well-being of children, he was an inspiring mentor to many generations of pediatricians, and we will miss his voice and enthusiasm very much."

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Learn more at HYPERLINK "http://www.aap.org/" http://www.aap.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Academy of Pediatrics
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Former Assistant US Surgeon General Woodie Kessel, MD, MPH, Joins Academic Network LLC as Senior Scientific Advisor
2. In Smoke-Free Minnesota, Five Former Smokers Share Their Struggles With Fighting Addiction
3. Medtronic Spine, Formerly Kyphon Inc., to Pay U.S. $75 Million to Resolve Allegations Of Defrauding Medicare
4. Melissa Biggs, Fashion Designer and Former Baywatch Actress, Teams with CSL Behring to Raise Awareness of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, a Commonly Misdiagnosed Respiratory Disease
5. Former Senate Majority Leader, Princeton Economist Joust on Future of Health Care
6. ExamForce Hires Former (ISC)2 Americas Leader to Head Corporate and Government Sales Efforts
7. Former Dallas Cowboy Honored as Parker College of Chiropractic Top 2008 Graduate
8. Former Bristol-Myers Squibb Senior Vice President Indicted for Lying to the Federal Government About Popular Blood-Thinning Drug
9. LodgeNet Appoints John E. Haire, Former Time Warner Executive, to Board of Directors
10. Former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Baker, Daschle, Dole, and Mitchell Launch Unprecedented Health Care Effort
11. Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Investigation on Behalf of Current and Former Employees of Inverness Medical Innovations, Inc. Who Invested in the Inverness Medical Innovations, Inc. Employee Savings Plan
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... 20, 2017 , ... The Business Architecture Guild® is pleases ... Guide )v 6.0 is now available for member download. This release is dedicated ... , Non-members may download the Part 1 Introduction for free at ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... NC (PRWEB) , ... July 20, 2017 , ... LINET, ... the latest innovation to their product line: the AVE 2 birthing bed. , Perfectly ... helps bring a new level of comfort and efficiency to every phase of childbirth. ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 19, 2017 , ... At Creekwood Dental Arts, Drs. Donna G. ... treatment and dental implants in Waco, TX, using the latest dental technology ... by Tekscan®, they can capture details in the oral cavity for accurate diagnoses and ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 19, 2017 , ... Adolfson & Peterson ... manager, Josh Christensen. As a leader in healthcare construction, AP has successfully built ... resume in the Midwest with Josh now on board. , Josh brings ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... ... “Fidget”: a fun-filled, action-packed memoir of adventures. “Fidget” is the creation of ... who was a summa cum laude graduate of Gardner Webb University. She has won ... her retirement from public school, Lynn continued to pursue her love for music through ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/12/2017)... , July 12, 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... with generic companies to resolve pending patent litigation in the ... Virginia regarding the Cialis ® (tadalafil) unit ... April 26, 2020. As part of the agreement, Cialis exclusivity ... 27, 2018. "The unit dose patent for Cialis ...
(Date:7/11/2017)... , July 11, 2017  Dr. Echenberg, founder of Echenberg Institute, ... program to patients who suffer from painful intercourse and other painful pelvic ... vaginal atrophy due to menopause. ... VuVatech LLC ... created by Sarasota, Florida -based start-up company, VuVatech LLC, ...
(Date:7/10/2017)... Calif. , July 10, 2017  The tenth ... Boston, MA at the Sheraton ... value and unparalleled access to global decision makers and ... draw 800+ life science leaders during two impactful days. ... and provides delegates with additional networking opportunities with 4,500+ ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: