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

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 on
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