In Memoriam: Dr. Harrison C. Spencer

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August 12, 2016

IANPHI joins the family and colleagues of Dr. Harrison C. Spencer in mourning his tragic loss. 

He was a great humanitarian who brought people together for the benefit of all. As a longtime collaborator and friend his loss to IANPHI, the public health community and the world, is immense,” said IANPHI President Mauricio Hernandez.

Harrison C. Spencer was President and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). Immediately prior to his current position, he served as president and CEO of the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) from 2000-2001. He was also Chair of the Board of Directors of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC).

From 1996-2000, Dr. Spencer was Dean of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Prior to going to London, Dr. Spencer was Dean of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans from 1991-1996.

During a career with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Spencer served as an EIS Officer and at the field station in El Salvador. He founded and directed the CDC research station in Nairobi, Kenya for five years (1979-1984) and then served as Senior Medical Officer at the Malaria Action Program of the World Health Organization in Geneva. Before going to Tulane in 1991, he was Chief of the Parasitic Diseases Branch at CDC.

Dr. Spencer received a BA from Haverford College, an MD from Johns Hopkins, an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley and a DTM&H from the University of London. He was board certified in internal medicine and preventive medicine. He was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine. He was Certified in Public Health (CPH) from the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE).

Dr. Spencer was elected a Founding Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998 and to the U.S. Institute of Medicine in 2003.

Tribute to Dr. Spencer