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December 1, 2009


“Give quality work throughout your lives, even though there’s no way of knowing how your efforts will affect the future.”

It is pretty easy to see how Dr. Bill Foege ’57 affected the future – he is the epidemiologist who is credited as the person who led the worldwide effort to eradicate smallpox. Foege tells people to follow their “moral compass,” and his path from medical missionary to director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention certainly pointed him in the right direction. He’s been very influential at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and even U.S. President Jimmy Carter called Foege one of the two men in his life, other than his father, “who have shaped who I am.”

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