University of Iowa honors William Foege

William H. Foege | Photo by Tom Paulson

The University of Iowa College of Public Health named William Foege the recipient of the 2014 Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award and Distinguished Lectureship on Thursday.

Foege, an epidemiologist and child health and development specialist, led a successful worldwide campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1960s. 

“There are few individuals in the world of public health—in the world period—as accomplished as Dr. Foege,” Sue Curry, the dean of the university's College of Public Health, said. “His career has been marked by his extraordinary commitment to helping people everywhere live healthier lives. His achievements reflect a remarkable combination of human compassion and tenacious application of public health science."

The Hansen Leadership Award is presented annually to honor individuals who have made sustained contributions in the public health field. 

Foege will visit the school on Oct. 1-2. 

At 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 1, he will participate in a book club discussion with the College of Public Health highlighting his memoir House on Fire.

During his presentation at 10 a.m. Oct. 2, Foege will present the 2014 Hansen Distinguished lecture entitled “Is Ebola the New Face of Global Health.”

Both events will be held in Callaghan Auditorium.