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D.A. Henderson, Epidemiologist Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox, Dies At 87

New York Times: D.A. Henderson, Doctor Who Helped End Smallpox Scourge, Dies at 87
“Dr. Donald A. Henderson, a leader of one of mankind’s greatest public health triumphs, the eradication of smallpox, died on Friday in Towson, Md. He was 87…” (McNeil, 8/21).

NPR: Tribute: The Man Who Led The War To Kill Smallpox
“…An American epidemiologist, Henderson served as director of the World Health Organization’s Smallpox Eradication Program from 1966 to 1977, the year the last known case was found in Merca, Somalia. Henderson died on Aug. 19 in Towson, Md., from the complications of a hip fracture…” (Adams, 8/25).

STAT: In death of D.A. Henderson, credited with eradicating smallpox, the world loses an intellectual giant
“… ‘D.A. was a giant intellectually, he was a giant in his personality, and he didn’t shy away from controversy,’ said his friend Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy. Dr. Bill Foege, a friend and colleague for over 50 years, agreed…” (Branswell, 8/21).

Washington Post: D.A. Henderson, ‘disease detective’ who eradicated smallpox, dies at 87
“…Later, he served as dean of Johns Hopkins University’s school of public health and as a science and bioterrorism adviser in three presidential administrations. But it was in the fight on smallpox — perhaps the most lethal disease in history and one that killed an estimated 300 million people in the 20th century alone — that he became known around the world…” (Langer, 8/20).

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