The Passing of a Legend

On July 24, 2018, RADM Jerrold Mark Michael passed away. He was a legend of public health and of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. RADM Michael was a founding member and longtime Diplomate Emeritus of the American Academy of Sanitarians.  

Born in 1927, RADM Michael enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school. He served as a Hospital Corpsman at the end of World War II. In 1951, he married Lynn Simon in Washington, DC. 

RADM Michael began his 20-year career in the Commissioned Corps as an Ensign assigned by the CDC to work on a polio research project in Arizona. Rising to Rear Admiral Upper Half, RADM Michael left the Commissioned Corps for the Aloha State. He served for 25 years as Professor and, for most of that time, as Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Hawaii. He then served 14 years as a Professor of Global Health at the George Washington University. 

A prolific writer, RADM Michael was recognized for his work in health policy analysis and the politics of health, comparative health systems, global health, health management, health leadership and academic management. He received many honors, including the Walter Mangold Award of the National Environmental Health Associate and the John Shaw Billings Award from AMSUS. He was twice awarded the PHS Meritorious Service Medal and Commendation Medal, as well as two awards of the Brutsche Award from COA. 

RADM Michael was a life member of COA.  He was founding President of the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health (COF) and an active participant in the national public health political process. 

COA and the Academy want to extend condolences to the Michael family. We all mourn the passing of RADM Jerry Michael, a legend of public health and a good man. Rest in peace, Jerry. 

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