The public health community lost a giant last week: Harrison Spencer, MD, MPH, president of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).
A veteran of the WHO and the CDC (including its Epidemic Intelligence Service), Spencer served as dean of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and later the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He had led ASPPH since 2000.
“Harrison was a humble man who made a significant impact on the lives of countless people. His death is a tremendous loss to us, to the United States, and the world,” write his ASPPH colleagues in their memorial.
In a remembrance of his friend, Dean Michael J. Klag of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, recalled Spencer as “the epitome of a servant leader. His motivation was always what was best for public health, for the organization and for the deans and institutional representatives who made up ASPPH. It was never about him.”
Spencer died Wednesday evening at his home in Washington D.C., according to a Washington Post article.