The Anniversary Issue
Most public health professionals have their nose to the grindstone--collecting and analyzing data, identifying new issues and creating new approaches to those issues.
In 1923, the automotive industry discovered that by adding lead to gasoline, cars could run more smoothly and economically.
Anniversaries can fuel patriotic sanctimony, fill newspaper columns, and generate grandiose statements that bear little relation to reality. hey can also remind us who we are.
Dean's Assistant Sylvia Koski has served every SPH dean since Richard Remington took office in 1974 as the school's third dean (after Henry Vaughan and Myron Wegman).
For some SPH faculty and graduates, history is alive, well, and very much a factor in what they do today.
As director of the program in hospital administration at U-M from 1970 to 1982, and later chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy from 1987 to 1991, John Griffith taught countless SPH students how to run a hospital.