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June 7, 2016: Special Edition

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Special Edition: June 7, 2016
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Carlos del Rio
Dear friends and colleagues:
It is with a truly heavy heart that I regret to inform you that our dear colleague Phil Brachman passed away last night. Phil was a legend in public health. He joined the CDC in 1954, before many of us were even born, and worked there in epidemiology and training until his retirement. He held many positions at the CDC including directing the Field Epidemiology Training Program and serving as Director of the Epidemiology Program Office from 1970 to 1981.

After retiring from the CDC in 1986 Phil began a second career when he joined the RSPH faculty and taught courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health surveillance, and infectious diseases. He also developed a series of short courses that were taught in Atlanta, throughout the United States, and abroad. Philip was also the director of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program that brought countless public health practitioners from all reaches of the globe to Emory each year. Building on his connections with the CFAR, Emory was named the "AIDS Fellows campus" for the Humphrey Program, thereby gifting our CFAR with some of the best and brightest from all over the world.

The Humphrey Fellows revered Philip and appreciated his dedication and enthusiasm for them. He was a passionate educator and leader. When he entered the hospital yesterday morning he lamented that he could not be with his students that day, was concerned about who would replace him, and was looking forward to being back in the classroom tomorrow.

As a result of his 62 years as a truly outstanding educator there are thousands of people around the world who are able to help politicians, community leaders, service providers, and public health activists make data-driven public health decisions about everything from AIDS to Zika.

The world is, and will remain, a better place because of Phil.

On a personal note Phil was also my friend and hero. He was one of the founders of Paideia School where my kids went and was there for many events on a regular basis long after his children had graduated. His son Phil, an MD and an infectious diseases physician, went to residency and fellowship at Emory with me and his grandson Alexander was a classmate of my daughter at Paideia.

It's hard to think about the CFAR or Emory without Phil. Information on his memorial service is below. Please join me there in remembering one of history's icons of Public Health.


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Memorial Service
Friday, June 10, 2016
Paideia School Auditorium
1509 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta

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