William Foege,MD, MPH, former director of the Centers forDisease Control and Prevention and a towering figure in public health, was one of 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Barack Obama cited the winners at a White House ceremony.
Foege, the 2008 winner of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership at Research!America's Advocacy Awards, is a senior fellow in the Global Health Program at the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation and holds professorships at Emory University and the University of Washington.
Other honorees included former Secretary of State MadeleineAlbright, PhD; singer-songwriter Bob Dylan; astronaut and former Sen. John Glenn(D-OH); author Toni Morrison; president of Israel Shimon Peres; former Supreme Court Justice John PaulStevens; and legendary women's basketball coach and Alzheimer's disease advocate Pat Summitt. The awards were presented May 29.