The GORDON AND LLURA GUND LEADERSHIP AWARD honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to increasing the level of advocacy for medical or health research at the local, state or national level.

Mary Fogarty McAndrew, the recipient of the Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award, is the daughter of the late Congressman John E. Fogarty of Rhode Island, also known as “Mr. Public Health.” As chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, Education and Welfare, he championed funding for public health. Since his sudden death in 1967, Mary has carried his torch in her work as an ardent advocate of better health, domestically and around the globe, supporting the efforts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill which established the John E. Fogarty International Center for Advanced Study in the Health Sciences at NIH. The Center began with a budget of $500,000 in 1968 and has grown to over $75 million today. It supports over 5,000 scientists in more than 100 countries throughout the world. McAndrew chairs the John E. Fogarty Foundation for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 


For more information about the Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award, click here.


Mary Fogarty McAndrew - 2020 Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award