As ASF’s communications specialist, I’d be remiss if I didn’t have a Google Alert set for “Albert Schweitzer.” Most of the time, the alert returns a Schweitzer quote that’s being bandied about the blogosphere. (“There are two refuges from life’s miseries: music and cats” seems to be the most popular. Hmm.)
But a different sort of item just landed in my inbox — an article from today’s Tacoma, WA News Tribune about the Seattle Seahawks’ new linebacker. It starts off, “Aaron Curry already has the Butkus Award, but those who know him portray the Seahawks’ new linebacker as a likely candidate for the Albert Schweitzer humanitarian award.”
An even likelier candidate? Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher — who actually will be awarded the Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in Boston on May 9.
Sworn in as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States in 1998, Dr. Satcher has made reducing and eventually eliminating health and health care inequalities in underserved communities his life’s mission. First in public service (he was the first person to have served as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and then as Surgeon General), and now as Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, he has shone a much-needed spotlight on neglected health issues and inspired new generations of leaders in service by his example.
Previously administered by Johns Hopkins University, the Prize is now presented by The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Past recipients have included Gwen Grant Mellon, Ted Turner, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Robert L. Lawrence, M.D., Marian Wright Edelman, C. Everett Koop, M.D., Mary Woodard Lasker, and former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush.
Click here for more information on the May 9 festivities — in addition to receiving the Schweitzer Prize, Dr. Satcher will narrate the world premiere of “Albert Schweitzer Portrait” (a newly commissioned orchestral work celebrating the 60th anniversary of Schweitzer’s sole visit to the U.S.) as it’s performed by the Longwood Symphony Orchestra.
Aaron Curry, you’re invited!