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Our 2,000+ Schweitzer program alumni — or Fellows for Life — are now living in 46 of 50 states…

… and they’re also in space.

Several days ago, Schweitzer Fellow for Life Robert Satcher returned safely to earth on Space shuttle Atlantis, having completed a 4.5-million mile STS-129 mission to the International Space Station.

Satcher traveled to the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Africa as a 1993 Lambarene Schweitzer Fellow. Then a Harvard Medical School student, Satcher (whose uncle, former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, received the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism from ASF earlier this year) provided medical care to Lambarene locals.

Since then, in the words of Congressman Danny K. Davis, Satcher

has done some amazing things with his life. An orthopedic surgeon who practices at Northwestern Memorial and Children’s Memorial hospitals, teaches at Northwestern University Medical School, does research at the Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern and the Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Advanced Medicine at Northwestern …. he has been active in the Big Brother for Youth at Risk Counseling Program; Department of Corrections, San Francisco, California; a tutor for the Black Student Union tutorial program at MIT; the National Society of Black Engineers; the American Institute of Chemical Engineering; a supervising adult for Cub Scout Camp for Boys in Nashville, Tennessee; and he is a lay Episcopal minister with primary responsibility for visiting the sick and
shut-in members of the church at St. Edmonds Episcopal Church in Chicago and St. James Episcopal Church in Houston.

Congratulations to this lifelong leader in service on his safe return to earth — and his continued good work.