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Emory: Announcing the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health

The Emory University Rollins School of Public Health is thrilled to announce that the Department of Environmental Health will now be named the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health, effective immediately honoring the leadership and philanthropy of Dr. Eugene J. Gangarosa and his wife Rose.

“I don’t think there is a person who does a better job of leading by example than Eugene Gangarosa,” says Dr. James W. Curran, dean of the Rollins School of Public Health. “His tireless quest for knowledge and passion for tackling the world’s problems have served as an inspiration for generations of students and researchers. We hope that in naming the department for the Gangarosas, future generations will be inspired by their leadership and generosity.”

Dr. Gangarosa began teaching in Emory’s Master of Community Health Program (the precursor of the MPH program) in 1975 when it was first established by Emory. As director of the MPH program from 1983-1990, Dr. Gangarosa worked to build the MPH program, and paved the way for the founding of Emory’s first new school in 72 years in 1990. Now in his 90s, Dr. Gangarosa continues to teach the occasional class at Rollins in his role as emeritus professor and is actively involved with the Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene which he founded.

During his service in World War II, Dr. Gangarosa worked to rebuild water and sanitation systems in Naples, Italy. His interest in medicine and enteric pathogens took him to Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, where his intestinal biopsy studies are credited with the widespread adoption of rehydration therapy, which has dramatically influenced the standard operating procedure for treating cholera and saves approximately 1 million children a year.

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