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Honorary degree citation to John A. Rich '80, MD, MPH (Doctor of Science)
A native of Queens, New York, in 1976 you came to Dartmouth where you became an English major. Under the tutelage of Professors Bill Cook and Errol Hill, you learned the power of language and, filled with a compassion for those without a voice, you determined to help their stories be heard and to change the course of their lives.
Following your graduation, you studied medicine at Duke University and at the Harvard School of Public Health. As a young doctor you worked tirelessly to understand the culture of urban violence and its medical consequences. In 1993, you founded and directed the Young Men's Health Clinic at Boston Medical Center, a groundbreaking initiative devoted to providing primary care to young men, many of them African-American victims of violence. You have succeeded in addressing overall wellness concerns, and you effectively called attention to the need for a more humane health care system.
Today, as a Professor at Drexel University, you remain dedicated to helping inner-city communities to thrive. Recognized as a leader for your innovative scholarship and community programs, in 2006 you were selected as a MacArthur Fellow.
Your alma mater welcomes you here with pride. It is with gratitude for your contributions to the field of public health and social understanding that Dartmouth now awards you its degree Doctor of Science.
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