Fauci ’62 receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

At a White House ceremony on June 19, President Bush awarded the nation’s highest civilian medal to six Americans, including Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., ’62, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The text of Fauci’s citation reads: “As a physician, medical researcher, author, and public servant, Dr. Anthony Fauci has dedicated his life to expanding the horizons of human knowledge and making progress toward groundbreaking cures for diseases. His efforts to advance our understanding and treatment of HIV/AIDS have brought hope and healing to tens of millions in both developed and developing nations. The United States honors Anthony Fauci for his commitment to enabling men, women, and children to live longer, healthier lives.”

As director of NIAID, Fauci oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose and treat infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, influenza, tuberculosis, malaria and illness from potential agents of bioterrorism. NIAID also supports research on transplantation and immune-related illnesses, including autoimmune disorders, asthma and allergies.

Fauci serves as one of the key advisers to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services on global AIDS issues, and on initiatives to bolster medical and public health preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats such as pandemic influenza.

A classics major with a premed concentration during his undergraduate years, Fauci has credited Holy Cross with instilling in him a lifelong commitment to social justice.

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