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AlwildaWallace1A Special Visit

Celebrating the School’s Centennial with a special visit to the School's oldest living graduate

Not many people can say they were born the same year the Bloomberg School of Public Health appointed its very first faculty members. In fact, at age 99, Alwilda Wallace, MS ‘50, is the Bloomberg School’s oldest living alum. To honor Alwilda and the birthday of the School, fellow alum Wendy Kaye, PhD ’84, MHS ’80, visited Alwilda in their shared hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, and presented her with a few fun birthday gifts from the Bloomberg School.

Alwilda, who will turn 100 on February 17, 2017, was raised on a farm in rural Missouri. She spent her early years after college working at the Missouri State Health Department where she discovered her love for public health. Later, she earned her Master of Science degree in Bacteriology (now part of the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology department) at the Bloomberg School. Following her studies, she had a long and productive career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), primarily in the area of sexually transmitted disease and infection prevention.

Fast FriendsAlwildaandWendy

When the Bloomberg School’s Alumni Office reached out to Wendy Kaye about visiting Alwilda, she jumped at the chance. Wendy spent more than 20 years at the CDC when she retired from the United States Public Health Service. Prior to retiring, she held the position of Chief of the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, Division of Health Studies, ATSDR for almost 15 years and now continues to consult privately on a variety of public health topics. As a fellow former CDC employee and Bloomberg School alumna, Wendy and Alwilda shared common experiences before they even met. Upon meeting, they hit it off right away. Alwilda shared stories with Wendy about her time at the CDC and the School, and they agreed to take a trip together to the CDC museum in the future.

It has been a truly remarkable year-long Centennial celebration, and we’re honored to be part of making this new friendship possible.

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