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International Health

In Memoriam

Professor Richard Morrow

Professor Morrow

Professor Morrow joined the Department in 1991. Before moving to Baltimore he was a professor at Harvard School of Public Health and director of epidemiology and field research for Tropical Disease Research and Training at the World Health Organization. He had more than 50 years’ experience working with public health, quality assurance and health systems in countries around the world. In his field, Morrow is widely known for his expertise in quality assurance management methods for developing countries; the development of burden of disease measures and their use in health sector reform; and epidemiologic methods for field trials in developing countries. He is the author of several books and hundreds of articles on a wide range of public health topics. In addition to his international public health work, Morrow served as a mentor to hundreds of students throughout the world.

“He was a man of both humility and brilliance,” said Professor Adnan Hyder, director of the Department’s Health Systems Program. “Intellectually, he was one of the most creative public health physicians in his field. Personally, he was a man of respect. He would treat everyone the same—a first-year student or the director of the World Health Organization.”

Morrow will be remembered for his brilliance, grace, humor, curiosity, generosity and above all, his integrity. His passion for social justice and the greater good of global public health will be carried on in the lives of his wife of 54 years, their four children, their nine grandchildren and his students all over the world. Before his death, Morrow established a student scholarship fund. Contributions can be made to the Richard H. Morrow Scholarship Fund in Health Systems at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. You can read his obituary in The Baltimore Sun and on the Bloomberg School website

With the passing of Dick Morrow and Tim Baker, we lost two trailblazers in the field of international health. Their unique blends of humility, humor, and dedication to students, colleagues, and science have helped to weave the fabric of our Department, and I hope will continue be a part of their legacy here and around the world.  —Chair David Peters