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November 10, 2015

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Names Recipient of CLF Award

Robert S. Lawrence, MD, founder and outgoing director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF), has bestowed the prestigious CLF award—the Center’s highest honor—to Edward Dodge, MD, MPH. Dodge is a celebrated physician, professor, and long-time supporter of CLF’s work.

The CLF Award is presented to individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to advancing our understanding of the complex interactions between humans, the food system, and the environment. Dodge was presented with the CLF Award on November 9, 2015, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Md., during the annual Dodge Lecture series named in honor of Dodge and his late wife Nancy.

Dodge moved from New York to Angola as a baby, and has had a life-long appreciation and deep knowledge of public health issues in Africa. He received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and an MPH degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1967. He served in the U.S. Public Health Service and as an assistant professor of public health at Haile Selassie University's Public Health College in Gondar, Ethiopia. In 1971, he was named director of the Citrus-Levy County Health Units of the Florida Division of Health before becoming a family physician in Inverness, Florida.

In addition to his care of patients, students, and promotion of the field of public health, Dr. Dodge and his late wife Nancy have sponsored one of the School’s most prominent annual lectureships through the R. Edward Dodge, Jr. and Nancy L. Dodge Family Foundation Endowment for the past 15 years. Because of the Dodges’ generosity, CLF has been able to attract some of the leading thinkers in the food system and public health to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Among the recent guest lecturers are former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Dr. Olivier De Schutter; scientist, author and activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva; and Dr. Ricardo Salvador of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Dr. Lawrence, who has long worked with Dodge, thanked him saying, “My tenure as Director of CLF has been made richer by the support of the Dodges, and the breadth and quality of speakers we have been able to attract to the Center would not have been possible without their support.”

This year’s Dodge Lecturer, Patrick Holden, was the founding director of the Sustainable Food Trust, working internationally to accelerate the transition toward more sustainable food systems. He was the founding chairman of British Organic Farmers before joining the Soil Association, where he worked for nearly 20 years. His advocacy for a major global transition to more sustainable food systems now entails international advocacy sharing knowledge from his work and personal experiences on his 300-acre ranch in Wales.