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Dr. Louis W. Sullivan to Give Remarks at Rogers’ Funeral
Atlanta — Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) President Emeritus Dr. Louis W. Sullivan joins other U.S. dignitaries today at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. for the funeral for former U.S. Rep. Paul G. Rogers.
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Atlanta — Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) President Emeritus Dr. Louis W. Sullivan joins other U.S. dignitaries today at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. for the funeral for former U.S. Rep. Paul G. Rogers. Sullivan is an invited speaker for the services.
Rogers played a critical role in the establishment and growth of MSM, providing initial construction funding for the MSM campus. He earned the nickname "Mr. Health" to honor his continuous work on environmental and health care legislation during a 24-year career in Congress. The Florida Democrat also served as MSM's inaugural convocation speaker.
"Paul Rogers was a key member of Congress during a time of tremendous expansion of health education during the latter part of the 20th Century. He was instrumental in his support of legislation to provide $5 million in funding toward construction of the very first building on the Morehouse School of Medicine campus — the Basic Medical Education Building," said Sullivan.
"Paul Rogers was one-of-a-kind. He was always thinking ahead and continuing his support of medical education and biomedical science in the years following his congressional career."
Elected in Florida to fill a seat left vacant by his father's death, Rogers served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1955 to 1979. His nickname emerged when he served as chairman of the House Subcommittee on Health and the Environment for eight years. He left a legacy of health care legislation, including his work on the National Cancer Act of 1971, the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Air Act.
Rogers died Oct. 13, 2008 at the age of 87.
Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 as the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. In 1981 Morehouse School of Medicine became an independently chartered institution and the first minority medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care. For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at www.msm.edu.
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