February 17, 2015
Former Health and Human Services Secretary to Discuss and Sign His New Book
Dr. Louis W. Sullivan Tells of His Experiences in “Breaking Ground”
The remarkable life of Louis W. Sullivan (born 1933), who spent his childhood in Jim Crow southern Georgia, became a physician, went on to found Morehouse School of Medicine and was appointed secretary of Health and Human Services, is recounted in Dr. Sullivan’s new book, “Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine” (University of Georgia Press, 2014).
Sullivan will discuss and sign his book on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at noon in the Montpelier Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. This Books & Beyond event is sponsored by the Library’s Center for the Book. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
At the age of 5, Sullivan told his mother that he wanted to be a doctor. Schools in Blakely, Georgia, were segregated at the time, so his parents sent him to Savannah and later Atlanta for his education. After graduating from Morehouse College, he attended medical school at Boston University, where he was the sole African American in his class. Several years later, the president at Morehouse asked him to found a medical school there. During this time, Sullivan developed a long relationship with George H.W. and Barbara Bush, who appointed him HHS secretary.
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To: The Morehouse School of Medicine Family
Fr: Louis W. Sullivan, MD, President Emeritus
Re: The Passing of two early leaders in the MSM extended Family
Da: February 15, 2016
I was saddened to learn today about the deaths of two former MSM leaders who made major contributions to the development of the institution.
Stanley W. Olson, MD (1914-2016) served as a consultant to me and the School of Medicine at Morehouse College from 1978-1980, developing the strategic plan for the evolution of the institution from a two year basic medical sciences program into a four year MD-degree granting medical school. Stan was an experienced medical education consultant, having served as Dean of (1) the University of Illinois College of Medicine (1950-53), (2) Baylor College of medicine (1953-1966), (3) Northeastern Ohio University College of medicine (1972-1980; founding provost) and (4) Morehouse School of Medicine (1983-1985). Dr. Olson provided great leadership in the development of MSM’s clinical departments and programs at Grady Memorial Hospital. He last visited MSM in 2008, driving at age 94 from Rockford, Illinois to each of the four medical schools where he had served as dean. (Picture of Olson is in The Morehouse Mystique: Becoming a Doctor at the Nation’s Newest African American Medical School – page 81)
Robert Froehlke (1922-2016) was recruited to the Board of Trustees of MSM in 1983 by trustee Barbara Bush and President Louis Sullivan, when he was the nonexecutive chairman of Equitable Assurance Corporation in New York. He chaired the first national campaign committee for MSM 1983-1985 which exceeded its goal of $15.0 million, raising almost $18.0 million. He served on the board until 1998.
A native of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Bob and his wife moved to Scottsdale, Arizona upon his retirement. (See Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine for a picture of Bob participating in the groundbreaking for the Medical Education Building in 1985, between pages 134-135)
Both of these leaders assisted in a major way in developing the sound academic, administrative, governance and financial foundations for Morehouse School of Medicine, which have served the institution so well – its students, alumni; faculty, administration and trustees.
We extend our gratitude to them and – we send our condolences to their families.
For Immediate Release
Louis W. Sullivan to appear at 22nd Annual Virginia Festival of the Book
Atlanta, Georgia – Former Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services, President Emeritus of Morehouse School of Medicine, and award-winning author of “Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine” Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., will be featured at the 22nd annual Virginia Festival of the Book, produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The Festival, which takes place March 16-20, 2016, is held at venues throughout the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, and attracts a cumulative annual attendance of more than 20,000. Full details on the entire five-day festival are available at VaBook.org.
“Breaking Ground” (with David Chanoff, University of Georgia Press, 2014 now available in paperback) is the winner of an NAACP 2015 Image Award, a finalist for the 2015 Phillis Wheatley Award and is honored by the Georgia Center for the Book 2015 list, “Books All Georgians Should Read.”
Before a live audience, Dr. Sullivan and author Dr. Damon Tweedy will share their life stories and experiences of race in the field of medicine during a special, free program. “Breaking Ground: Reflections on Race and Medicine” will be held Saturday, March 20, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville. Book signings will follow the program.
Hundreds of authors, illustrators, storytellers, and other publishing professionals are participating in the 2016 Festival, including: social justice advocate, Bryan Stevenson; acclaimed authors Sara Gruen, Alan Furst, John Grisham, and Tracy Chevalier; beloved children’s author, Jon Scieszka; NPR correspondent, Tom Gjelten; and some of the best-received authors of 2015, among them Angela Flournoy, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Bill Clegg.
The Virginia Festival of the Book is the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities’ annual, five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), established in 1974, connects people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement. For more information about VFH, visit VirginiaHumanities.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Gayle Converse
ATLANTA, GA – The history and contributions ofFormer Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine, Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. will be among the featured retrospectives at the Atlanta History Center’s new exhibition Atlanta in 50 Objects.
A native Georgian and longtime Atlanta resident, Sullivan grew up in the Jim Crow South during the Great Depression to become founding dean of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) -- the first predominantly black medical school established in the 20th Century – HHS secretary and award-winning author. Sullivan currently chairs the Washington, D.C.-based Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions -- a national non-profit organization with acommunity-focused agenda to diversifyandtransformhealth professions’education and health delivery systems, and is the author of The Morehouse Mystique: Becoming a Doctor at the Nation’s Newest African American Medical School (with Marybeth Gasman, 2012, Johns Hopkins University Press) and his autobiography Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine* (with David Chanoff, 2014, University of Georgia Press).
"Struggles and Strides" February 6, 2016
On Feb. 6, 2016, Sullivan will headline the Atlanta History Center’s "Struggles and Strides" – an annual event that explores the African American experience from the Great Migration to the Civil Rights Movement. He will deliver remarks regarding his life and career beginning at 1:30 p.m. and immediately following, will sign copies of his autobiography.
This program is free to member and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch customers as part of Bank of America’s national Museums on Us program; included in the cost of general admission for nonmembers. For more information or to purchase admission tickets, please visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Family.
Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council.
Event: Dr. Louis W. Sullivan "Struggles and Strides" & book signing
Date: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
Time: 1:30 p.m. event start
Location: Auditorium, Atlanta History Center
Atlanta in 50 Objects Exhibition January 16 - July 10, 2016
Photos from Sullivan’s life and career will be displayed along with interpretive text that backgrounds his importance to the city during the Atlanta in 50 Objects exhibition from January 16 through July 10, 2016. His MSM regalia will become part of the Atlanta History Center’s expansive permanent exhibition. The permanent exhibition, which will interpret the history of Atlanta and convey the stories of individuals and communities who collectively helped create the city we know today, is scheduled to open April 2, 2016.
The current Atlanta in 50 Objects exhibition is filled with additional prized Atlanta-rooted treasures – including Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech manuscript, a 1915 Coca-Cola bottle mold and a touchable plaster cast of Willie B’s handprints.
The objects range from items as small as a scraper tool from the Native American archeological site Standing Peachtree, broadcaster Skip Caray’s Atlanta Braves World Series ring and a Southern Christian Leadership Conference donation envelope with Martin Luther King Jr.’s likeness to objects as large as the Ramblin’ Wreck, an 11-foot-long Chick-fil-A billboard cow and an elaborate model of architect-developer John Portman’s downtown skyscrapers.
Both exhibitions will be located off the History Center’s soaring, glass-fronted 5,300-square-foot Louise Richardson Allen Atrium, which opened in November.
Atlanta in 50 Objects may be viewed as part of the Atlanta History Center’s general admission ticket. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com.
ABOUT THE ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER:
Founded in 1926, the Atlanta History Center is an all-inclusive, thirty-three-acre destination featuring the Atlanta History Museum, one of the nation’s largest history museums; historic houses including the 1928 Swan House and the 1860 Smith Family Farm; the Centennial Olympic Games Museum; the Kenan Research Center; the Grand Overlook event space; and the Goizuetta Gardens, featuring 22 acres of gardens, walkways, paths and trails. In addition, the History Center operates the Margaret Mitchell House located in Midtown Atlanta. For information on Atlanta History Center offerings, hours of operation and admission call 404.814.4000 or visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com.
ABOUT LOUIS W. SULLIVAN, M.D.
Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., former secretary of Health and Human Services (1989-1993), founding dean of Morehouse School of Medicine and now President Emeritus of the School, is currently chairman of the board of the National Health Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, and is chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Sullivan Alliance to Transform America’s Health Professions.
A native of Atlanta, Dr. Sullivan graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College and earned his medical degree, cum laude, from Boston University School of Medicine. His postgraduate training included internship and residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center a clinical fellowship in pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a research fellowship in hematology at the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory of Harvard Medical School, Boston City Hospital. He has served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Boston University School of Medicine.
Dr. Sullivan is the author of The Morehouse Mystique: Becoming a Doctor at the Nation’s Newest African American Medical School (with Marybeth Gasman, 2012, Johns Hopkins University Press) and his autobiography Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine (with David Chanoff, 2014, University of Georgia Press). For additional information, please visit
Another successful year with the 27th Annual Sullivan 5k Run/Walk on Martha's Vineyard!
A great end-of-summer event for the whole family! Racers of all ages run or walk a US Track and Field Association Certified 5K course around the East Chop bluffs, with a spectacular view of Nantucket Sound. For a course map, click here.
Founded in 1989 by Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1989-1993, the race promotes Dr. and Mrs. Sullivan’s belief in the health benefits of daily exercise. This event has raised much needed funds to support the Hospital’s efforts to improve the health of the Island community.
On September 9, 2015, the Academy welcomed Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and founding dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine, for a special Author’s Night. Academy President Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, engaged Dr. Sullivan in a thoughtful Q&A about his acclaimed memoir Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine and his extraordinary life and career.
Dr. Sullivan spoke about his early inspiration to become a doctor after meeting the only black doctor in southern Georgia at age five, and emphasized the role of his parents’ and teachers’ support and encouragement in his success. He shared his positive experiences as the only black student in his class at the Boston University School of Medicine, the first black intern at Cornell-New York Hospital.
See more at: http://www.nyam.org/news/nyam-news/2015-09-11.html
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