As a combat medic in Vietnam, Jan Abshire, MPH ‘89, fell in love with health care. After being discharged, he became a respiratory therapist, married and started a family in his native Oklahoma.
When Naya Kehayes, M.P.H. ’93, learned she had been accepted by the Yale School of Public Health, she was recovering from reconstructive surgery for a connective tissue problem.
“Public health is near and dear to my heart,” said Sterling Brinkley Jr., ’74 BA, who funded a new scholarship for M.P.H. students at the School of Public Health as a tribute to his father.
Dr. William Prusoff’s work at Yale University dated back to the Eisenhower administration. During his distinguished career, he synthesized the first antiviral compound approved by the FDA for use in humans and developed a breakthrough drug that slowed the advance of HIV.
When Viola Spinelli ’65 MPH graduated from the Yale School of Public Health in 1965, it was the start of a decades-long career in health care capped by a term as senior vice president of Bridgeport Hospital.
Eduardo Braniff ’93 BA did not attend the Yale School of Public Health and does not work in a health-related field. But the Yale College graduate is aware of ongoing public health issues in his native Mexico and is convinced that current research by Yale faculty and students has the potential to make a difference.
Dean Paul Cleary knows well the tremendous potential of the cancer research underway at the Yale School of Public Health, in addition to the terrible toll that cancer continues to take.
When Robert Steele ’71 MPH, ’75 Ph.D. graduated from the Yale School of Public Health more than thirty years ago, a combination of federal and Yale-based student aid allowed him to receive his diploma debt free.
When Tina L. Brozman was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2005, she wished that an early detection system could be developed so that other women might be spared what she went through.
George L. LeBouvier was known for reaching out to others, mentoring students, and helping them feel like they belonged. The senior research associate in epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health has since passed away, but his memory will live on in the form of a scholarship established by a medical doctor who remains grateful for the guidance and friendship LeBouvier offered him decades ago.
As a student in the late 1960s, Richard Skolnik '72 BA traveled to a small village in the Philippines to teach science and biology. The year–long internship left a lasting impression upon Skolnik, who returned to earn his bachelor’s in 1972.
John Mayer, ’73 BA, studied the humanities as an undergraduate, went on to obtain a law degree, and spent most of his career in electronics manufacturing. He recently donated funds that will be used to create the John G Mayer and Teresa Shyu Scholarship Fund at the Yale School of Public Health.
H. Husnu Okvuran '94 BA attributes his decision to donate to the Yale School of Public Health in part to a recent meeting he had in Dubai with a senior member of the school’s faculty.