Remembering U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps RADM Jerrold M. Michael
The University of Maryland School of Public Health joins with our faculty, staff, students and all those touched by the service and leadership of U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Rear Admiral (RADM) Jerrold M. Michael in mourning at the news of his passing.
RADM Jerrold Michael was a distinguished advocate for improved public health education. Among his many accomplishments, RADM Michael served as president of the U.S. Association of Schools of Public Health; founding member of the 35-nation, Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health; chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Kuakini Health System in Honolulu and the Hawaii Health Coordinating Council; member of the Hawaii State Board of Health; vice president of the World Federation of Associations of Academic Public Health; life member of the American Public Health Association; a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, the American Academy of Sanitarians, and the American Academy of Health Administration; a member of the public health honor society, Delta Omega; a life member of the Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS; and the founding president of the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health.
During School of Public Health Dean Boris Lushniak’s 27 years of service within the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) RADM Michael served as a valuable leader and mentor.
Dean Lushniak remembers RADM Michael’s contributions to the University of Maryland School of Public Health in the following statement:
RADM Michael was an instrumental mentor and partner during the early stages of the UMD School of Public Health's formation. It was through his guidance and during his role as the founding President of the Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health (COF) that our School established its first formal Memorandum of Understanding with an outside organization to address common goals. As part of this partnership, and given his passion for public health and global health, he was instrumental in launching our Global Health Program. Through the COF, he established a scholarship for Commissioned Officers to be funded to participate in our Global Health Certificate program - one of our earliest certificate programs in the school. He collaborated with our school faculty, working with Professor Robert Gold, our founding dean, as we collectively sought support to address HIV education and work with the Chinese Health Education Association and with nursing schools. Together with Bob Gold, he traveled to China to establish partnerships. We had several students in the early years write papers under his tutelage. In many ways, he was an early advocate for what has emerged as our Global Health Initiative. His personal interest always was on building and using health diplomacy, and he believed that through such diplomacy we could better achieve the needs of all populations and ultimately peace.
USPHS Commander Jill Hammond, a 2009 RADM Jerrold M. Michael Fellow with the UMD School of Public Health, reflects on RADM Michael’s influence:
I cherished RADM Michael from our very first conversation, as there are few people you meet that make you cling to every word they utter, because you know their wisdom will richly inspire you in ways you can never imagine. RADM Michael was an awesome treasure to so many of us in the USPHS Commissioned Corps and particularly the Engineer Professional Category. He was selfless and generous of his time, reviewing drafts of our papers as UMD School of Public Health Global Health Fellows, coming to support our annual Engineer Awards breakfast and offering sagely advice on leadership and service to thousands.
As we remember RADM Michael’s service and contributions to the field of public health, the University of Maryland School of Public Health extends our condolences to the Michael family.
As Applied Environmental Health Clinical Professor in Global Health Dr. Haider says, "We have lost a friend, philosopher, and guide."
Pictured, left to right: Then USPHS Rear Admiral (RADM) Dushanka V. Kleinmen; USPHS RADM Jerrold M. Michael; Brian McSheffrey from the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation; Commander (CDR) Quynh Nhu Nguyen, 1st cohort of Jerrold M. Michael Global Health (JMM) Fellows; CDR Allen Magtibay, 2nd cohort of JMM Fellows; USPHS Captain (CAPT) Jill Hammond, 1st cohort of JMM Fellows; and USPHS CAPT Bruce R. Chelikowsky during a celebration of the first JMM Global Health Fellow graduates at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in October 2010.
Pictured, left to right: Then USPHS Rear Admiral, Upper Half Boris Lushniak; USPHS Rear Admiral (RADM) Jerrod Michael; Commander Varsha B. Savalia; and RADM Sven Rodenbeck during a presentation of the RADM Jerrold M. Michael Award to Commander Savalia in February 2013.