The effects of the Haitian earthquake have hit close to home at George School. There are nine staff members with family in Haiti and several GS alumni who are directly involved with providing relief. One alumnus in particular, Scott Dowell ’81, is currently leading the earthquake response by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Scott, a pediatric infectious disease specialist by training, now focuses his work on global public health as director of the Division of Global Disease Detection and Emergency Response at the CDC.
Scott grew up at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, located in the Artibonite Valley of Haiti, learning Creole and French, playing soccer and flying kites, meeting people from all over the world, and learning about service to others. His time as a boarding student at George School was a direct result of his parents working in the hospital in Haiti during his high school years. Scott has maintained his connection to Albert Schweitzer Hospital over the years through volunteer work and public health work in Port-au-Prince.
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We learned of this connection through Heather Stiers-Dorn ’83, who forwarded the following message from Scott’s wife, Robin Dowell.
For those of you who are wanting to help the people of Haiti, please consider making a donation to Albert Schweitzer Hospital, located in the Artibonite Valley of Haiti. Scott currently serves on the executive board of the hospital and shares a long history with his family of working there as well.