In Memoriam

Remembering a hero

Hello editor,

In the 1970s many Peace Corps people, including myself, served with the World Health Organization’s Smallpox Eradication Programme in Ethiopia. This man, this doctor, this humble giant, recruited us. And we worked hard and long for him and for the success of the programme, which it was.

Dr. Ciro de Quadros (center), working on smallpox eradication efforts, in southern Ethi­o­pia in 1971. At the left, PCV Marc Strassburg (Jimma 70–72) [photo: Sabin Vaccine Institute]

Dr. Ciro de Quadros (center), working on smallpox eradication efforts, in southern Ethi­o­pia in 1971. At the left, PCV Marc Strassburg (Jimma 70–72) [photo: Sabin Vaccine Institute]

The man is Ciro De Quadros. Ciro died on May 28th, 2014. Many, many RPCVs know and love this man, so I am asking you to consider posting his obituary in the next edition of the Herald.  Volunteers should know a legend has passed. His obituary, “Doctor helped lead eradication of smallpox, measles, polio” can be found at at the Washington Post website.

You will do many of us a great service.

Thank you,
Michael Santarelli (Ethiopia 1970-73)
Smallpox Eradication Programme: Ethiopia 1972-73, Bangladesh 1975-76, Somalia 1976-77

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One response to “In Memoriam

  1. First I wish to thank Michael Santarelli very much for posting this “In Memoriam” of Dr. Ciro de Quadros. Marc Strassburg (PCV Ethiopia 1970-1972) and I got to know and work with Dr. de Quadros at the beginning of the Smallpox Eradication Program (SEP). Dr. Quadros was a mentor and a hero to all of us both PCVs and Ethiopians that worked on the SEP.
    Vince Radke (Ethiopia, 1970-74)
    SEP – Bangladesh (1976)
    Kenya (1977-78)

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