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GW: Public Health Pioneer Fitzhugh Mullan Dies at Age 77

Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan, a professor at the George Washington University revered for his lifelong commitment to social justice, health equity and health workforce policies, died on Nov. 29. He was 77.

Dr. Mullan was a professor of health policy and management and pediatrics at George Washington University Milken (GW) Institute School of Public Health and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He joined GW in 1996 and co-founded the GW Health Workforce Institute in 2015. In April, the institute was renamed the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity to honor Dr. Mullan’s illustrious career and legacy.

A pediatrician by training, Dr. Mullan’s 50-year career included time as a civil rights worker, National Health Services Corps leader, federal administrator, assistant Surgeon General, senior advisor to Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, a writer, researcher and advocate for social justice.

“Dr. Mullan was a great mentor, colleague and friend to many at the George Washington University and we are devastated by his loss,” said Dr. Lynn Goldman, the Michael and Lori Milken Dean of Milken Institute SPH. “His warm demeanor, passion for his work and willingness to help all brightened our school, and we will miss him dearly.”

Dr. Mullan is survived by his wife, Dr. Irene Dankwa-Mullan, his daughters Meghan and Caitlin, his son Jason, his stepdaughter Perpetua, and four grandchildren.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan will be held at GW on Saturday, Dec. 21. The service will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern in GW’s Lisner Auditorium, with seating beginning at 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow at the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health. If interested in attending the memorial service, please register.

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