This year’s recipient of the Lawrence Gussman Award for Extraordinary Service to The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is Dr. Arthur F. Kohrman because the word “ service” describes his career. In his 57-year professional career, Dr. Kohrman, now Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University, established himself as a widely published physician-scholar who has received a number of honors including a United States Congressional Fellowship and the Bartholeme Award for Ethical Excellence. His academic positions have included first an appointment at Michigan State University where he played a principal role in the development of the College of Human Medicine. Then, in Chicago, he was President and CEO of LaRabida Children’s Hospital and Research Center, Associate Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, and later Acting Director for the Illinois Department of Public Health, for which he continues as consultant.
But he has always made time for service.
Beginning with his years in the US Air Force after completing his residency in 1962, Dr. Kohrman’s service o his country, to the state of Illinois, the City of Chicago, and numerous organizations that work to improve the health and well-being of those in need, has been a defining feature of his life. As a Captain in the Air Force he served at a US Air Force Hospital in France; he volunteered for the Illinois Attorney General’s Child Advocacy Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel and the state’s Health Care Reform Task Force; and was chairman of the Illinois Medicaid Advisory Commission. He has also served, and continues to serve, on numerous advisory councils and boards concerned with health and welfare, homeless adults, incarcerated youth and research ethics.
We at ASF are proud to count ourselves among the organizations that Dr. Kohrman has chosen to serve, as a board member from 2003-2016; as a current member of our Executive Committee since 2004; and as Chair of the Advisory Council for our Chicago Chapter since 2003. We are now especially proud to honor Dr. Kohrman with the 2016 Lawrence Gussman Award for Extraordinary Service to The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship at the SPARK! Gala at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel Nov. 4.
The Lawrence Gussman Award recognizes extraordinary achievement by those working to promote the work of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. It is given in honor of Lawrence Gussman, Chairman Emeritus of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Board of Directors, who first met Dr. Albert Schweitzer on a business trip to Africa in 1956 and toured the Schweitzer Hospital. Gussman went on to volunteer for the Schweitzer Hospital every summer for 30 years and served as Treasurer, Vice President and President of the ASF Board.
The Gala is held in conjunction with our annual SPARK! Leadership Conference, which takes place Nov. 5. Dr. Kohrman will be joined at the Gala by fellow honorees Ralph Fuccillo, president of the Boston-based DentaQuest Foundation, recipient of the 2016 Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism; and Dr. Edward J. Benz, Jr., President and CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, recipient of the 2016 Schweitzer Clarion Award for Health Promotion and Education.