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Spencer, president of ASPPH, educator.

Harrison Spencer, MD, MPH, DTM&H, CPH, president and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, was killed Aug. 10 in Washington, D.C. He was 71.

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A longtime public health educator and leader, Spencer had served as head of ASPPH since 2000. He was co-founder of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative, a group that brings together national associations of health profession schools, and served as the chair of its Board of Directors.

Prior to his work at ASPPH, Spencer served as dean of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and dean of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Earlier in his career, he served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working in medical officer positions around the world, and as chief of CDC's Division of Parasitic Diseases Branch.

Spencer was an APHA member and a fellow of the U.K. Academy of Medical Sciences, Institute of Medicine, American College of Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine. He was a graduate of Haverford College, Johns Hopkins University, University of California-Berkeley and the University of London.

Spencer was an advocate for public health workers and education, telling APHA's Public Health Newswire in 2012 that the field "is even more necessary now for our nation and for our world" because of its core focus on social justice and health equity.

"Public health professionals at every level and in so many different careers have the capacity to change our society for the better," Spencer told Public Health Newswire.

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