Honoring a Trailblazer

    • February 8, 2009

Harold Amos, trailblazing scientist, educator and mentor, opened doors at Harvard Medical School and assisted in laying the foundation of one of RWJF's leading pipeline programs, which bears his name. Since 1983, the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program has steadily increased the number of individuals from historically underrepresented groups who achieve senior-level rank in academic medicine,

Amos was the first African-American chair of a department at Harvard Medical School, now the Department of Microbiology and Medical Genetics. He became enchanted with microbiology and immunology at a young age and excelled in the pursuit of his passion. He graduated first in his class from Camden High School in New Jersey, and Summa Cum Laude from Springfield College in Massachusetts, with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry.

Teaching and mentoring were among Amos' greatest joys. It has been said that he was always accessible and quick to offer words of praise, encouragement, advice, and support to students.  RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey studied under Amos while attending Harvard Medical School. Many of his mentees hold important positions today in the fields of health and health care.

RWJF is honored to pay tribute to Harold Amos, Ph.D., a brilliant pioneer and generous mentor.