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In Loving Memory of James (Jim) Michael Mendlein (1950-2015) James (Jim) Michael Mendlein, retired epidemiologist at the US Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) and Public Health Service Captain, passed away on September 14, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Jim received his PhD in epidemiology and Masters in Public Health from the University of California Los Angeles, (UCLA). Subsequently he joined CDC in the 1985 Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) class. Jim continued serving for more than 20 years at CDC where he contributed to our understanding of the underlying causes of coronary heart disease. He also worked on other chronic diseases such as diabetes and women's health issues. In recognition of the health inequalities around the world, he decided to devote the rest of his career to training of field epidemiologists and public health practitioners. In 1999, he joined the Division of International Health and the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) at CDC. Since 2001, he helped initiate the China FETP, to which he returned every year for teaching and mentoring of Chinese scientists, often in Chinese. He also worked with FETP curriculum development, teaching and mentoring in other countries (e.g. Egypt, Jordan, and Brazil). Following retirement, Jim divided his time among friends and family in Stockholm, Atlanta and Massillon (Ohio). He also completed consultations with the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET). Honouring his anthropology origins, Jim had a talent to make new friends and to nurture old friendships. He persistently engaged them in passionate (and compassionate) debates about social justice and human rights, and led by example in his attitudes of respect and protection of the environment, thinking about the health of current and future generations. We are so grateful that our paths have crossed with this remarkable person and we will always refer back to his passion and vision for a better world. The international health community misses a driving force for global public health and social change.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 16, 2018
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