Jacob Brody

photoJacob A. Brody, M.D., a world-traveled epidemiologist, public health researcher, professor and administrator, made his final journey home from his residence in Miami to safe haven in Chicago on April 15. He died on April 22 in the compassionate care of Horizon Hospice of Rush University Medical Center. There he was surrounded by his family, friends and colleagues from the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he served as Dean from 1985-1992 and retired as Professor of Epidemiology in 2005. Dr. Brody's career was varied and remarkably productive, beginning at the Centers for Disease Control's Epidemic Intelligence Service in 1957 where he embraced the opportunity to engage in medical research, travel the world, and learn languages during assignments in Bangladesh for small pox epidemics, tropical diseases in Panama and elsewhere in Mexico and South America, measles in Alaska, and a year spent in Russia as an exchange scientist. He held a number of positions at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland in neurology, where he headed a research station on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on Guam, worked on effects of radiation of survivors of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan, and started epidemiology programs that had global reach in alcoholism research and in the field of aging, the research focus in the latter part of his career. He authored more than 250 scientific publications and in 2002 was recognized a being in the top 0.5% of the most frequently cited authors in the field. Honors included his service as the President of the American Epidemiology Society (1980), the Distinguished Service Medal of the U.S. Public Health Service (1981), and the Lilienfeld Award for outstanding contributions, leadership, and research in epidemiology Dr. Brody was born in Brooklyn, New York, the second son of Dr. Simon and Rosella Brody, and graduated from Poly Prep and Williams College where he excelled academically, but was perhaps most proud of his standing records in track. He remained a track and field enthusiast throughout his life, although scuba diving was his major athletic passion as an adult, along with photography, poetry, audio books on anything and everything, and an interest in foreign affairs. He graduated from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. He was an anchor and inspiration to many, included his devoted family. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ann Thomas Brody, son Thomas (Amy Huseth) Brody, Eva (Scott) Fujino, and five grandchildren. Donations can be made to Horizon Hospice at http://www.horizonhospice.org/ or the UIC School of Public Health via the UIC School of Public Health website at http://www.cade.uic.edu/sphapps/supportsph/supportsph.htm. Under the Dean's Fund for Excellence, in the Special Instructions field, you can indicate the gift is "in memory of Jacob Brody" or send checks payable to UIC School of Public Health with a note "In memory of Jacob Brody" at Office of Advancement, UIC School of Public Health, 1603 W Taylor St (MC923) Chicago, IL 60613.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Apr. 25 to Apr. 28, 2014