Earl Porter (1956)
Dear Mr. Porter: My name is Yuki Shiroishi, a Japanese citizen,I used to work for the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and some other international organizations, and have supported international public health for almost 35 years, and now fully retired. From 1984 to 1987, Paul and I closely worked in Nigeria for 3 years on Expanded Program on Immunization, i.e., a global public health program to improve the coverage of child immunization in developing countries. He was seconded by CDC Atlanta to support UNICEF because of his technical expertise and his extensive experience. Paul was such a nice and frank gentleman, being full of energies and compassion with strong professionalism, good insight, practical mind, and big and good heart. He always gave me a lot of courage when I was struggling very hard to manage a very tough national pilot project as project manager in a very rural, remote town in the middle of a hot, humid tropical forest in Nigeria. I was just 30 years old that time. It was such an excellent work experience in my life. We always got along very well and we talked a lot about life and work. We met again later in 1989 during a conference in India when I later moved to UNICEF in Nepal and he also moved to Bangladesh for UNICEF to continue working on EPI. However, after that, unfortunately I lost his contact information and later I heard that he retired from CDC. Since then, I sometimes tried to find his contact information but not possible. Now I regret that I really should have asked CDC HQ in Atlanta. Very sadly, from your site after my google search, I just now came to know that he passed away in 2016 just 1.5 years ago. Such a great pity. I really wanted to meet him face to face or at least write to him to know how he has been, and i wanted to thank him for all his excellent work and support. I really wish I could. I missed the opportunity. He was such a great, dynamic, and practical professional who really made a great contribution to global public health. I sincerely wish him resting in peace. Thank you so much, Paul. We always remember you and your great smiles and the wonderful job you accomplished. From Yuki and all your former colleagues who worked with you on EPI in Nigeria.
Ron Parker (1958)
Wow, what a guy! I'm sure there are a few more
stories out there about life accomplishments of Sigma and