Sir Elton John received HAI’s Leadership Award on October 15th. The award is presented to individuals who have exhibited extraordinary vision, leadership, and courage in the worldwide struggle against AIDS. Past recipients include tennis star Arthur Ashe, Diana, Princess of Wales, President Festus Mogae of Botswana, and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria.
Though most of their work is done quietly behind the scenes, Deeda Blair and Maurice Tempelsman have contributed immensely to the growth and success of the Harvard AIDS Initiative (HAI). To publicly recognize their work, Julio Frenk, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), presented them both with the Eighth Annual Volunteer Leadership Award at a ceremony on October 20th.
By Martha Henry Maybe it all started with Deeda Blair, an early (and constant) supporter of the Harvard AIDS Institute. She introduced Max Essex, Chair of HAI, to Maurice Tempelsman in the 1980s.