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I-95n, EXIT 24 to I-90, MASS Turnpike to Worcester, Newton MA
Ok Heads up Road Crew. You are about to cross the Charles River which is famous because a lot of great colleges are located near its banks. If you go east, you would get to Harvard and MIT. If you go west, not far away is the Oldest Catholic College in New England. Founded in 1843, The College of the Holy Cross is located along the banks of the Charles in the factory town of Worcester, Massachusetts.
Holy Cross boasts a lot of famous alumni including Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, basketball Hall of Famer Bob Cousy, Newscaster Chris Matthews, Puerto Rican Newspaper Publisher Loren Ferre Rangel, Maggie Wilderotter CEO of Frontier Communications, Bob Wright Founder of Autism Speaks, and even 1960’s Psychedelics Professor Timothy Leary.
One of the most famous alums is none other than Doctor Anthony Fauci who is head of the National Institute of Health. For his work on AIDS as well as COVID 19, he is likely the most famous doctor in America. And well he should be. He somehow balances his day job, his family, and being the talking head of reason in the Coronavirus Pandemic. Here are five fast facts. Relax; there is no Road Test. So just listen. And marvel. And appreciate...
Fast Fact One: Tony Fauci is a real American Success story. Little Tony Fauci was born to Italian immigrants in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn. His family later moved to Dyker Heights and opened a pharmacy where Fauci’s father, Stephen worked as a pharmacist. His mom, Eugenia, worked the register. The Fauci Family literally lived above the store — in a small apartment.
Young Tony went to Catholic schools in the community before gaining admission to the elite Catholic secondary school, Regis High School in Manhattan. Regis is still one of the best high schools in the country. A member of the Regis Basketball Squad, young Tony made up for his lack of height by being fast. Maybe that is because since the age of 7, he ran around delivering prescriptions to sick patients all around Brooklyn.
Fast Fact Two: Fauci’s maternal grandmother – a seamstress – was from Naples. Fauci’s maternal grandfather was born in Switzerland’s Italian sector. He was an artist who also painted graphic designs for various brands, including olive oil cans.
Fast Fact Three: Growing up Catholic, in 1962 young Tony graduated with a bachelors degree in Classics from the nearby College of the Holy Cross. Holy Cross is a private Jesuit liberal arts college heavily subsidized by the Catholic Church. Switching majors, Fauci then went to Cornell University Medical College where he graduated number one in his class. He completed his residency at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical School then joined the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, as a clinical associate in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
Before the era of AIDS, he focused on treating patients with autoimmune diseases. But he also had interests beyond the laboratory. Using his classics training, Fauci is pithy, politically savvy, and tends to speak in sound bytes that gain attention from political leaders. As the emerging face of the institution, Fauci helped to increase funding for the organization from his DC overlords.
He even worked directly with the first President George W. Bush to create the so-called “President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS”. The President’s Plan — yeah right! — addressed the HIV-AIDS pandemic in Africa. Fast forward a few years. The second George Bush gave Dr Fauci a medal of Freedom, the highness civilian honor — kinda like a Medal of Honor for Military heroes. Thanks to his work and access to power, it is estimated that several million lives were saved throughout the world.
Fast Fact Four Dr. Fauci is the the author, co-author, or editor of over 1,000 scientific textbooks and publications.
Fast Fact Five: In 1985, Dr. Fauci met nurse Christine. Tony and Christine Grady were both treating the same patient. Tony must have a good bedside manner because they soon married. No slouch, Christine is herself the Head of the Department of Bioethics at the NIH. Together, they have three daughters: Jennifer, Megan and Alison.
Sadly before Christmas 2020, Dr Fauci announced he would NOT spend Christmas with his kids, a first, since the family was practicing social distancing.
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