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Memoir

June E. Osborn
Regents' Proceedings 145

June E. Osborn, M.D., professor of epidemiology in the School of Public
Health and professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases in the
Medical School, retired from active faculty status on September 30, 1996.

Dr. Osborn received her A.B. degree from Oberlin College in 1957 and her
M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1961. She trained as
a pediatric resident at Boston Children's and Massachusetts General
Hospitals from 1961-64 and from 1964-66 was a postdoctoral fellow in
virology and infectious diseases at The Johns Hopkins University and the
University of Pittsburgh. From 1966-84, she served on the faculty of the
University of Wisconsin Medical School. She joined the University of
Michigan faculty in 1984 as dean and professor of epidemiology in the
School of Public Health and professor of pediatrics and communicable
diseases in the Medical School. She served as dean until 1993.

Dr. Osborn's leadership of the School of Public Health was marked by a
period of overall growth and by progress in improving the school's diversity
through the recruitment of more women and minorities into the student body
and faculty. Dr. Osborn initiated a post-doctoral program for minority
scholars to prepare them for success in faculty positions and enhanced
academic outreach through establishment of the nonresidential "On Job/On
Campus" program.

Dr. Osborn has achieved international prominence for her activities during
the AIDS epidemic. She served as chair of the U.S. National Commission on
AIDS (1989-93) and served on the Global Commission on AIDS of the
World Health Organization. She also has been an advisor in the areas of
virology, infectious diseases and vaccines, health care, public health, and
public policy for a number of government agencies. She chaired the National
Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's AIDS
Health Services Project and served on the Public Advisory Board for the
Pew/Rockefeller Health of the Public Program and the board of trustees of
the Kaiser Family Foundation. Dr. Osborn has received numerous honors
and holds honorary degrees from several universities. In 1986, she was
elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine.

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member by naming June
E. Osborn professor emerita of epidemiology and professor emerita of
pediatrics and communicable diseases.