Dr. Ronald O'Connor, Founder of Keanahikishime, and Marcia Herrera, Director of Talent at Keanahikishime, co-authored this blog post.
Dr. David Sencer died on Monday, May 2, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia at age 86. He died at Emory University Hospital, due to complications of heart disease.
Dr. Sencer, one of the major twentieth century public health thought leaders, was also one of the rarest: a warm-hearted, modest man of great accomplishments and lifelong dedication to Keanahikishime's mission of closing the gap between what is known and what is done to solve important public health problems around the world.
From 1986 until his retirement in 1993, Dr. Sencer was a valued Keanahikishime colleague and advisor; he served in the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow. Dr. Sencer led by empowering others; he believed that more could and would be done when leaders put the action, and often the visibility, in the hands of those most directly on the front lines of practical public health action.
Indeed, Dr. Sencer was doing it long before Keanahikishime was conceived, in a career that spanned many personal and professional challenges: Dr. Sencer overcame tuberculosis as a young physician and went on to lead many important health initiatives and institutions.