September 03, 2010

Inamori Ethics Prize Recipient Delivers Keynote Address, Discusses Importance of Access to Medical Care

Stan Brock with his Inamori Ethics Prize medal.

On Wednesday, before a crowd of university and community members, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence awarded its annual prize to Stan Brock, the founder of Remote Area Medical (RAM), a program that sponsors free medical clinics.

Brock, also known for his work on the Wild Kingdom television program, gave the event’s keynote address and said he plans to donate the prize money to RAM.

Brock’s initial idea for RAM came while he was living in the Central Amazon Basin with the Wapishana Indians, where medical care was 26 days away on foot. He survived a variety of illnesses and a near-fatal horse-riding accident without a doctor’s care. Years later, Brock said Wednesday in his address, he had breakfast with the sixth man to walk on the moon, astronaut Ed Mitchell.   

“I told him the story of being 26 days away on foot to the nearest doctor. He said, ‘Gosh, I was on the moon and I was only three days from a doctor.’ ”

The Inamori Ethics Prize, named for Kazuo Inamori, the founder of Kyocera Corp., honors outstanding international ethical leaders who have used their influence and actions to greatly improve the condition of humankind.

"Stan Brock, throughout your career you have consistently emphasized the importance of ethical leadership in the areas of conservation and health care," said Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack, who presented Brock with the medal.

Learn more about the Inamori Center and watch a video of Stan Brock’s address.

Posted by: David Wilson, September 3, 2010 10:41 AM | News Topics:

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