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Eugene J. Gangarosa Papers, 1922-2019

Emory University

Historical Collections

Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library

1462 Clifton Road, NE

Atlanta, GA 30322


Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/v1bqv

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gangarosa, Eugene J.
Title: Eugene J. Gangarosa Papers, 1922-2019
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 028
Extent: 21.05 linear ft. (37 boxes + 7 oversize)
Abstract:This collection contains both personal and professional materials of Dr. Eugene J. Gangarosa from 1922-2019.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply. Folder 6 in Box 1, Folders 6-8 in Box 8, Box 9, and Folder 1 in Box 10 are restricted until further notice.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Given by Dr. Eugene J. Gangarosa, 2018-2019.


[after identification of item(s)], Eugene J. Gangarosa Papers, MSS028, Historical Collections, Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library, Emory University.


Processed by Emily Corbin, 2019.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Eugene Gangarosa was born in Rochester, NY, and after military service in WWII, he received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester. Following graduation from medical school, he obtained a Master of Science degree in Microbiology in the Department of Microbiology. His career has focused on intestinal infections, starting with a landmark 1959 study of the pathophysiology of cholera, which played an important early role in the development of oral rehydration therapy and which first identified what is now recognized as the major health problem called tropical enteropathy. He served at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, where his histological studies of the gut disproved longstanding dogma that the intestinal epithelium sloughs during cholera; the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the Departments of Microbiology and Medicine, where he was Director of the Pakistan Medical Research Center in Lahore, Pakistan; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he was Director of the Epidemic Intelligence Services, Chief of the Enteric Diseases Branch and Deputy Director of the Bacterial Diseases Division, and the American University of Beirut, where he was the first Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, restoring a renowned School of Public Health despite intense disruption during the Lebanese Civil War. He was then appointed Professor of Medicine at Emory University’s School of Medicine, continuing ongoing research with the World Health Organization and the Enteric Diseases Branch at the CDC. As director of the Master of Public Health program in the Emory School of Medicine, he was instrumental in transforming the program into what is now the Rollins School of Public Health.

Along with his family, he founded the Gangarosa International Health Foundation, which focuses on clean water and safe sanitation practices in the developing world. He has received the CDC's highest award for distinguished scientific contributions and the University's highest faculty honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award, for outstanding contributions to institutional development.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the personal and professional papers of Dr. Eugene J. Gangarosa (1922-2018). The collection documents Dr. Gangarosa's career and relationships, beginning with his schooling at Rochester University and continuing through to his position as professor emeritus of international health and his role in the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory. This collection includes Dr. Gangarosa's personal materials such as military records, school records, family materials, autobiography materials, curriculum vitae, Rochester University materials, appointment calendars, and personal materials from Lebanon (1938-2018). This collection also includes Dr. Gangarosa's professional materials such as studies, projects, and consultations (1969-2016). Also included are professional correspondence (1954-2019), personal correspondence (1954-2019), materials from Dr. Gangarosa's time at the American University of Beirut(1973-2013), materials from Dr. Gangarosa's time at the Rollins School of public health (1981-2018), lectures (1975-2006), writing by Dr. Gangarosa (1960-2013), writings by other professionals (1935-2014), photographs and slides (1922-2017), awards (1950-2016), audiovisual materials (1978-2003), and books (1978-2002).

Arrangement Note

Organized into 13 series: (1) Personal material, (2) Professional materials, (3) Professional correspondence, (4) Personal correspondence, (5) American University of Beirut, (6) Rollins School of Public Health, (7) Lectures, (8) Writings by Gangarosa, (9) Writings by others, (10) Photographs and slides, (11) Awards, (12) Audiovisual, (13) Books.

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