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David Rall ’46

Zoology major

David Rall, Ph.D., has been hailed as the intellectual and ethical founder of modern environmental medicine. His discoveries continue to influence health policy and environmental regulation today.

As a young researcher at the National Cancer Institute, Rall identified ways to prevent leukemia from spreading to the brain. He went on to serve for 19 years as director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. There he campaigned to strengthen laws protecting water from chemical toxins, released studies linking asbestos to lung damage and oversaw research connecting lead exposure to children’s development.

Rall received the Outstanding Alumni Award from North Central College in 1974.