Donald J. Krogstad '65


Citation for Donald J. Krogstad, 2015 Common Good Award recipient.

"Donald J. Krogstad of the Class of 1965, you have devoted your career as a physician and researcher to finding ways to contain and fight malaria, one of the greatest threats to the health of people in the developing world in the modern era. As a student at Bowdoin, you began your lifelong commitment to serving others; then-President LeRoy Greason cited you as the person most responsible for establishing the Big Brother program at the College, a program that is still active today. After graduating from Bowdoin magna cum laude, with highest honors in biology and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, you earned your M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

From there you went to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where you worked on parasitic diseases, and in 1973 you joined the Peace Corps as a volunteer physician in Lilongwe, Malawi. After your time in the Peace Corps, you joined the faculty of the Washington University School of Medicine, and in 1992 you took a position with the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine as chair of tropical medicine.

In short order, you were invested as the William Henderson Professor of Tropical Medicine, and in 1998 you were named Director of the Center for Infectious Diseases.

Since your days as a student in medical school, you have been passionate about combating the scourge of malaria in Africa and other parts of the developing world, using your considerable talents to help develop a critical anti-malarial drug, AQ-13, and championing other advances in treatment. You have worked around the world to help control the spread of malaria, and in 2009 you were awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to spend a year in Mali, conducting studies of the drug you developed and training researchers and public health investigators at the University of Bamako.

For your long and ardent commitment to bettering the public health of people in the developing world, as well as your significant contributions to the treatment of malaria and the myriad lives saved and improved by your work, we are proud to recognize you for your service to the Common Good. We join your family, classmates, friends, and all the many people you have touched and served in honoring you. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we present to you the 2015 Common Good Award."

May 30, 2015