The Life & Legacy of Dr. Bill Jenkins (1945-2019)

The Biostatistics Department celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Bill Jenkins, an epidemiologist whose career was strongly influenced by the exposure of the unethical Tuskegee syphilis study in the 1960s. Bill completed postdoctoral work in Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 1986-87, and he was a strong proponent of efforts to support diversity within the department. This included serving for many years on the external advisory board for the Summer Program in Biostatistics & Computational Biology and attending the annual symposium and board meeting every summer. Bill also delivered the Yerby Diversity Lecture in Public Health at the School in 2007. To learn more about Bill and his lifelong contributions to fighting racism in healthcare and supporting the needs of underserved populations, please see his obituary published in the New York Times.