"Dr. Curran is a towering figure in international and public health, with interest and expertise in one of the major health problems affecting the world today," said Charles R. Hatcher Jr., vice president for health affairs at Emory and director of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center. "He built a truly remarkable organization at the CDC, establishing a team that produced cutting-edge research in AIDS during a time of intense change. He epitomizes many of public health's most noble and promising aspects, and we believe he will be a strong leader who can take the young Rollins School of Public Health to its next stage of development and excellence."
Curran received his M.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1970 and immediately joined the CDC as a clinical research investigator in the Venereal Disease Branch. He left the CDC to pursue his master of public health degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health, where he was a resident in general preventive medicine and a fellow at the Harvard Center for Community Health and Medical Care. He received his MPH degree in 1974.
Curran then rejoined the CDC, and from 1975 to 1978 he was based in Columbus, Ohio, where he also served as assistant commissioner of health in the Columbus City Health Department. He was an assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Department of Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.
In 1978, Curran was named chief of the Research Branch of the Venereal Disease Control Division at the CDC. As the nature and scope of the AIDS epidemic became known, he played an increasingly visible role as chief of the AIDS Branch (1984), director of the AIDS Division (1985), and director of the Division of HIV/AIDS (1989). At the time of his Emory appointment, he was also assistant surgeon general in the U.S. Public Health Service and acting director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the CDC.
For the past ten years he has served as director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for AIDS and Retroviruses. He is an adviser to the Combined United Nations Programe on AIDS, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the World AIDS Foundation, and an adviser to the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the American Epidemiologic Society, the Executive Council of the Infectious Disease Society, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Moye previously has been senior legislative representative of the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments and a sales representative for Evergreen International, the world's largest container-steamship corporation.
An alumnus of Davidson College, MacMillan graduated from the School of Law in 1934 and began his career at the height of the Great Depression. In 1937, he joined the legal department of The Coca-Cola Company, and after service in World War II, he went to work for Coca-Cola Export, based in New York. He was responsible for introducing Coca-Cola bottling operations to Japan, India, and other Asian countries. When Coca-Cola Export moved to Atlanta in 1972, MacMillan returned to his hometown.
MacMillan's gift of $2.3 million enabled the law school to launch a $12 million
construction and renovation project that roughly doubled the school's library
--compiled by Andrew W. M. Beierle
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