175 Makers of History: Thomas E. Bryant

Thomas E. Bryant 58C 62M 63MR
Doctor; Attorney; Mental Health Advocate

Thomas Bryant

Thomas E. Bryant began to make his mark in public policy while still a student, working as a consultant to the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity for the southwestern region, where he later became director of health affairs.

He then joined the Ford Foundation as medical and legal specialist and founded the National Drug Abuse Council, becoming a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1973. He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as co-chair of the President's Commission on Mental Health. He remains a member of the Mental Health Task Force at the Carter Center.