175 Makers of History: James Turpin

James Turpin 49C 51T 55M
Founder, Project Concern International

James Turpin

In 1961, James Turpin, a young doctor from San Diego volunteering at a Tijuana clinic, saved the lives of two small children who were dying of pneumonia. The experience led Turpin to found Project Concern International (PCI) and forever change the lives of millions of children and families around the world.

From setting up volunteer-run health clinics in the developing world to establishing PCI's "Walks for Mankind" across North America, Turpin and his organization have helped millions of people live healthier, more sustainable, and more hopeful lives.