It would be difficult
to find a better advertisement for Holy Cross than the man
pictured on the cover of this issue of HCM. Anthony
S. Fauci, M.D., 62, the director of the National Institute
of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is a model of compassion,
dedication, honesty and intellectual rigor. As youll
read in these pages, Fauci came into the public eye amid
a firestorm of controversy, confusion and fear. And he weathered
that storm to become a trusted and respected leaderthe
voice of reason on issues of public health from AIDS to bio-terrorism.
Fauci is quick to attribute his success to othersprimarily
his parents, and also his teachers, the Jesuits, who rounded
him in the sciences and the humanities; who instilled a passion
for intellectual curiosity and a thirst for spiritual meaning;
who cherished the individual and inculcated his deep sense
of service and social responsibility.
Observers have suggested that Fauci does the work of three
men, and his marathon workdays have become the stuff of Washington
legend. If he is obsessed, it is the obsession of the singularly
gifted, and it expresses itself in an overarching principle
that governs all aspects of his life: Excellence.
It is this relentless pursuit of excellence that has earned
Fauci the respect and admiration of an unlikely triumvirate
of government officials, AIDS activists and his fellow scientists.
And it has prompted colleagues to agree with the assessment
of former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala,
when she said, Tony Fauci is one of the great scientists
of this world.
Fauci is more modest in regard to his talents and accomplishments.
Speaking about his fame last year to Government Executive
Magazine, he said, Im always saying to myself, Sic
transit gloria mundi. I know that this is transient.
The real substance is going into the patients room
and figuring out whats wrong, and how you can move
some projects to not only make them better, but make a lot
of other people better
Thats the thing thats
A man of excellence and a man for others. Holy Cross
Magazine is proud to introduce our readers to Dr. Tony