Drs. Richard and Janet Southby made a gift of $500,000 to the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University (Milken Institute SPH) earlier this spring. As one of the founders and dean emeritus of the Milken Institute SPH, it is fitting that his legacy will carry forward in the new Milken Institute SPH Building on GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus.
Richard Southby became involved in health policy and public health early in his career, serving as full-time commissioner on the Australian Hospitals and Health Services Commission before joining the GW faculty in 1979. He held numerous faculty and administrative positions, including executive dean and distinguished professor of global health in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Health Affairs at the GW Medical Center and chair of the Department of Health Services Management and Policy.
Janet Southby served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps for 31 years as a colonel and as chief of the Department of Nursing at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She is a member of the GW School of Nursing Dean’s Advisory Council.
The Southbys maintain close ties to Washington, DC, and GW and have committed themselves to public health through their careers, education, and community involvement. The Southbys’ gift will be recognized with the naming of the Southby Conference Room, located in the dean’s suite, on the seventh floor of the new Milken Institute SPH building.
“It is very exciting that the Southby Conference Room is part of the new building for the Milken Institute School of Public Health, where for the first time in our history as a school, the majority of faculty, staff, and students are housed together,” said Richard Southby. “This will ensure the highest levels of interaction and communication among all groups, as well as provide opportunities for involving the broader DC community.”