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CDC library renamed to honor Dr. Stephen B. Thacker

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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: Friday, July 9, 2014
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286


The CDC Public Health Library and Information Center will be renamed the Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library. The official dedication program will include the opening of the Stephen B. Thacker Legacy Exhibit in the Library and the unveiling of a memorial bust plaque.


Friday, July 11, 2014 from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET
CDC Headquarters, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333


Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, Director
Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, Former CDC Director
Chloe Tonney, Senior Vice President for External Affairs, CDC Foundation


Dr. Thacker’s long and distinguished 37-year career at CDC began as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer (Disease Detective) assigned to the Washington, D.C., Department of Health in 1976. On his first day, he was sent out on an investigation to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which turned out to be the first recognized Legionnaire’s epidemic. From that historic moment until his death on February 15, 2013, Dr. Thacker’s career embodied the best of CDC’s commitment to science and to public health service.

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