Jacob A. Brody, M.D., a world-traveled epidemiologist, public health researcher, professor and administrator, made his final journey home from his residence in Miami to safe haven in Chicago on April 15. He died on April 22, 2014 in the compassionate care of Horizon Hospice of Rush University Medical Center. He was surrounded by his family, friends and colleagues from the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois Chicago where he served as dean from 1985-1992 and retired as professor of epidemiology in 2005. 

The Brodys lived in River Forest from 1985 to 2005. Their son and daughter graduated from OPRF High School, and Ann Brody had a clinical social work practice in River Forest during that time. 

Jacob Brody was born in Brooklyn, New York, the second son of Dr. Simon and Rosella Brody, and he graduated from Poly Prep and Williams College where he excelled academically, but was perhaps most proud of his standing records in track. He remained a track and field enthusiast throughout his life, although scuba diving was his major athletic passion as an adult, along with photography, poetry, audio books on anything and everything, and an interest in foreign affairs. 

He graduated from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, and his career was varied and remarkably productive, beginning at the Centers for Disease Control’s Epidemic Intelligence Service in 1957, where he embraced the opportunity to engage in medical research, travel the world, and learn languages during assignments in Bangladesh for smallpox epidemics, tropical diseases in Panama and elsewhere in Mexico and South America, measles in Alaska, and a year spent in Russia as an exchange scientist. 

He held a number of positions at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, in neurology, where he headed a research station on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on Guam, worked on the effects of radiation on survivors of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan, and started epidemiology programs that had global reach in alcoholism research and in the field of aging, which was his research focus in the latter part of his career. 

He authored more than 250 scientific publications and in 2002 was recognized as being in the top 0.5% of the most frequently cited authors in the field. Honors included his service as president of the American Epidemiology Society (1980), the Distinguished Service Medal of the U.S. Public Health Service (1981), and the Lilienfeld Award for outstanding contributions, leadership, and research in epidemiology. 

Dr. Brody is survived by Ann Thomas Brody, his wife of 45 years; his children Thomas (Amy Huseth) Brody and Eva (Scott) Fujino; and five grandchildren. Donations may be made to Horizon Hospice, https://horizonhospice9407.thankyou4caring.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=298 Choose Memorials as your designation, then Rush Inpatient Unit as the program we are specifically supporting, and under additional comments, you may wish to add “in memory of Jacob Brody.” Or to the UIC School of Public Health at the University of Illinois via the website at http://www.cade.uic.edu/sphapps/supportsph/supportsph.htm. Under the Dean’s Fund for Excellence, in the Special Instructions field, you can indicate the gift is “in memory of Jacob Brody.” Or send checks payable to UIC School of Public Health with a note “In memory of Jacob Brody” at Office of Advancement, UIC School of Public Health, 1603 W. Taylor St (MC923) Chicago, IL 60613. 

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