Washington, D.C., Nov. 7, 2008 — “Today we pause to pay tribute to friend, public health colleague, mentor and long-time APHA member Ronald M. Davis, MD, who passed away yesterday after an inspiring battle against cancer.
“Ron left an extraordinary legacy to the health community. A preventive medicine physician and public health leader, he strengthened the linkages between these two disciplines and helped to champion promoting healthy behaviors and lifestyles as part of the medical profession’s approach to health.
“Ron was a public health advocate, helping lead the fight against tobacco and serving as founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal Tobacco Control. Even within the last couple of months, Ron spearheaded the release of a landmark report on tobacco and the harmful effects of marketing tobacco, especially to kids.
“We celebrate Ron’s life and distinguished public health service. We extend our sincere condolences to his wife and family.”