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1971 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Howard A. Rusk*


New York University Medical Center

"Work each day toward accomplishing your goals."

Howard Rusk put himself through medical school by working various jobs washing dishes in the laboratory, serving as night orderly in the county hospital, and assisting in a colony for mentally and physically disabled patients. He also gave blood for transfusions every six weeks. After graduation from medical school, Rusk interned at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, where his salary was $25 a month. From there, he practiced internal medicine while teaching half days at Washington University. After many years of this work, he volunteered for service in the Army Air Corps, where he conceived and organized the Army Air Force Convalescent Training Center. He later established the Rehabilitation Services in the Air Force for the casualties returning from combat. The program operated in 215 hospitals and 12 rehabilitation centers. For his valuable service, Rusk was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal as well as the French Legion of Honor and numerous other awards. After his military service, Rusk went on to head the Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University Medical Center.

* Deceased