Melvyn Thorne


A graduate of Harvard Medical School and the first Peace Corps doctor in Morocco, Mel was not only an inspiration to his co-workers at JSI, but also to workers in the public health field across the globe. From 1972 until his death, Mel was a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. He taught classes that focused on health management systems, family planning programs in developing countries, international health population dynamics, and health services. From 1981 to 1984, Mel took a break from teaching to serve as JSI’s chief of party for the JSI/Nepal project. His five-person technical assistance team worked with the Nepal Ministry of Health to improve family planning, maternal health care, logistics for essential drugs, malaria control, and immunization. Mel leaves his wife, Dottie, their two children, James and Mary, and countless friends and colleagues.