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I moved to Bisbee, AZ in 1996 to explore the gospel of life itself.


A native Texan, I studied government and politics at the undergraduate level at the University of Texas at Austin and graduate school at The Johns Hopkins University. I served as a professor of health policy at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1972-1990 and also at the State University of New York at Albany from 1988 to 1998. I also served as a visiting professor at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 1984-85.

I was a special assistant to the director of prevention of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in Washington from 1980-198. I also served as deputy commissioner for policy and planning of the New York State Department of Health from 1988 to 1992 and my division's responsibilities included rural health. I have written a number of articles and several books on the democratic ethics and politics of public health.

I was elected mayor of Bisbee in 2000 and finished my second term in December of 2004. Our major accomplishment was securing $34 million in funding to overhaul our collapsing wastewater system.

In October of 2005, we decided to move back to North Carolina, to Durham, but after three years have returned to Bisbee, for good.


movies, reading, writing, walking, talking, meeting, and all other aspects of life itself. Oh, and I've started teaching at the U. of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, one course at a time. Can't shut up.