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Former WHO Official Dies at 89

July 12, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Abraham Horwitz, director of the Pan American Health Organization for almost 20 years, died of pneumonia Monday at his Washington home. He was 89.

Dr. Horwitz, a native of Chile, headed the PAHO from 1958 to 1975, which made him the World Health Organization’s top official in the Western hemisphere. He served for four terms, and left as a director emeritus.

Since 1975, he had headed the Pan American Health and Education Foundation, helping to provide medical instruments and textbooks to Latin American medical students.

He graduated in 1936 from the University of Chile medical school and received a graduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1944. While in Chile, he worked on the eradication of smallpox and became the director of the University of Chile’s public health school.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Cecilia de Medici Horwitz, and five stepchildren.

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