At a ceremony honoring Laurie Garrett as one of her alma mater’s Forty Great Alumni of the University of California in Santa Cruz a former professor said, “I never thought she would amount to much because she was into and interested in everything.” While studying undergraduate biology, Garrett marched against the Vietnam War, worked for the United Farmworkers’ Union and ran a theater group. While working on a PhD in immunology at UC Berkeley and Stanford, Garrett also worked as a science reporter at a local radio station. The trend, finding interest in everything and defying narrow silos of thinking and activity, continues today. You decide what label to apply to Laurie Garrett: Writer? Journalist? Global health policy analyst? New Yorker?

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