Advocate, Leader at Hospital in Haiti to Retire from Board

By Carpenter, Mackenzie | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), August 14, 2014 | Go to article overview

Advocate, Leader at Hospital in Haiti to Retire from Board


Carpenter, Mackenzie, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


For decades, Ian Rawson and his wife Lucy worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Haiti - he at the Hopital Albert Schweitzer, which was founded by his stepfather William Larimer Mellon in 1956, she at the Friends of Hopital Albert Schweitzer Haiti, which has been planting trees on the deforested hillsides of that earthquake-ravaged country.

Now, Mr. Rawson, 75, is retiring from the hospital's board, effective immediately, even as the organization announced it will receive a $150,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to increase awareness and improve marketing in the hospital's Pittsburgh office.

"I'm 75 years old and I'm not quite decrepit, but it was time to pass the baton on to younger people, " said Mr. Rawson, who is currently teaching a course in Chatham University's sustainability program. "The hospital is in excellent shape, it's financially solid, it has a wide support base in Pittsburgh and elsewhere."

Mrs. Rawson is continuing her work with the Friends of Hopital Albert Schweitzer Haiti, he added.

Mr. Rawson, a Squirrel Hill resident, had been involved with the hospital since he was a youth, when his mother, Gwendolyn Grant Rawson, married Mr. …

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