April 9, 1901 – November 4, 1989
|The Rusk Institute|
|Dr. Rusk Caring for an Infant|
After the war, he overcame much resistance to establish similar programs in civilian hospitals, founding what would become the Howard A. Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University.
|Roy Campanella and Dr. Rusk|
Recognized as an expert in his field, Rusk served as a consultant to nine U.S. presidents, the Veteran’s Administration, and the United Nations. He was a consultant to the World Health Organization, he took his methods global by founding the World Rehabilitation Fund (1955). For his work and achievements, Rusk received many awards and honors. In 1974 the University of Missouri named its rehabilitation center in honor of Rusk. He received the Distinguished Service Medal, three Albert Lasker Awards, the Pacem in Terris Award, and the French Legion of Honor. Rusk was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize but did not win. In addition, he authored several books including A World to Care For (1972).