Dr. William Foege, who helped eradicate smallpox and founded the Decatur-based Task Force for Global Health, will be awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Foege, former executive director of the Carter Center, is one of 13 people who will receive the nation’s highest civilian honor. Singer and songwriter Bob Dylan, novelist Toni Morirson and former astronaut and senator John Glenn were also named.
The Task Force for Global Health has offices at 325 Swanton Way in Decatur, not far from the city police station.
The organization dedicated an expansion of the building on Thursday in an event attended by Rosalynn Carter and other dignitaries.
When he attended the ground-breaking of the addition of the Task Force building last