- 88 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 28, 1927
- Place of birth:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
- Date of passing: Jun 6, 2016
- Place of passing:
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
|Let the memory of Philip be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Philip Brachman, 88, born on July 28, 1927 and passed away on June 6, 2016. We will remember him forever.
Memorial donations may be made to “Books For Africa”, a project Dr. Brachman has been working with a school in Kenya.
There is a website to go to: https://www.booksforafrica.org/donate/funds.html
Information on his memorial service is below:
Friday, June 10, 2016
Paideia School Auditorium
1509 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta
"It's 7 months and 5 days since the passing of a very special person. I met and got to know Dr. Brachman at the Summer Session in Epidemiology Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In a very short time that I attended the program, I was very amazed by the level of energy he had in doing the work he loved; and even remembering me by name made me feel appreciated. From way out here in the remote Pacific Island of Kosrae, I will always remember "Phil" not only as an excellent teacher but a very caring person that has touched my life."
"Professor Brachman was a good-hearted, incredible person and an invaluable asset to Emory. It's terribly sad to lose an individual who inspired, helped, and educated thousands of professionals gathered in the Humphrey family, a mighty family which Dr. Brachman led and nurtured so well. (Naira Matevosyan, Humphrey Fellow 2005-2006)."
"Rest in peace my prof."
"Forever missed... Rest in peace, Dr. Brachman."
"Happy Birthday Phil!"
"I am Amer Al-Atbee, Humphrey Fellow 2014/2015. I am shocked and very much greif to hear that Pref. Philip Brachman pass away, Pref. Philip Brachman was a great teacher, father and mentor to all Humphrey fellows, I am so sad for lost a very good mentor and great public health predecessor, His spirit will encourage me and all for hard working in the public health forever!
He will be always in our hearts
Amer Al-Atbee, Humphrey Fellow, RSPH, Emory
"he will always be missed and respected by all of us. He is alive in my heart and memory forever. He is such passionate and dedicated educator I ever seen!
May he rest in peace.
HHH fellow in Emory (2013-14)"
""I was so saddened by this news. It is a huge loss for our global health community, including Malaysian EIP ( Epidemiological Intelligence Program ) in which he had contributed a lot to all of us ( 1st Badge ).......
He inspired all of us in many different ways.....by his great dedication to the EIP program and contribution to the global health.....by his way of living in humanity, etc.
He is my role model, great mentor and the best Professor ever.
He will be sadly missed forever."
"How can one begin to describe the loss of such a public health 'giant'? He was a passionate educator; an individual who gave so much of himself to further the world of applied public health practice. We have all lost a friend, and I have lost an esteemed colleague."
"The world and public health professionals in particular, have lost a true legend and a man who embodied public health and its core principles. Phil will be missed by many especially those who have no voice to speak for them. A life very well lived! RIP"
"It just leaves us speachless hearing about such sad new. Phil has been the best coordinator, mentor ever ! thank you Phil for your passion and your love for Humphrey program and for all humphreys ! RIP, you will be in our memory for ever !
Ella, 2011-2012 Humphrey fellow from Madagascar"
"A wonderful man, first chairman of Paideia board. So warm, so witty, so compassionate. I loved Phillip, and I love Susan, Sarah, Xander. Hell, I even love David! My condolences to you all.
"Dr. Brachman was a real human being and a real hero for me. He sat up standards we have to aim for professionally and personally. He will always have a special place in my heart."
"Our hearts can be empty because a good man is gone, or cherish his memory and let it live. Phil as I called him, has paid his due to humanity and transformed so many lives worldwide. I thank God I had the privilege to be mentored and taught by him. RIP Phil. i will forever cherish his memory. HHH 2011-2012"
"Phil was a great mentor and supervisor, willing to take a risk on me to serve as the Acting Chief EIS Officer working with him to recruit new officers and to be a swing epidemiologist covering several major areas in infectious disease, reproductive health and drug abuse. How lucky we were to have his leadership and thoughtful guidance."
"When I first met him at my in laws house he brought me flowers because I got a good score on an entrance exam for graduate school. I never met him before and he was so kind to do that. That will always be my memory of him and I know from my mother in law how wonderful of a man he truly was."
"Dr. Brachman was one of the rare individuals who come across one’s path in life and create a lasting impression. He was an exemplary role model that I aspire to be, and it was a privilege to have him as my mentor for so many years. Dr. Brachman, thank you for everything. I will miss you immensely."
"A remarkable person you never forget when you meet him. He made my stay in Atlanta memorable in all ways during the Humphrey Fellowship Enhancement Workshop at the Emory University. RIP Prof Phillip Brachman.
Anne Marie Niandou Epse Gbobia
Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program at the Penn State University (2010-2011)"
"Dr. Brachman was my friend, teacher of life, and father figure. In the field of Art, Most of Saturday morning for years, we created amazing sculptural pieces out of molten glass. We talked a lot, laughed a lot, and sweated a lot. I am so glad to have had those profund opportunity and relationship with him to be inspired, to be passionate, and to love each other. A Father of Humanity.
I will miss you Phil.
"I am a Chinese, yet found my mentor in the United States. He is Dr.Brachman who affect me profoundly. In the face of his death, no words can express my extreme inner sadness.
I love him just like I love God. To commemorate him in the rest of my life, is constantly spreading his creed "Social Justice" in China with my greatest effort.
Director of Drug Distribution Compliance
Hainan Food and Drug Administration
Humphrey Fellow 2014-2015 in Emory
"This Day marks our great loss of a leader, mentor, compassionate heart and a friend.
With lots of Egyptian handicrafts in your Office and Egyptian arabic Signs on your Door office, I will never forget you always have a special love to Egypt and Egyptians......Will miss our little conversations about it.
You will always be memorable in my heart with the great print and passion you have on us as Humphrey's... Your impact is all over the world through all Humphrey leaders you mentored across the globe.
"My life is no longer the same after I met you and you gave me a chance to come on the Humphrey Program" , was The first Statement I wrote in my Humphrey Year Journal as 2014-2015 Alumni !!!!
RIP "The strongest man I ever Known"
Mariam Shokralla (Egypt )
Humphrey Fellow -Emory University- 2014-2015"
"Hey, Phil. Even your memorial tributes are an inspiration to your students. The number of lives you have improved, spanning the globe and generations. That is something to strive for - a life well lived!"
"The incredible outpouring of support and good memories of Philip Brachman is testimony to the many lives he touched as an ultimate shoeleather epidemiologist. I am the author of INSIDE THE OUTBREAKS, the history of the Epidemic Intelligence Service, with which Phil was associated from its earliest years. He was always supportive, always responsive, had me to friendly dinners at his house with his wife, Susan. I last corresponded with him a few months ago, when he helped me with a contact about public health issues and the Atlanta BeltLine, about which I am writing. A great man who will be greatly missed."
"It's with deep sorrow and pain that I learnt of Prof Philip’s demise and I have not yet come to terms with it.
Prof Philip, I am speechless and in shock that you have decided to depart from us during this time when the Humphrey Fellowship Program needs you more than ever before. Always thinking, friendly, an amazing sense of humor, ready to help and best of all, always approachable.
We should take this opportunity to celebrate a remarkable and extraordinary man who dedicated his life to working with students and professionals, seeing their potential and grooming them for a better future.
Philip’s life will continuously resonate among us as a glimmer of hope to all of us in our quest for a better world.
I am going to miss you Professor and only pray that we can continue carrying forth your dream for the Humphrey Fellowship Program.
If it is true, may his soul rest in perfect peace.
Emmanuel Beljard Edzongui, MD
HIV/AIDS and Humanitarian Affairs
United Nations Population Fund
Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
Humphrey Fellow, Emory University 2013-2014"
"The size and breadth of CDC today probably preclude the possibility of one person having such an impact as did Phil on our organization and the people who work within it. The number of people who have already left a message here, few of whom I know, attests to the broad impact Phil had at CDC and elsewhere. To those of us who knew him from his corner office in Building 1 and Auditorium B, he will always be a wonderful memory."
"May he rest in eternal peace. As a MPH student at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University I had the opportunity to work in his office with his administrative assistant. I helped with a lot of little things including his short course packets and class evaluation summaries (which were always superb). Always very kind, with a good sense of humor. He was a very passionate man, a very inspiring person, and very positive. From colleagues, students, alumni, and Humphrey Fellows over the years I continually heard that he was a remarkable man and that he enriched so many experiences. A public health legend and the World is a better place for all of his work at CDC, Emory, and elsewhere. He inspired so many and so many continue his legacy and the legacy of his work. It was a privilege to know him. He will be missed and remembered always! My heartfelt condolences to the Brachman family."
""May God Bless Phil Brachman's soul, his life was a treasure and his memory is everlasting! He was always full of determination, I remember when he used to drive us in a van as the humphrey fellows (2011), and when he invited us to his home, we played games, took photos in his garden and met his family. He was a passionate mentor. He was very human. May his soul rest in peace."
Jehan Al-Fannah, Humphrey Fellow (2011) - MUSCAT, Oman"
"I have been a host family to Humphrey Fellows for many years. Dr. Brachman not only cared for the current class - making sure their affiliations were meaningful, helping them to adjust to life in America, being an incredible mentor and friend---but he did this for all the alumni. He was so proud of all their successes and modestly, quietly helped fellows in all sorts of situations. As we have read in the many tributes, the fellows loved him. He genuinely cared for them all. I'll always remember Dr. Brachman as a professor with a ready smile, always with the time to share a kind word and who worked tirelessly to promote global health worldwide, I hope his family are comforted by the good memories. He is an inspiration to us all."
"Phil Brachman took a chance on me for EIS, and I suspect I was neither the first nor the last, and that has made all the difference for me in epidemiology and public health. He later took another chance by creating the FETP in Peru, for which I was selected as CDC consultant. He was a great epidemiologist, teacher, and mentor. He cast a wide net as evidenced by all the tributes listed here. His commitment to the advancement of epidemiology worldwide is perhaps his greatest legacy, exceeded perhaps by his character as a person. He walked tall."
"I was shocked and deeply sadnened when I learned the passing away of our beloved mentor, father and friend Prof.Philip Brackman.
As Hamphrey Fellow in the year 1994-1995, I have a lot of unforgettable memoris: to mention a few visting and enjoying music at Atlanta Symphony Hall being invited by Dr. Brackman.
In general, Dr. Brackman was not only a teacher to us, he was a father, an advisor and friend to all Humphrey Fellows and his students at large
Father Brachman you will be missed forever.
Rest in peace.
May the almighty give the strength and the tolerance to the family in such difficult time.
"So, so saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Phil Brachman...What a great person and fantastic epidemiologist and public health expert he was!
I remember when in 1994 I met him just at the start of my EIS fellowship at CDC. He was so happy to learn that I was the very first ex-Soviet EIS officer. He then gave me such encouragement. I always enjoyed talking with him - so much warmth and wisdom used to come from Phil. One of the figures that one can't imagine some institutions like CDC & Emory, to be left without.... RIP! Much respect!"
"Phil was an inspiration to me from the moment I enrolled in the EIS where he was the director. He was so open and real and helpful. He invited me to stay at his house. We used his 1964 study of anthrax to model dose timing effects. It was the only dose timing data available for any infection for more than half a century. It was such an amazing study. Only Phil could have done that. Seeing him at the Michigan Summer session was always a joy for me. What a wonderful spirit he had."
"I was very honored to be one of Humphrey Fellows during 2012-13 and met Prof Phil Brachman. He was a passionate educator and leader. His passions and energy to work motivated me in my personal and professional life. He inspired Humphrey fellows as well as other International students. Pro Brachman was one of the greatest soul I have ever met. We lost a leader and a mentor, who has a positive impact in public health all over the world. He was an great example for many of us. Dr. Phil will be always in our hearts and thoughts. RIP Dr. Brachman.
My condolences to the family and friends.
Pharmacist Khadija Al-Mahrouqi
HHH Fellow 2012-13, Oman"
"I was very saddened to hear this news, and my condolences go out to Prof. Brachman's family. Phil was an inspiration to me from the start of my public health career. While attending Rollins I had the good fortune of taking a number of his courses, and I was honored to have him as my thesis advisor. I ended up following in his footsteps, supported by his letter of recommendation, in the EIS Program, and have been with CDC since that time as a Medical Officer. He was truly one of my mentors, and I credit him for my being where I am today in my career. He will always be an inspiration and I will miss him greatly..."
"His wisdom, guidance and leadership will be always with us."
"So sorry to hear about Dr. Brachman's passing away. I had the great pleasure to serve as an instructor for many years in the Epi-In-Action and International Epi course that Dr. Brachman organized twice a year at the Emory School of Public Health. I admired Dr. Brachman's life-long leadership, dedication and passion to the teaching of public health professionals globally and for his multitude of accomplishments towards furthering the field of public health. I was fortunate to have a brief conversation with him at the Emory School of Public Health recently while delivering one of the epi lectures for the Epi-in-Action course. Dr. Brachman shared with me how proud he was of his family and his desire to maintain the Epi-in-Action and International Epi courses for years to come! May he rest in peace! I will always have fond memories of you Dr. Brachman! God bless you and your family!"
"It was sad to hear the new. I first met Dr. Brachman when he came to Vietnam and taught an Epi course and I was a student. Then I was his student at Emory. He was very nice, always had time to talk to us, gave us advice. He always cared for international students, took us to field trip. Great teacher. Great public health role model. We will miss you"
"Phil was the first to greet me when I joined CDC 22 years ago. We became friends and collaborated on a variety of projects. Phil was a kind, knowledgeable and capable leader, friend and mentor who taught us and inspired us to achieve excellence in all our endeavors.
While I will truly miss him, I know that his influence and character lives within all who were touched by him.
Phil, we are forever grateful for having traveled life’s path with you. We shall never forget you!
T. Demetri Vacalis, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Science, OCOO/OSSAM/PHIO
"As the national director for the Humphrey Fellowship Program at the Institute of International Education, I had the pleasure of working with Philip Brachman for 10 years (1994-2004). I greatly admired and appreciated his intelligence, friendliness, good humor and compassion.
Over a decade's time we engaged in many ways over successes, challenges and "situations" that develop with Fellows coming from all over the world. Dr. Brachman was always resourceful, generous and put others first, with patience and grace.
My deepest condolences to the Brachman family, his Emory colleagues and the hundreds of Humphrey Fellows so caringly mentored by Philip.
Dr. William Dant"
"Having the opportunity to interact with Phil was one of the great pleasures of my medical and public health career. He will be missed enormously for his intellect, passion, leadership, energy, humanity, and humor."
"He was recently visiting for a graduation and my son (a recent college graduate) had the opportunity to talk with him. He noticed my Son's ATSDR shirt and began to talk about the work of the agency. Dr. B still was sharp and went on to do a quick bit of teaching (of my son) in the car ride downtown.
Science and humanity has been fortunate to have him in the world and my family has been blessed to have the Brachman family in our lives.
Phil and the Brachmans are in our thoughts and prayers."
"this is Ikram Chentaf Emory Humphrey Fellow 2013-2014, it is very hard to say something about Phil, I am confused, I don't know where to start, so many good things, I remember him so precise so detailed, never left anything to chance, he would explain in detail how things would go during a visit or an event, I appreciated very much how precise he was. I remember the very first time I saw him, he came to the humphreys' room and shook hands with us, and I was surprised to see a man in his age still very active. and then I had my first meeting with him, he knew so many things about me already, I felt I was the most important one among all the Humphreys just because of that, I felt the love he has for us, and how important we were to him, he made sure that we were comfortable, that we take the classes we wanted, and that we be satisfied with our school, professions and lives, he celebrated our birthdays, he paid for dinner during our trip to south Georgia from his own pocket, he was a father, a mentor a great example and role model to follow, I am impressed with his person I and will always be. I never stopped telling stories about him since I came back home. he made a huge difference in my life.
I will never forget you Philip, may you rest in peace."
"Dr.Philip Brachman was living a life of giving all the time. He gave what one needs. Not only material things but more importantly, he gave his time, his loving concern, his wisdom, his courage, and connect his Humphrey fellows to his rich network of people who can help them. He is like a wish-fulfilling jewels and wish- granting tree, never say no when you ask for help. His kindness pervades to all who are in need and who reached out to him. Like a sun, he shines equally towards everywhere and his rays warm us up. His existence makes the world a better place. His legacy will stay and his ever-flowing love, compassion and enthusiasm will hopefully replicate in the heart of all the people he has touched. Then his spirit and love for life will never die.
Pik Pin Goh, Emory Humphrey Fellow, 1999-2000"
"I was a fellow at Emory-RSPH 2007-2008 from Namibia; the most beautiful country in the world as I would introduce myself and Phil will smile a bit and of course "oh boy". I one day asked Phil; what is the secret of growing old but fit and so full of energy; he responded eat well, be positive about life and keep working."
"Philip S.Brachman was a truely honorable, sincere and beautiful hearted person,remarkable man and role model of integrity, modesty and humanity. He was for me more than a professor but an inspiration man. All my family will always remember him and especially how he was involved in rescuing them from the civil war in my country Burundi.
He will always be in our hearts, dearest Philip RIP"
"It`s more than a sad day, more than a loose...A great man, teacher, leader but most of all a great friend! Always there for me, I was his "kito".. Honored of knowing him! He contributed so much for public health, for better world! We`ve lost him physically, but great people never die, he`ll always live in the hearts of so many people that love him. Let angels be your loving Fellows now dr.Phil! We will definitely miss you!
Rest in peace my great man!"
"Words cannot express the void I am currently experiencing! In Philip, I had found a loving and selfless heart! His words of wisdom still ring true in my heart! He encouraged me to get on and start my project! He believed I could do more in the field of 'social justice'. Now that you are gone, your words will enable me to carry on! We shall live the legacies you held true and envisioned all Humphrey Fellows to emulate! May your soul rest in eternal peace!
FARE THEE WELL!!"
"What a loss!
At 87 you were still as relevant as when you were 27 during my fellowship year. I was so touched the day you told me you have called everywhere you thought I could be just because you haven't heard from me as I was rounding up my fellowship in Atlanta last year. You were so glad to see me once more that day as I was to see you. We took few last pictures before I flew back to my Country in Cameroon.
I promised I was going to recrute more fellows from Cameroon and I did. Emmanuel will be coming to Emory next year as a Fellow but you will not be there to mentor him like you did to us.
My husband still remembers you invited him to attend the talk on religion as a social determinant of public health when he visited me in Atlanta for 2 weeks. You loved fellows like your own children. We are all very devastated at your death. You will always be a part of our history
Live on Prof Brachman!"
"I'm still devastated that our most loved, respected and adored Dr. Phil Brachman is gone. He was the best Humphrey Fellows Coordinator and also our Dad. He was fatherly, supportive, flexible and generously contributed for Laptops for Emory Humphrey Fellows. In those days (2002), Laptops were out of reach for us struggling fellas from humble background in deep rural Kenya, E. Africa. One of my cherished Memorabilia include the 2002 Screenshot of my first laptop in life courtesy of Dr. Brachman. The laptop made a huge difference for my academics and professional work.
Secondly, I owe and dedicate my MPH degree to Dr. Phil for his timely assistance when I was financially down and out. He proved to be a fatherly leader and a true friend indeed you can count on during the tough times. I will forever be grateful for his fatherly advice, assistance and generosity including the weekly complimentary tickets for Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performances.
You will be forever missed Dr. Phil Brachman. You were a shining jewel to us Humphrey Fellows Alumni now spread across the globe. RIP till we meet again.
Humphrey Fellow 2002-3,
"Dr Brachman was a tireless educator for epidemiology worldwide. Your impact will live for generations. Rest in Peace"
"I was so saddened by this news. It is a huge loss for our global health community, Emory Humphrey Fellowship program and all of us.......
He inspired all of us in many different ways.....by his great dedication to the Humphrey program and contribution to the global health.....by his way of living in humanity, etc.
He is my role model, great mentor and the best Professor ever.
He will be sadly missed forever.
Rest in Peace, Phil...
Po Po Myint
Emory Humphrey Fellow (2011-12)"
"I would like to reiterate what everyone has said throughout this tribute page: He was a great man and he will be sorely missed. His passing was so sudden that I regret not having told him what impact he has had on me. I think we have missed a kind and strong soul.He will forever be missed. He has had a full life and that is something I will take comfort in."
"Good bye, Philip…
Humphrey Program at Emory will never be the same without you…
You were the heart and soul of this program…
Wise mentor, kind father, dearest friend…
You are forever in our hearts,
Rest in peace,
Vladimir Shalnev, MD, PhD, Dr. Sc,
Professor, North Western Medical University,
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow 2000-2001"
"Philip Brahman used to make regular donations to the children of PINA Uganda. Do you remember an important time in your life when you got a new pair of shoes? 30 Children of PINA Uganda remember a pair of bed sheet received from Prof. Philip Brachman. A pair of bed sheet that changed their lives. Watch this video - http://youtu.be/yA3Wb20w1N4- to know how a pair of bed sheet changed the lives of vulnerable children and young women at PINA Uganda.
Rest in peace Dr. Philip Brachman. Thank you for being such a wonderful influential force in our lives. We shall keep the spirit alive.
Namusoke Asia - Humphrey Fellow 2012-2013- Uganda."
"I am so sorry, very sad news, but Prof Brachman will live forever in our hearts and minds. His was a great person. I always remember him in my hart time. He was a big symbol for me.
Rest in peace.
Dr.Lama Hamisch (Humphrey Alumni 2009-2010, Syria)"
"Prof Brachman will live forever in my heart as a great mentor and very generous person, sharing with me his exceptional knowledge. He helped me to discover the amazing and special face of the US.
Rest in peace.
Ana Tudor (Humphrey Alumni 2009, Romania)"
"The news of the passing of this great friend, father, role model and Icon of Global Health has shattered my day. his professionalism knew no boundaries, his Humphrey Fellows were his favorites. Personally, Dr. Brachman was such an inspiration to me. He always reminded us about our potential to excel. Even after the Fellowship he cared., I still remembered his call to me during the height of the Ebola outbreak in my country Liberia. He went beyond the call of duty. Such a good man with a great heart, will truly be missed Phil, RIP my forever Hero"
"Professor Brachman was a great inspiration to us who attended the Summer Course International Applied Epidemiology. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Joseph Wamala - Ministry of Health Uganda"
"As a Humphrey fellow, I had a great opportuniy to interact with this wonderful, nice and intelligent professor of public health. He give me the opportuniy to meet the former president of USA, President Jimmy Carter and his wife. Prof. Philip Brachman may God keep you your soul as light a candle that will never end in eternity. rest in peace forever.Amen."
"I can’t stop tears in my eyes while writing this post. Our, elder, our father, our inspiration, our Global Public Health Leader, Dr Philip Brachman, left us on June 6th, making the Emory Humphrey Fellows Orphans.
He has lasting touch on my life, my thoughts, my view of looking at life, dealing situations, dealing with Humans, its that, its so much that he gave me and all of Humphrey Fellows, that we are totally different Human beings .
As per my believes, he has Holy Soul as he passed away on 1st Ramadan. He will be always in our Heart. August 8th 2015 to June 6th -2016"
"I am deeply saddened by the passing of a great mentor, friend and colleague. I am 1996/97 Humphrey Fellows when I studied health policy, planning and management. Phil was a great teacher and mentor. Later when we moved to the States, he invited me a couple of times to meet the new Humphrey Fellows. He congratulated heartly when I was promoted to a full professorship at the Loma Linda University School of Public Health in California. He will be deeply missed by many. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Ronald Mataya"
"he was a great teacher, a kind farther, a good friend, to all of us who walked through the Humphrey program over the years. His remarkable support, great guidance, was an immense mental relief to the professionals from the developing world while in USA.
He was not only an American but also a Sri Lankan or what ever the nationality you name he was a part of it.
Off the hats to Dr Brachman. People like you is a rare species to day in the world of technology."
"My heart is breaking for the passing of a really great man. Dr. Brachman was my hero, my icon and my example. I will never forget how selflessly he worked to support us to shape our Humphrey Year, how hard he tried to promote us on our professional and social life, how tirelessly pushed us to reach our goals and how eagerly he wanted to see our success. It was my privilege and honor to be his student. Words have seemed wholly inadequate to express my sadness.
May God give him eternal rest and the family the strength to bear this greatest pain.
Eteri Kipiani, MD
Emory Humphrey Fellow 2012/2013
"I was fortunate enough to be a student of Dr. Brachman when I was studying in Emory University as part of Humphrey program. Although 20 years has passed, I still clearly remembered many things that Dr. Brachman have done for us or spoken to us. Either for mid-term retreat or south Georgia trip, he always give us a ride and drive a long way to the destinations. He invited us to his home and cook food on a barbecue at backyard. In this activities, he was proud of telling me that he could cook rice and could pick up three peanuts with chopstick at a time, when he stay in Taiwan to assist with establishment of Field Epidemiology Training Program in 1982. It was really a happy and wonderful experience to work with Dr. Brachman. The kindest, most enthusiastic and energetic mentor, Dr. Brachman, I will always remember you in my life."
""Thank you DR. Brachman, for every single word, for being a role model, an example of strength, for believing in a better word and make it happen. It was a privilege being your fellow this year"
Humphrey Fellow, Emory (2015/16)"
"Phil was a man who touched every person that crosses his path with his kindness, empathy and compassion. He knows every one of his students, follows their lives and asks about them.
I am honored to be among the last group of his fellows at Emory and will remember him for the rest of my life for his fatherly presence.
The world has lost an icon, but heaven has called back home one of its Angels.
You will be forever missed. RIP Prof Phil.
Edward Kenyi - South Sudan (Emory Humphrey Fellow 2015/2016)"
"A true inspiring mentor and a perfect role model for the entire public health fraternity like us.. An ever energetic, lively and enthusiastic... Always radiating positive vibrations... Feel very sorry and sad that we could not fulfill his wish to visit India.. Earnestly pray for his soul to rest in eternal peace and Greatest tribute would be to imbibe and put into practice his noble virtues & spirit for the welfare of society at large...
Dr. Pankaj Shah, MD
Hubert Humphrey Fellow (1998 - 99)
Director, Community Health
SEWA Rural, Jhagadia
"One great man that made me realize my leadership potentials against the odd of coming from a developing, "fantastically corrupt" country! You gave me audience with phenomenal world leaders like Hilary Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, etc! You would always say, "Nina, you can do/be anything"!
Wao! Now you're gone! Your strength, passion and intelligence made light of your age....I never wanted to think you will die one day! Adieu Dr Philip Brachman.....The Humphrey Program and Public Health have lost a hero! #Epidemiologist! #Physician! #Hero! #Friend! #Leader!"
"We were all lucky and blessed to have Philip in our lives. He believed that knowledge will change people and help them live a better life and he was dedicated to help this knowledge to spread around the world. He was brave, with a great sense of humor, generous. He was our mentor, a great friend, a rock during the fellowship. We had a gift. He will continue to live in the hearts of all the fellows!"
"I am a former Humphrey fellow 2006-2007 at the Rollins school of Public Health.
I can not express how sad I am to know that Phil died. He was such a good teacher, leader, and best of all friend. His way of communicating with people was remarkable.
Not only he was of great help to us all during the stay in the US, but also he kept his support after we left back to our countries.
I wish he lived much longer.
My condolences to his family and to all the friends and fellows"
"Dear Phil. You will be my hero forever! Thank you for everything you have done for me, for Humphrey Fellows, for the CDC, for the University and for people.
""My soul is sorrowful even unto death" these gospel words traduce what I am feeling... Papa Brachman (I told him it is the way we would call him in Burkina Faso to show love and respect) was just an amazing person. I talked with him the last time on Friday and when I was leaving him he told me : "Hope I Will see you before you leave...". I did not know it was the good bye... I know I have been blessed to share a little part of Papa Brachman's journey. I am wordless to say the influence He have and Will continue to have in my life. I just love him much...
Rest in peace Papa Brachman! You Will leave forever in our hearts.
Basilia Humphrey Fellow 2015-2016"
"I was sad when I received the news of Phil's demise
A few days ago, I had good news from IIE regarding a proposal submitted . I sent mail to Phil immediately and have since been awaiting a response only to be informed of his demise. Dr Brachman was a good man, lived for humanity through his passion not only for public health but individual lives. My girls and I had the opportunity to learn from you. Though Phil is dead, he lives on through his good work
To his family, our sympathy. HHH Emory University 2011"
"I was really sad to hear of Phil's demise
He was a great man who lived for others and his passion; Public Health
A few days ago, I received good news from IIE about a proposal submitted. I immediately sent mail to Phil awaiting a response only to be informed of his demise. My sympathy to his family
May his soul rest in peace. Dr Bachman though dead, lives on through his good works. HHH Emory University 2011"
"This is Omar from Afghanistan a Humphrey fellow 2006-07 in RSPH, Emory University. Professor Brachman was the kindest hearted man, supportive leader with a great nice mind and heart. He was the good friend of hard times. He dedicated his life to serve communities not only in the United States, but in most countries in our global village in best possible way as he could. We lost our best and great professor physically but he remains in our hearts and minds for lifetime. God bless you Brachman and may your soul rest in peace!
Dr. Mir Omar Masoud Atefi- Afghanistan - HHH alumni 2006-2007."
"Sometimes you meet a person and your life changes! And from this point you just grow and grow up with so nice experiences and unforgetable moments , Phil is this person in my professional life...
I was in CDC in february 2016 for the Ebola Grantees meeting and I was again fortunate to meet him! He is a treasure, his is UNIQUE....there is no words from me! I hope to seing him again one day somewhere that I don't know now..... Unforgettable memories!
" Toutes mes condoléances à la famille éplorée et que son âme repose en paix"
Adjane Gilles KOURA
HH Alumnus 2009-2010"
"So sorry. He is a great mentor for us. He will rest in peace."
"My family and I are so saddened to hear of Professor Philip Brachman,
I feel like orphaned.
Only last month at an American Society of Microbiology seminar in Jordan, one of the coordinators, Mr. Sean Kaufman from Atlanta GA, turned out to be student of Phil. Instant camaraderie, due to common mentor ! Such is the legacy of great teachers and great men like Phil.
Syed Imtiaz Hasan 1998-1999 Alumnus, Islamabad, PAKISTAN"
"My deepest condolences in the death of Phill . I knew him during my Humphrey year 2001-2 but our relation continued till last year 2015 . He kept sending and responding to my mails > He was keen to be assured about all of us in our countries once he hears any bad news in the media . I lost a real friend, professor and mentor. Good bye Phill from Cairo Egypt"
"With deepest sadness Humphrey fellows and alumni at Emory and broader Humphrey Community accept this information about Prof. Philip Brachman passed away. I would like to extend heartfelt condolences to his family and express how much we appreciated his support and teaching as a passionate educator and leader who had been dedicated to his hard work on “atomic energy”. He always answered our call with profound wisdom and clear vision and advice. I also have to mention that he was very gentle and charming with warm, friendly and patient approach in the relationships with all fellows, colleagues and associates. He tried to encourage and inspire our thinking providing equal conditions and support to all fellows in order to encourage them to utilize as much as possible of available resources and opportunities for education and exchange of professional experience. He leaves us with the promise for a better future. It is our challenge to live up to it. He struggled to keep the Humphrey spirit and legacy, and we will continue to keep it forever.
Prof. Brachman was one of the Atlanta icons of Public Health, an exceptional and precious person in the world, a great visionary and global public health leader serving humanity. He was among the greatest warriors and real legend in the global public health who brought people together by promoting tolerance and building bridges. He was one of the key leaders and coordinators of the Humphrey Program. His demise represents an irreparable loss for entire Humphrey Program whose mission and noble goals Dr. Brachman was devotedly pursuing for so many years, starting from the first group of Humphrey fellows at Emory in the academic year 1993/94. His remarkable personality, high professionalism and genuine loyalty to the Humphrey legacy will always be remembered and he will be greatly missed.
He was very active working until the last moment devotedly and highly professionally. We are in deep grief and will always keep him in our memories.
May his noble soul rest in peace.
Doncho M. Donev, MD, PhD, Professor
1993/94 Humphrey Fellow
Republic of Macedonia"
"It is with great sadness I learnt of the passing on of a great visionary selfless leader, mentor and I considered him as a father to all the Humphrey Fellows Dr Brachman.Some of us who were under your leadership words cannot express the sadness we are feeling right now.You will be sadly missed Dr Brachman.May your soul rest in peace. My deepest sympathy to the family and may you find comfort in that our hearts are with you at this time of mourning.in deep sorrow- Getrude Ncube Zimbabwe"
"It was a great loss for Humphrey Fellowship program.
We'll miss him and his dedications and contributions to the Humphrey program.
Yu Yu Aung
VCU Humphrey Fellow (2014-15)"
"Phil is such a great teacher in the classrooms; he is a greate leader in Humphrey leadership courses; he is a great driver when he drove us to field sites; he possess so many good ; artist glass maker ; having sense of humor and kindness ; always treat fairly without any discrimination; takes advice and feedback. Fishing is one of his favorite sport. I bought a pair of lucky fishes for him but he cannot receive them. I will share good merits to him for the memorial donation."
"I met Philip as a Humphrey Fellow in 2006-2007 and in this short year he kept a long lasting impact on life. His kindness and passion is overwhelming. I can safely say that throughout my life there is no other professor or a teacher that loved as much as Philp. My sincere thoughts and prayers to his friends and family. What Philp stood for will always be with us all."
"Rest in peace, Dr. Brachman
Oleksandr Neduzhko (2005-2006 Humphrey Fellow)"
"Really sorry to hear about the demise of Phil. He was very passionate about his work and dedicated his efforts to providing opportunities to many of us from developing countries. He would relate to us (Humphrey Fellows) both as father and brother. Talked about his fishing escapades. Invited us to his home. He would drive the rented van himself to take us to interesting places. He was keenly interested in our professional development even after the Fellowship. He will be deeply missed. Rest in Perfect Peace, Phil. My sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones."
"It was this afternoon that I learnt with deep sadness, that Dr Brachman has passed on. It's impossible to express in words the grief that I feel and I am sure this is true for most Humphrey Fellows that passed through him. The image of the United States in my mind is the one I saw through the eyes, the devotion, kindness, nurturing and mentorship of Dr Brachman. Even though he has passed on, I know Dr Brachman lives on because he deposited a part of himself in each of us. My deepest condolence to the family and praying that God will give them the fortitude to bear this loss."
""Oh Boy..." Dr. Brachman would say...
He was a passionate mentor that thought us all not only academics, but mostly humanity. A men who would stand up for social justice first of all. Though and generous men, who touched and changed hundreds of fellows' life around the globe - just like mine. Thank you, Dr. Brachman.
With love and gratitude,
Tatianna Alencar, 2015-16 HHH Fellow from Brazil."
"I pay tribute to the loss of a truely honorable, sincere and beautiful hearted person. You had enlightened and enriched many fellows' lives.
You will always be in our hearts, dearest Philip."
"I am Ari, a Humphrey fellow from 2008/09 batch from Sri Lanka. I have never seen such an amazing person like Professor Brachman. He was a great teacher, but more than that he was a great human being. He always believed that education can make a big difference in people living under difficult and vulnerable situations.
He is a wonderful person, his genuinely interested in showing us American heritage. He used to drive a big van with all of us for thousands of miles, several days at a time, irrespective of his age and some physical discomforts due to a neck problem.
I do not believe there will be another great human being during my life time.
My you rest in peace, our dear Professor Phil."
"I was shocked to know about the Dr Philip's sad news. I had unforgettable memories with him as a Humphrey Fellow of 2010-11 in Emory University. As a humble, resourceful and kind Professor, he mentored us. I learnt a lot from him: how to be humble, kind, punctual ,firm and especially growing old.
Such a Great Loss for his family, Emory, CDC, Humphrey Fellows etc.!!"
"Prof.Brachman is my most favorite professor. He taught and helped me everything. I so proud to be your advisee and student. You will be in my life forever. ...Bye bye professor.."
"Dr. Brachman was a really great and highly respected director of our Humphrey Fellowship program. I learn from him either the way of professional or personality. It was my privilege to be his student and friend, we will follow the wish of his path to make the world better."
"Through his connections and his ever willingness to connect me to people within and outside of Georgia, I was able to establish networks in many parts of the US (CDC, Washington DC, etc) and the world. This will continue to be my connection with Dr. Philip Brachman. He may be gone, but his memories will live forever in our hearts, in our memories and in the changes that we want to create in ourselves, in our countries and in the world."
"I was so sad to hear of Dr. Brachman's passing a few hours ago by fellow RSPH alum. I never took one of his classes but I DID work for him as the Humphrey Program Assistant my second year in school (2000-2001). I loved the program and all that he and Sharri did to create a wonderful experience for the Humphrey Fellows. And you could tell they loved being at Emory and being mentored and supported by Dr. Brachman. He was a great man and an inspiration to so many of us for so many reasons. Rest in peace, Dr. Brachman. You are already missed by so many."
"Every detail has been called up clearly at Emory in my Humphrey year. It is honorable for me to hold the fellowship and learned from dear Dr. Brachman not only in his courses but also outside the classroom. He arranged everything orderly and got every information ready for the fellows, the prestigious old man drove us a lot to site visit, presentation even in his 80s that I have never seen in my country, if one can put this under his comprehensive background, it really touch something in your heart. He put me to CDC for the professional affiliation and help to expand my professional network, it was no doubt to mean a lot to my career development; He helped me pass through the difficulties, I shared his story when I returned my country, his random actions raised so many hope in my friends. May your gentle soul rest in peace."
"From far, Burundi, I can't forget Dr Philip's encouragement: "President Carter does know about your country, we won't allow it, but if you can, tell'im about! You never know. And let your brother and sisters know about our area", (2014) he calmly told me. Can't forget. RIP Dr.
"I am Jiatong Zhuo, Humphrey Fellow 98/97. I am shocked and very much greif to hear that Pref. Philip Brachman pass away this mornoing。 Pref. Philip Brachman is so kind and helped all Humphrey fellows, especcial for me, just wrote a great preface for my new book! I am so sad for lost a very good mentor and great public health predecessor。His spirit will encorage me and promote me hard working in the public health forever!
Jiatong Zhuo, Humphrey Fellow, RSPH, Emory
Deputy director, Guangxi Provincial CDC, China"
"This indeed is a very very sad day on the passing away of an icon in Global Health such as Prof Phil Brachman. I was very privileged and honored to be his student during my Humphrey Fellowship (2010/2011) at Emory University/CDC.
He was not only my Prof, mentor. friend and hero but my role model in every sense of the word. There are so many great memories of my interaction with Prof Brachman that have been indelibly etched in me for life. More importantly I have applied many of his advice, teachings and learning experiences in both my personal and professional life.
I will be bold to say that U.S. has lost a 'national treasure' by the passing away of Prof Brachman. His passing away will be felt globally in terms of his contributions and expertise in Global Health initiatives. His legacy will live on especially among the many Humphrey Fellows whose lives he touched in so many positive and different ways.
Ashraf Mohammed (PhD - Public Health)
Cape Town, South Africa. Currently residing in Vancouver, BC. Canada"
"A remarkable man and role model of integrity, modesty and humanity.
I have very warm memories of him and we enjoyed many moments of pure human interaction.
Rest in peace Philip
(Humphrey class of 1994, Syria)"
"Words cannot express my profound grief.
It saddened me to learn of Phil´s death yesterday. I have no doubt all of us Humphrey Fellows who had the enormous privilege to be part of Phil´s life an mentoring are deeply sorry for his physical loss.
We have lost one of the kindest and bravest warriors and leaders I have ever had the privilege to know. His death will defenitely affect our lifes for he was and will be a truly legend in Public Health not just for his colleges and students at Emory but all over the world!
His integrity inspired many people, I am certain he impacted the lives of all of his students, not only as a teacher, but as a counselor, guide and friend. I had not seen him for many years, but I will always remember him with his vibrant personality and great energy. What a marvelous human being!
I will say a special prayer each day in his memory in thanks for having had the opportunity to know him and count him as my friend. I will pray also for the family to have the strength to carry on.
Phil, you will always be remembered!
David Avilés, MD
Minitry of Health of El Salvador.
Humphrey Fellow, Emory University 2004 - 2005"