ForeverMissed
This website was created by JR's former NACCHO colleagues to commemorate JR's contributions as a public health hero who served with unparalleled commitment, passion, and intellect.
Posted by Julia Joh Elligers on May 16, 2021
I met JR when I joined NACCHO fresh out of graduate school. At the time, I had a lot of passion and no professional experience. I was in complete awe of him and wanted to learn his ways because I could see that he was always channeling his passion into progress. I remember asking Carol Brown, how do I build those skills, because I so desired to make a difference. During the 7 years I worked with JR, I learned by observing him and conversing with him. We worked on our doctorates at the same time--he finished way before me of course--but our discussions of organizational dynamics, leadership, politics, and public health were always eye-opening and intellectually stimulating.

The last time I saw him was in Atlanta. He had returned from one of his trips, and I saw him walking toward the building through the window. I abruptly left my meeting to greet him at security. It was as if I saw a celebrity. We had dinner that night and he told me of the incredible work he was doing in South Sudan. I remember thinking how courageous he was and reflecting on how I could be more courageous and do more.

Since he passed, I have been sharing stories of JR's work with my two sons. I showed my 9 year old a video that played on Kenya TV that described the maternal and child health initiative JR spearheaded. My son asked me why JR was not in the video, and I explained that JR wouldn't have wanted to be displayed prominently... that the story was about Kenyans.

JR was unbelievably humble. He didn't work for glory. He worked to make other people's lives better. The world would be such a better place if we could all follow in his example. While he would have hated it while he was alive, I think we should all brag about how incredible he was, but not for too long, because there is still a lot of work to be done. I will think of him often when the work feels insurmountable or really frustrating, and remember to focus on the desired impact and continue to march forward.
Posted by Donna Brown on May 16, 2021
JR was once an indispensable participant in a successful effort by NACCHO, ASTHO (and others I may be missing) to persuade Congress to appropriate $100 million for health departments to prepare for a post-911 smallpox vaccination campaign. This was in 2002 or 2003, when biological terrorism was a big concern and the Bush Administration felt it had reason to be prepared for the use of the smallpox virus as a biological weapon. I went to JR”s office and said, “Can we figure out what it would cost local health departments to do what CDC is asking?” Before I knew it, he, other staff members, and the Immunization Work Group developed a cost estimation methodology, gathered detailed estimates from a selection of LHD’s, and wrote a research brief with a well-justified cost range. It was, needless to say, a lot more money than the Administration thought. But those data turned the tide and Congress voted what we asked for -- $100 million for health departments for this effort. That would not have happened without JR’s leadership and energy!
Posted by Gulzar Shah on May 16, 2021
My tenure at NACCHO overlapped with JRs. I learned a lot of things by observing him work and working with him. Once, the request came in, I think form chief executive (Pat. Libby), to do a quick qualitative analysis (it may have been the early Budget cut survey or H1N1 data)., with something needed by the next day. By training, I knew qualitative analysis cannot be completed that quickly. JP took it upon himself and had some results the next morning. "Never let the perfect be enemy of the goo," is what I remembered from that experience. He was a friend and a kind colleague.
Posted by Jacob Mbafor on May 16, 2021
May JR's soul rest in peace and my hos family and the numerous lives that he touched be comforted! Gone too soon, but even the impact he left in world public health and his memories will sustain us. I was one of the fortunate ones to have served alongside JR when he led NACCHO's immunization workgroup. His humor, humility, insight and ability to pull information and put things together in a very short amount of time was amazing. JR was simply an amazing soul to be around, and while he will be missed, I am comforted that our paths crossed and he inspired me in many ways. Rest in peace, bro.
Posted by Carol Brown on May 15, 2021
I left NACCHO in 2010 and have many fond memories of JR. At one time our offices were close to each other, and I could hear him laugh and talk with others. After I left NACCHO I was thrilled when an email would pop up from him. The last one was in 2017 when he was in Kenya. I still have and treasure a little wooden penguin that he gave to me when he came back from Cape Town.  In a way, I felt I lived somewhat vicariously through his experiences. I especially want his parents and loved ones to know that his work and dedication improved the health and saved the lives of thousands of people around the world. I will temember JR with love. 
Posted by Deborah Wexler on May 14, 2021
I was so sad to read that JR passed away. He was such a dear, kind, and gentle man. JR was the very first person I ever worked with from NACCHO and he was so tremendously helpful to the Immunization Action Coalition in those early days. JR helped IAC build strong connections with local public health departments during the many years we worked together. I am grieved that I will not hear from or see him again, but reading all these wonderful tributes warms my heart, and the photos of him put a smile on my face. He touched so many lives and I am honored that I got to be one of them.
Deborah Wexler, MD, executive director, Immunization Action Coalition
Posted by V Plain on May 14, 2021
I met JR in Nigeria in 1992-93 while I was a Fellow with the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH). He could relate to everyone he met and shared his perspectives on life through a straight no chaser filter. One of my fondest memories was when a group of the IFESH, Africare and Fulbright folks took a trip to Kano and Kaduna in northern Nigeria. We took a flight which proved to be a free fall experience when it came to the idea of passenger boarding! We explored the indigo pits with artisans and different cultural marketplaces. JR was a great example of how to adjust to new environments without losing yourself and being overwhelmed. His life journey was one of purpose, courage, humor and truth. I will miss him dearly.
Posted by Cindy W Brown on May 12, 2021
JR was my buddy. We met in FETP many years ago. He was just so insightful and opinionated that I wanted to know “who is this guy?” and I wanted to learn from him. He also has a sense of humor like no other. He made stops in Atlanta, when he could, just so we could have lunch while he was in the states. The Epi World has lost another great global public health solider and warrior. I will miss my friend/brother. My heart, prayers and condolences goes out to his family! GOD bless!!
Posted by Vincent Lafronza on May 12, 2021
I was one of the many fortunate NACCHO team members who experienced JR's inspiring spirit. My fondest memories of JR were when he would indelicately express his opinion on something we were working on at NACCHO. With wisdom well ahead of his age, he was on point, direct, with no holds barred, always ending his comments with that magical and unmistakable laugh. His approach never failed - we consistently improved our work products and our service to health departments. Years later, our paths crossed again in 2014 - we corresponded as JR expressed interest in starting a public health institute to serve the communities he was supporting (first in Kenya if memory serves). At that time I also encouraged him to return to the US and come work for NNPHI. I was wildly unsuccessful in that selfish attempt. Deep down I suspected JR was quite happy with his mission-driven work. On January 9, 2020 I sent my last note to JR on LinkedIn congratulating him on his new CDC role. I can think of no better work community with which to belong than our public health family - JR will always remain my family hero and role model and I'll carry his memory in my heart and mind. His commitment to humanity is awe inspiring.
Posted by Radha Rajan on May 12, 2021
I met JR in my first job after college, at NACCHO. He set an example for what a public health professional could be. Passionate and committed, didn't take himself too seriously, could find a moment to chuckle at that most might have missed, and cared deeply for the people around him. I didn't work directly with JR, but a few moments come to mind from our time at the office. We had a rotating chore for teams to take care of emptying the office kitchen dishwasher and on one of my turns I somehow ended up knocking over the shelf where all the mugs were stored, breaking about half of them. JR popped his head into my office soon after, and although I was mortified, he helped me see the lighter side - a couple mugs breaking wasn't the end of my career, or really even something to worry about. Similarly there was a day when he spilled something on his outfit while at work. Rather than be embarrassed by it, he went out to the most touristy of stands in DC, bought a white sweatshirt with big black letters "FBI" on it, and wore it with a straight face to the staff meeting, and throughout the rest of the day. We kept in touch sporadically in the years since I left NACCHO, and I was honored to hear about JR’s work. He was innovative, and he expected a high standard of work to ensure that we carefully tracked and managed response to the spread of preventable disease. And yet, he was so personable. The last message I have from JR was his enquiring how my cat was doing, because the name “Poe” for him had become synonymous for “Point of Entry” after a year of COVID response work. I think many of us could have benefitted from many more years of JR’s mentorship and life led by example. I am so grateful for the time we did have with him. 
Posted by Paul Etkind on May 12, 2021
We all have many "tourists" pass through our lives. They are people who show up, look this way and that, and leave. Little if any recognizable impression is left on those of us left behind.

I doubt that JR was a tourist in anyone's life. He made an impression in so many ways and in so many lives. His passion for Public Health, the tenets of social justice, his intelligence, his drive, his oh-so sly wit, and his singular ways were all measurable to those he met.

He kept his eye on the Big Picture. Examples include but are not limited to:
Productivity: Why work in an assigned office when he was more comfortable and productive working within the human energy of Lafayette Park?
Focus: Why let a civil war interfere with data collection, analysis and program evaluations?
Legacy: What could be better than training a new generation of epi's and public health field workers, and building/strengthening data and personnel infrastructure where neither had previously existed?
Humanity: Like all Master Teachers, he was always concerned with the well-being of his students/mentees. He was always concerned for the people his programs were trying to serve. The people he served never morphed into becoming statistics.

I worked with JR in Massachusetts; succeeded him at NACCHO, and kept in touch as he worked internationally. Like all who are participating in this tribute, I lost a little piece of myself with JR's departure, but that is more than balanced by all that his presence and example enriched and motivated me.



Posted by Dr. Oscar Alleyne on May 8, 2021
JR was a gentle yet formidable giant of a human being whose heartfelt presence was unmistakably felt the moment you met him. We started working together when I became active at NACCHO as a local epidemiologist in 2006 and he coordinated the infectious disease workgroup at the mothership.  We shared tons of ideas and I admired his professionalism, his drive and his "matter of factness."  We maintained contact when he left and started doing tremendous work in Africa. We have lost a great person of compassion and determination but we are richer for having known him, for having worked with him and for being able to call him a friend and colleague.
Posted by Salma Taher on May 7, 2021
I worked with JR in Juba, South Sudan since early 2020 through collaboration and support of the WHO, CDC and IOM with the Ministry of Health (MOH) on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) preparedness and most recently on the COVID-19 response. JR was the co-lead of the Epidemiology Surveillance technical working group and worked tirelessly to ensure that South Sudan is well-equipped and prepared in terms of surveillance and having systems in place to manage and control the pandemic in South Sudan. We even travelled in a convoy late last year from Juba to Nimule to monitor the point of entry and surveillance activities at the South Sudan and Uganda border. JR was an extremely hardworking, respectful and pleasant person to work with. He was always ready to support any new ideas and initiatives. He will truly be missed not just by me as a colleague but by all other humanitarians and the people in South Sudan where he last served. Go well JR. Rest In Peace
Posted by Michael Fraser on May 5, 2021
I fondly remember working with JR when I was working at the National Association of County and City Health Officials. JR was a special combination of profoundly serious, profoundly hilarious, and sometimes both within the span of one minute. He enriched our team by bringing thoughtful, careful, and incredibly insightful perspectives to our work. While we lost touch over the years, my memories of him are wonderful and he will of course be missed by many.

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Posted by Julia Joh Elligers on May 16, 2021
I met JR when I joined NACCHO fresh out of graduate school. At the time, I had a lot of passion and no professional experience. I was in complete awe of him and wanted to learn his ways because I could see that he was always channeling his passion into progress. I remember asking Carol Brown, how do I build those skills, because I so desired to make a difference. During the 7 years I worked with JR, I learned by observing him and conversing with him. We worked on our doctorates at the same time--he finished way before me of course--but our discussions of organizational dynamics, leadership, politics, and public health were always eye-opening and intellectually stimulating.

The last time I saw him was in Atlanta. He had returned from one of his trips, and I saw him walking toward the building through the window. I abruptly left my meeting to greet him at security. It was as if I saw a celebrity. We had dinner that night and he told me of the incredible work he was doing in South Sudan. I remember thinking how courageous he was and reflecting on how I could be more courageous and do more.

Since he passed, I have been sharing stories of JR's work with my two sons. I showed my 9 year old a video that played on Kenya TV that described the maternal and child health initiative JR spearheaded. My son asked me why JR was not in the video, and I explained that JR wouldn't have wanted to be displayed prominently... that the story was about Kenyans.

JR was unbelievably humble. He didn't work for glory. He worked to make other people's lives better. The world would be such a better place if we could all follow in his example. While he would have hated it while he was alive, I think we should all brag about how incredible he was, but not for too long, because there is still a lot of work to be done. I will think of him often when the work feels insurmountable or really frustrating, and remember to focus on the desired impact and continue to march forward.
Posted by Donna Brown on May 16, 2021
JR was once an indispensable participant in a successful effort by NACCHO, ASTHO (and others I may be missing) to persuade Congress to appropriate $100 million for health departments to prepare for a post-911 smallpox vaccination campaign. This was in 2002 or 2003, when biological terrorism was a big concern and the Bush Administration felt it had reason to be prepared for the use of the smallpox virus as a biological weapon. I went to JR”s office and said, “Can we figure out what it would cost local health departments to do what CDC is asking?” Before I knew it, he, other staff members, and the Immunization Work Group developed a cost estimation methodology, gathered detailed estimates from a selection of LHD’s, and wrote a research brief with a well-justified cost range. It was, needless to say, a lot more money than the Administration thought. But those data turned the tide and Congress voted what we asked for -- $100 million for health departments for this effort. That would not have happened without JR’s leadership and energy!
Posted by Gulzar Shah on May 16, 2021
My tenure at NACCHO overlapped with JRs. I learned a lot of things by observing him work and working with him. Once, the request came in, I think form chief executive (Pat. Libby), to do a quick qualitative analysis (it may have been the early Budget cut survey or H1N1 data)., with something needed by the next day. By training, I knew qualitative analysis cannot be completed that quickly. JP took it upon himself and had some results the next morning. "Never let the perfect be enemy of the goo," is what I remembered from that experience. He was a friend and a kind colleague.
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NACCHO Remembers JR online event - May 16 2021 - Chat log

NACCHO Remembers JR Ransom, May 16, 2021 – Chat log

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : hi everyone—thank you for joining. We are going to have a slide show while we wait for others to join.

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : It’s nice to see so many familiar faces

Debra Bryant to Everyone : Good afternoon all!

Michelle Zamperetti to Everyone : It is wonderful to see everyone - not under these circumstances, but so appreciative of you all making this happen.

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Everyone : Hello from Baltimore~ Radha Rajan, NACCHO 2002-2005

Lilly Kan to Everyone : Hi, everyone! So good to see familiar, friendly faces.

Paul Etkind, NH to Everyone : Echo that re: familiar faces!!

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Everyone : SO wonderful to reconnect, and to celebrate a wonderful colleague!

Pat Libbey to Everyone : Indeed - so glad to see so many friends

Jen Joseph to Everyone : same... SO nice...

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : Hi everyone—thank you for joining. We will let more people come on so we will wait a few minutes

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Everyone : Feel free to tell us where you are joining from in the chat!

Lawson to Everyone : I am her son

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Everyone : Hi Lawson!

Lawson to Everyone : hi

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : Hi everyone! Thank you for joining. We know many people RSVP’d so we will wait a few minutes to let everyone joi

Michelle Zamperetti to Everyone : He is 7

DMPOUX to Everyone : So nice to see you guys!!!

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : Feel free to introduce yourselves in the chat

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Everyone : Hi Danielle!

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : I’m Kathi. I worked with JR from 2002-2006. I usually live in San Francisco but I’m in Colorado visiting my pare

Richard to Everyone : Hi This is Richard Hofrichter (retired from NACCHO.

Nicole Smith (she/her) to Everyone : Hello, so honored to be with you all today. Nicole Smith (retired from CDC)

Sarah Manwell to Everyone : So many friendly faces! <3  I miss all of you!

Lilly Kan to Everyone : Hi, friends! It's Lilly (NACCHO) - currently Zooming in from NYC.

Rodney’s iPad to Everyone : Hi.  This is Rodney Cunningham (State Department).  I met JR in 1992, in Ibadan, Nigeria.

Volyia Plain to Everyone : Greetings from St Louis. I met JR from IFESH in the early 90's.

Vincent Lafronza to Everyone : Thanks for doing this, NACCHO lifelong friends... JR rocked it.

Debra Bryant to Everyone : Debra Bryant - close friend of JR.  Spent time in Nigeria and Ghana with JR.  Later became his personal assistant taking care of his life while he travelle

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : Rodney, we were talking about the passwords JR used for different survey software and Ibadan was one of the pass

Angela Boateng to Everyone : Hi everyone! Angela Boateng (nee Ablorh-Odjidja). Had the pleasure of working with JR and an amazing team of NACCHO colleagues from 2003-2010.

Navita Persaud to Everyone : Hi, everyone. I'm Navita and I'm in Miami. I worked at NACCHO from 2004-2007 w/ JR. It's really nice to see your faces.

Geof Swain to Everyone : This is Geof Swain, retired from the City of Milwaukee Health Dept and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.  I worked with JR on the NACCHO Immunizat

Rodney’s iPad to Everyone : @Katherine Schaff:  Neat!

Lilly Kan to Everyone : Debra - thank you sharing all the music that JR loved - this is the perfect soundtrack to remembering him!

Jen Joseph to Everyone : Fond memories of the IZ workgroup :-)

Eleanor Bergquist to Everyone : Hi all- I was lucky enough to work with JR when he was at NACCHO and I had just started at St. Louis County Department of Health. I can still hear his

Claire Valderama-Wallace (she/her) to Everyone : Hi all - I'm Claire joining from SF Bay Area. Worked at NACCHO 2005-2007

Debra Bryant to Everyone : The pleasure was all mine.

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : Yes so many fond memories

Claire Hannan to Everyone : Hi everyone It's Claire Hannan from AIM.  I was working at ASTHO when I met JR many years ago.

Sarah Manwell to Everyone : Sarah Manwell Worked at NACCHO from 2000-2011 as the Database gal.

Kim Thorburn to Everyone : Hi Everyone, Kim Thorburn still in Spokane, WA. Thank you, NACCHO. JR was so special.

Elligers, Julia to Everyone : Hi, This is Julia Joh Elligers. I worked with JR for most of his tenure at NACCHO.

Gulzar Shah to Everyone : Greeting, everyone. Thanks for the invite.

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : All of these photos are also up on this website—you can add your on photos and stories as well and we will make

Vincent Lafronza to Everyone : I was the 14th staff hired at NACCHO right after we added the second "C'. 1995-2005 decade, and will always remember JR's energy, great spirit, and pas

Michelle Zamperetti to Everyone : Hello Everyone - This is Michelle (Chuk) Zamperetti - I worked with JR from 2005 until he left NACCHO. This movie is wonderful and it is wonderful t

DMPOUX to Everyone : Hello, This is Danielle Poux. I was a part of the HR team that hired JR and remained friends with him after we both left NACCHO.

Elissa Laitin to Everyone : Hi, this is Elissa - I worked with JR at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He trained me in the Immunization Epi division at my first epi job

Lara Misegades to Everyone : Hi all - this is Lara Misegades. I first met JR while working at ASTHO.

Tasha Akitobi to Everyone : Good Afternoon Everyone!  Tasha Akitobi (Toby) here. I had the honor of crossing paths with JR at NACCHO during my time there 2007-2011. Nice to see every

Subha to Everyone : hi, This is Subha Chandar.  I overlapped with JR briefly at NACCHO but continued getting great advice from him well after we both moved on from NACCHO.  thank you

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Everyone : Hi this is Radha, I worked with JR when I was at NACCHO 2002-2005 and we continued to connect over our experience in global health, working in Ken

Gulzar Shah to Everyone : Hi all, I worked with JR briefly in 2008 amd have fond memories.

Sherry Zalika and Michael Jordan to Everyone : Hi this is a lifeline friend of JR’s from his days at Stanford to our intertwining lives from then on in California, DC, Boston, Nigeri

Eli Briggs (she/her) to Everyone : Hi, Eli Briggs, I joined NACCHO in 2006. I only worked with JR a short time but he made such an impression.

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : Just a reminder that you can scroll to left corner and click on the microphone to mute yourself to eliminate any

Bevanne Bean-Mayberry to Everyone : Agreed, all work at 12am to 4am!

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : Radha you might be able to mute all people—I’m still hearing the music

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group(Direct Message) : I have muted all but Pat

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : ok thanks!

Jendayi Frazer to Everyone : This is Jendayi in Virginia but normally in Nairobi where I last saw J.R.  J.R. was a good friend and like a younger brother from our days as undergradua

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : Oh since you are host, when we get to the small groups can you break people into gr

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : Thank you Pat

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group(Direct Message) : Sure, I will switch host to you now and you can do the breakouts, then after we ret

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : ok thanks

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : for some reason I don’t see breakout rooms?

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : so weird

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group(Direct Message) : Yes I didn’t see them. I think it depends on which type of license you have to zoom

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : yes it’s a paid account

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group(Direct Message) : Hm, that is strange, but I didn’t see a small group function.  How do we pivot?

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group(Direct Message) : We can just skip the small groups and say we invite anyone who would like to share

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Jen Joseph(Direct Message) : I love how much you’re cracking up at this memory!

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : I think I just enabled the chats—not sure if it will work since the zoom is already

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group(Direct Message) : Ah, OK.  Well we can decide if we want to do open sharing at the end or small group

Elligers, Julia to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : after Richard is done, I don't think I need to explicitly hand it over to you for Kathi's tribute

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Elligers, Julia(Direct Message) : Yes, that’s fine. I will let her know in direct chat to pick up after Richard, no intro

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Elligers, Julia(Direct Message) : Oops, but yes got it

Lilly Kan to Everyone : So true, Kathi

Achal Bhatt, CDC to Everyone : loved his laughter. Hard to forget.

Elligers, Julia to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : are you going to do the other video afterwards?

Jacob to Everyone : I never knew when he slept.

michael fleenor to Everyone : Thanks, Patrick, Lilly, Cyndi and all the others for your reminiscences of JRs influence in our lives.  He was one hail fellow well-met whose influence

Elligers, Julia to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : we can do it later

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Elligers, Julia(Direct Message) : Yes, I can do it right before Nicole.  I will let her know

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Nicole Smith (she/her)(Direct Message) : Hi Nicole, we received one other video, which we’d like to play just before you speak.  Just wanted to let you know.

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : @Jacob I don’t think he slept. We all joked that he had multiple clones that did all his work because he got so.

Nicole Smith (she/her) to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : Great. Thanks for the heads up.

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group(Direct Message) : Hi Kathi, we will add in Claire Hannon’s video right after my ‘chat rain’ section.

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : ok!

Jeffrey Upperman to Everyone : All our kids have epi shirts…classic

Lilly Kan to Everyone : That is amazing, Jeffrey!

Debra Bryant to Everyone : I was charged with the task of getting all the shirts printed and boy was that an ordeal.

Michelle Zamperetti to Everyone : Debra that is amazing.

Lilly Kan to Everyone : Oh my gosh, Debra!

Angela Boateng to Everyone : @Debra wow!!!

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Everyone : Debra - you were such an amazing extension of JR!

Rodney’s iPad to Everyone : I suspect that JR bought those chocolates when I met him in Dubai.

Bevanne Bean-Mayberry to Everyone : Thank you so much, Debra!

Debra Bryant to Everyone : I worked at a school and one of the parents helped me work it all out.

Gulzar Shah to Everyone : Achal, thank you for sharing very inspiring memories.

Achal Bhatt, CDC to Everyone : Thank you for making those shirts Debra. As you can see my kids still wear them.

Lilly Kan to Everyone : Yes, Debra! JR preferred Kimpton Hotels, and I like them the most because of him.

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : Here are some of the songs that JR loved that Debra shared https://www.forevermissed.com/james-ransom/lifestory

Tasha Akitobi to Everyone : Unwaivering

Tiffany Tate to Everyone : Prolific

Achal Bhatt, CDC to Everyone : insightful

Robert Kim-Farley to Everyone : dedicated

Rodney’s iPad to Everyone : Dedicated

Jacob to Everyone : intelligent

Kate Neufeld (Grisard) to Everyone : Authentic

Librada Estrada to Everyone : Direct

Donna Brown to Everyone : driven

Vincent Lafronza to Everyone : direct and right on!

Alison Johnson CDC Tanzania to Everyone : passionate

Subha to Everyone : kind

Jen Joseph to Everyone : mentor

Kim Thorburn to Everyone : Passionate.

Nicole Smith (she/her) to Everyone : Achiever, expert, credibilityy

Sarah Manwell to Everyone : Witty and brilliant

Eli Briggs (she/her) to Everyone : committed

Pat Libbey to Everyone : expertise

Michelle Zamperetti to Everyone : dedicated

Elissa Laitin to Everyone : No nonsense

Lilly Kan to Everyone : Succint

Navita Persaud to Everyone : Sharp

Jeffrey Upperman to Everyone : connector

Deborah Wexler, IAC to Everyone : A wonderful connector

Angela Boateng to Everyone : dedicated

Elligers, Julia to Everyone : brilliant

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : so much impact

Mia Jackson to Everyone : JR did work he believed in

Elligers, Julia to Everyone : funny

Gulzar Shah to Everyone : Passionate

Robert Kim-Farley to Everyone : a joke over coffee

Bevanne Bean-Mayberry to Everyone : No, no, no, no. No!

Tiffany Tate to Everyone : Twinkling eyes, laughter, backpack

Nicole Smith (she/her) to Everyone : Immunization and Infectious Disease work group mtg

Donna Brown to Everyone : Smallpox vac costs - we needed numbers; he produced with lightning speed

Achal Bhatt, CDC to Everyone : food

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : when he learned to text message and would send texts all hours of the night complaining about how CNN was coveri

Cindy Phillips to Everyone : office chats

Jen Joseph to Everyone : Korean food in Las Vegas with Lilly and Poki

Mia Jackson to Everyone : Working on his website while sitting at a cafe

Sarah Manwell to Everyone : Laughing in his office

Michelle Zamperetti to Everyone : coffee shop (NACCHO East)

Tasha Akitobi to Everyone : Hallway chats

Jacob to Everyone : Naccho annaul Ohio

Librada Estrada to Everyone : NACCHO Annual staff meetings

Jeffrey Upperman to Everyone : Our boys Christening

Pat Libbey to Everyone : sharing a beer

Elissa Laitin to Everyone : calling physicians about reportable diseases

Rodney’s iPad to Everyone : Catching up, in person, after not seeing each other for a while.

Elligers, Julia to Everyone : next to the coffee pot

Eli Briggs (she/her) to Everyone : so humble, teaching me the infectious disease 101

Paul Etkind, NH to Everyone : Chasing after him to get oriented to my new job

Kim Thorburn to Everyone : Workgroup meeting in Seattle

Lilly Kan to Everyone : Going to see a Cirque du Soleil show (because we had somehow managed to snag free tix on an LHD site visit to Las Vegas)

Michelle Zamperetti to Everyone : IIt was!

Michelle Zamperetti to Everyone : IT WAS CARIBOU!

Michelle Zamperetti to Everyone : We called it "NACCHO EAST!)

Michelle Zamperetti to Everyone : Where we all had our meetings

Angela Boateng to Everyone : JR circling his finger over his head...going "zzzzzz" meaning that you are talking in circles or talking too much about nothing

Gulzar Shah to Everyone : A time when an impossible qualitative analysis was requested; by leadership at NACCHO,JR finished it overnight.

Eli Briggs (she/her) to Everyone : Love it Angela

Michael Smith to Everyone : Don't waste time..  Liva purposeful

Sherry Zalika and Michael Jordan to Everyone : Na wa o!!

Debra Bryant to Everyone : Rant Off!

Mia Jackson to Everyone : Thank you all for sharing; I have to sign off. Be well!

Jendayi Frazer to Everyone : Alabama

Sherry Zalika and Michael Jordan to Everyone : Selma

Debra Bryant to Everyone : Thank you for joining us.

Sherry Zalika and Michael Jordan to Everyone : Mobile

Sarah Manwell to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : Rhada we can see your notes

Librada Estrada to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : We can see your screen with the responses on the screen.

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : That is how I learned to spell schistosomiasis because it was our surveymonkey password

Sarah Manwell to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : I think you only want to be showing your slide and not the whole thing. We can see the slide, next animation and notes.

Michelle Zamperetti to Everyone : The adult literacy one was one that I knew about!

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : I remember the monkeypox! And then there was a prarie dog pox and people were getting it from kissing their pet

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : We will have one more speaker and then time for anyone else to share

Elligers, Julia to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : I can transition from this one to Nicole and to open session

Pat Libbey to Everyone : Ha! I had forgotten about the prarie dog pox

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Julia Joh Elligers(Direct Message) : Sounds good!

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : He told me he started drinking coffee when he was in 5th grade because he’d fix a cup for his grandma and then w

Gulzar Shah to Everyone : JR would rather be candid and correct, rather than politically correct. He taught a few things that have helped me tremendously in my career.

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Sarah Manwell(Direct Message) : Oops - and thanks!  Some screen sharing learning to go…

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Librada Estrada(Direct Message) : Oops - and thanks!  Some screen sharing learning to go…

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : We will be trying to post everything here and making sure JR’s friends and family knows about the site. Please f

Vincent Lafronza to Everyone : JR did not give up when he felt strongly about what needs to be done in public health. I remember that well at our time with NACCHO. That was one of hi

Eli Briggs (she/her) to Everyone : He pushed without being pushy, which I try to emulate.

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : But I thought he was one of the best managers! I loved working him. :)

Debra Bryant to Everyone : He did not enjoy babysitting adults.

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : *for him

Lilly Kan to Everyone : Eli - one of the e-mails (that we didn't include), was whether we thought he was pushy and aggressive (because someone who didn't know him very well said he w

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Tiffany Tate(Direct Message) : Hi Tiffany, I see your hand raised. Would you like to share a memory during the open share?  We will move into that portion of

Michelle Zamperetti to Everyone : Thank you so much for making this event happen. I have to sign off, unfortunately - but I appreciate the memorial and the opportunity to see so many

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : thank you MIchelle! So good to see you

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group(Direct Message) : As we move from Nicole to open share, could you prompt the Last chat rain: How will

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group(Direct Message) : People can chat that or speak it during the open share

Sherry Zalika and Michael Jordan to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : I would like to say a few words

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Sherry Zalika and Michael Jordan(Direct Message) : Sure - we will have an open share and I will note to Kathi that you would like to start off.

Claire Hannan to Everyone : So well said Nicole.  He believed in us and we need to pay if forward!

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Julia Joh Elligers(Direct Message) : Sherry Zalika would like to share next

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : Hi all—the last chat prompt we wanted to ask of everyone is How will you live out JR’s memory?

Lilly Kan to Everyone : We won't let you off the workgroup, Tiffany!

DMPOUX to Everyone : Seek to be of service to those who have been forgotten!

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Everyone : I’ll live out JR’s memory with a conscious effort to send my colleagues and friends a line every so often, without any reason but to say hello

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : I do remember so many times when JR was able to get info, talking points, analysis, etc out about flu vaccine sh

Geof Swain to Everyone : I had several key professional publications with JR (and other terrific colleagues that JR connected me with).  In one of those articles JR inserted what I t

Elligers, Julia to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : do you want to do the one last chat rain at the end

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : Radha I love your answer. I think I will take that too—to keep connection to others as a priority and to connect

Lilly Kan to Everyone : I will honor JR by cutting to the chase, telling it like it is, and keeping in touch with colleagues (no matter how much time passes).

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Elligers, Julia(Direct Message) : Last chat rain is in progress in the chat. Kathi prompted it there. You can mention it as you pass to the next open share p

Elligers, Julia to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : I must have missed it. thanks

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Elligers, Julia(Direct Message) : And after Sherry, Tiffany Tate

Alison Yoos to Everyone : Hi all, thanks for hosting. I worked with JR in Kenya with CDC. He was one of the first people to give me advice on my new position there. He continued to d

Elligers, Julia to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : I'm not keeping gup.

Elligers, Julia to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : Roger... Sherry

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Elligers, Julia(Direct Message) : I got you!

Tasha Akitobi to Everyone : I will honor JR by never being ashamed to demand excellence.

Debra Bryant to Everyone : JR believed you should evolve into something different after 7years.

Kim Thorburn to Everyone : I'm gonna' keep caring.

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : @Cindy, I remember when JR and I were going to drive from San Francisco to Shasta County and neither of us had d

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Elligers, Julia(Direct Message) : After Tiffany, Angela

Achal Bhatt, CDC to Everyone : @katherine I think I was with you on that trip to Shasta County

Elligers, Julia to Radha Rajan (she/her)(Direct Message) : Angela is next, right because Tiffany went already

Eli Briggs (she/her) to Everyone : sorry, need to hop off. Thank you all

Vincent Lafronza to Everyone : Thanks so much for bringing us together - I believe JR would approve of that. Stay well.

Navita Persaud to Everyone : I have to sign off, but wanted to say thanks for including me and putting together today's celebration. It was great to see everyone. Take good care.

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Elligers, Julia(Direct Message) : You’re right

Cindy Phillips to Everyone : @Kathy. Yes, I pictured no good coming from the two of you trying to make your way on CA roads - you probably would have just stopped for coffee and have

Jacob to Everyone : Thanks again for bring us together.  Stay well and continue JR's work to improve the world in all spheres..

Kate Neufeld (Grisard) to Everyone : Thanks to everyone for putting this event together and sharing your wonderful memories of JR. I have to head off but I appreciate the chance to s

Deborah Wexler, IAC to Everyone : Thank you for holding this memorial in JRs memory. It was an honor to listen to the stories about our wonderful friend.

Sherry Zalika and Michael Jordan to Everyone : Sorry seems we were disconnected . Thank you NACCHO!! He lived you guys!!

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Everyone : Angela, what insight - always sleeves rolled up and ready to get to work!

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Everyone : Thank you for your words, Sherry and Michael!

Alison Johnson CDC Tanzania to Everyone : What a wonderful tribute to JR.  What an impact he had on all of us and the world.  Will never forget his laugh.

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Everyone : To all, Thank you for celebrating JR with us!

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Everyone : Continue to connect: JR’s tribute site: https://www.forevermissed.com/james-ransom

NACCHO ‘Classic’ Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173573106391539

Tasha Akitobi to Everyone : MCH World Domination!

Tiffany Tate to Everyone : It is wonderful to see and hear from everyone.  JR connecting us all again...

Nicole Smith (she/her) to Everyone : The Look!!!

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : Angela you have the look down!!

Nandi Marshall to Everyone : I am so glad I was able to log on for a bit. ❤️

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : I think JR just got the best out of everyone because he’d tell you to do things and not give you time to doubt y

Librada Estrada to Everyone : Yes Kathy!

Radha Rajan (she/her) to Everyone : Thank you for celebrating JR with us! Continue to connect: JR’s tribute site: https://www.forevermissed.com/james-ransom

NACCHO ‘Classic’ Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173573106391539

Elligers, Julia to Everyone : How will you live out JR’s memory?

Lilly Kan to Everyone : Thanks, Julia. It's been so good to connect with so many of you in different ways since we've gotten the news. I know we'll continue to cross paths.

Sherry Zalika and Michael Jordan to Everyone : Take the time to send emails and cards and letters to those who I care about.

Jeffrey Upperman to Everyone : Thank you NACCHO for our honoring our friend, brother and colleague.

Donna Brown to Everyone : In JR’s memory, I’m going to keep reminding myself never to stop pushing.

Nicole Smith (she/her) to Everyone : Be focused and caring (stay connected)

Paul Etkind, NH to Everyone : Always consider the social justice aspect of whatever I'm working on or advocating for.

Tiffany Tate to Everyone : His legacy for me: Be bold, fearless, generous, and fair.

Pat Libbey to Everyone : Thanks so much for bringing this together

Jendayi Frazer to Everyone : Live authentically

Paul Etkind, NH to Everyone : So good to spend this time with all of you!

Katherine Schaff (she/her) Berkeley Media Studies Group to Everyone : Stay connected to people and reach out just to say hi. I wish I could emulate his unflappable, calm nature and laughter in the face of challenges.

Elligers, Julia to Everyone : I will continue to share stories for JR's impact and continue the work.  Hugs to you all

Claire Hannan to Everyone : To honor JR, I am going to become more of a connoisseur of chocolate and coffee.  LOL  And I am going to stay connected to and continue to support and encourage all my colleagues.

Sherry Zalika and Michael Jordan to Everyone : Thank you NACCHO!

Gulzar Shah to Everyone : Thank you to organizers and other colleagues.

Achal Bhatt, CDC to Everyone : Continue the work and remember to connect and laugh. Thank you for organizing.

Jen Joseph to Everyone : Love it Claire

Claire Hannan to Everyone : Thank you NACCHO!

Kim Thorburn to Everyone : It was really special to be included. Thank you, NACCHO.

Jen Joseph to Everyone : Thank you colleagues and friends. A wonderful tribute to an amazing life.

Nicole Smith (she/her) to Everyone : Thank you all!

Librada Estrada to Everyone : My initial response - travel more, enjoy good coffee and chocolate.

Librada Estrada to Everyone : Thank you for organizing this time!

Tasha Akitobi to Everyone : Thank you guys!

Cindy Phillips to Everyone : Thanks to the planners. I miss my NACCHO colleagues.

Joel Armstrong to Everyone : Thank you for sharing those memories of JR.

Nandi Marshall to Everyone : Thank you for this!!

DMPOUX to Everyone : Great to see all of you. Thank you Julia, Kathi, Radha, Lily for the extraordinary job you did of pulling this together!

Sarah Manwell to Everyone : I will honor JR by continuing to live a life of service. Bye NACCHO fam. Miss you all!



JR's love for music

One side of JR that some of us have heard about but haven't seen as much in an office setting is he love of music. We've heard stories about him playing guitar and being a fabulous dancer. We wanted to share some of the music that JR loved. If you are missing him, hopefully these songs will bring you closer to him and maybe if staying up listening to this is part of what helped JR be so prolific and productive, it will rub off on all of us. His dear friend Debra passed along this: 

Here are two links of the type of music (Quiet Story Love Ballads) JR really enjoyed and did his best work while he was up all hours of the night.  Who knew right?  He also liked some hip hop along the way too.

A story about Yambio

This is from an email from JR in 2018: 

This is a nice story from my adopted home town. I really enjoyed working and living in Yambio. 

Apologies that I cannot paste in the story b/c it is full of photos. 
Recent stories

JR had a simple life adupting to all conditions of living

Shared by muki johnson on June 4, 2021
Dr JR had even endured living in Yambio, Kajokeji and we had lived in more remote places with less or no good living conditions very remote setting like in South Sudan where I used to mind about him allot while in the field sites I could ask him all times....
 
Are you okay JR?
 
He would tell me Muki am more       comfortable than you are hahaha with his usual smill.. 

He is ever smiling and his usual word after any success we made. Super done Muki Sukuran... (Sukuran in Arabic means thank you)...

JR will be missed allot for his contribution to South Sudan public health sector development..

I am collecting some of the photos and will post soon.

MISS YOU JR

Personal experience with Dr JR Ransom Anthony in South Sudan

Shared by muki johnson on June 4, 2021
Dr. JR Anthony, your memories are just in my minds and always dreams remembering how we used to crack jocks while in office, in field sites,  through our adhock meetings, work progresses, and during successes for all the last 11 years. Please REST IN FAVORITE PEACE. You have done allot of professional developments in the South Sudan public health sector and to my personal life. My endless tears. I remember when we drove together to Juba International Air port till that day on 24th March 2021, So now I just listen to your recorded voices and seeing pictures not real you physically again .... Oh God hold my heart.....

Your best Friend Muki Johnson is missing You allot..

Passing my class at Hopkins after Stanford 1990-91

Shared by Bevanne (Beany) Bean-Mayb... on May 16, 2021
Jr and I became family-friends at Stanford and then attended Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene at the same time. JR was in International Health while I was in Population Dynamics. During that time, I took a graduate level immunology class which I was totally unprepared for (before med school or my pre-med requirements). For a full quarter, JR worked with me in an empty basement classroom in the School of Hygiene and retaught the lectures, OR RATHER, he listened to my interpretation of each lecture and CORRECTED my erroneous thinking without ever making me feel ignorant or ill-equipped (although I was). I passed that class due to JR reteaching me with humor and aplomb, while never appearing to be bothered by my questions or misunderstandings.