The Most Important Death Of 2016 Is The One No One Is Talking About

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As we say goodbye to 2016, we are remembering all of those that we lost during the year. Prince. Bowie. Carrie Fisher. George Michael. Sadly, the list goes on and on.

Amongst our own personal family and friend groups, we remember our own loved ones who passed away. But in the world of entertainment, we all come together as a group to say goodbye to the celebrities and famous people who died.

It feels like the end of 2016 was a rough one, with George Michael, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds all passing away within days of each other. While we will miss these talented souls dearly, there is one death from 2016 that almost no one talked about.

Dr. Donald Henderson passed away on August 19, 2016. You probably saw that name and said who? Don’t feel too bad, so did I, and it seems many others as well.

Dr. Henderson was an epidemiologist who journeyed for 10 years across the world in an effort to eradicate smallpox. And he was successful!

Yes, smallpox, the disease that is estimated to have killed 300 million people, in the 20th century alone. So it seems, Dr. Henderson played a big part in the healthy lives we all live today.

Dr. Henderson served as the Chief of the CDC virus disease surveillance programs from 1960 to 1965. At the time of his 10-year travel, smallpox was still widely spreading in areas like Brazil and many countries in Africa and South Asia.

His work is credited as responsible for the eradication of this disease and the implementation of child vaccines across the world as a preventative measure.

In the video below, you can learn more about the work Dr. Henderson did and remember this incredibly brave and hardworking man as we say goodbye to 2016.

[H/T: Indy100]

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