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Research!America honors Mary Fogarty McAndrew

November / December 2019 | Volume 18, Number 6

Mary Fogarty McAndrew speaks into a microphone in reception tent, displays with photos of Congressman John Fogarty in background
Photo by Andrew Propp for Fogarty/NIH

Mary Fogarty McAndrew, daughter of Fogarty’s namesake, the late Congressman John E. Fogarty, is being honored by Research!America for her health advocacy domestically and around the globe. McAndrew will receive the Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award at Research!America’s annual advocacy awards dinner on March 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Past recipients of the award include former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

As chair of the appropriations subcommittee with oversight of NIH funding, Rep. Fogarty was a champion for research. Under his leadership, the NIH budget increased from $37 million in 1949 to $1.24 billion at the time of his sudden death in 1967. Since then, McAndrew has carried on her father’s efforts as a staunch research advocate and as chair of the John E. Fogarty Foundation for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, headquartered in Providence, R.I.

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