After coming to prominence as the unofficial doctor for Native American activists who occupied San Francisco’s Alcatraz Island in 1969, epidemiologist LARRY BRILLIANT, MPH’77, was cast in the 1971 film “Medicine Ball Caravan.” Compensation for the cast included trips to India, which Brilliant, his wife, and some others turned into a road trip from Europe to south Asia to perform humanitarian work. Brilliant eventually joined the regional World Health Organization team in India team to combat smallpox. Brilliant continues to fight disease and other global issues through his philanthropic work, including a stint as the first director of the charitable arm of Google and being CEO of the Pandefense Advisory organization.
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