Alan Cross, MD, died peacefully on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at his home with family. Dr. Cross was a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine for more than thirty years, most recently as professor and vice chair of the Department of Social Medicine, professor of pediatrics, and professor of maternal and child health in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He served as interim chair of the Department of Social Medicine from 2007 to 2009. He was also director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP, a CDC Prevention Research Center), serving for 12 years from 1992 to 2003.
Dr. Cross had a passion for medicine, service, health disparities research, education, and social justice. A pediatrician by training, he continued to serve as a primary care clinician throughout his career. He spent several years working with community clinics in Nairobi, Kenya and served on the board of directors for Carolina for Kibera for many years.
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A memorial service for Dr. Cross will be held Saturday, February 18th at 2:00 pm at the Grumman Auditorium of the Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Dr. Chapel Hill, NC. A reception will follow from 3 to 4:30, also at the Friday Center.