Harrogate, Tennessee, August 30, 2018—Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) mourns the loss of Remote Area Medical (RAM) founder Stan Brock.
RAM announced the passing of the global humanitarian yesterday. Brock pioneered the use of mobile medical clinics to deliver health care services to people in remote, isolated and underserved communities around the globe. During Brock’s 33-year tenure with RAM, more than 740,000 people received free dental, vision and medical services, all provided by more than 120,000 dedicated volunteers.
LMU was lucky to be afforded the opportunity to host several of those clinics.
“The Lincoln Memorial University community is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend Stan Brock,” said Dr. Jody Goins, vice president for enrollment, athletics and public relations. “Stan’s vision for Remote Area Medical made this world a better place. His steadfast dedication to serving underserved populations and mobilizing volunteers was awe-inspiring. As a proud partner of RAM, LMU vows to ‘never forget the mission.’ We look forward to celebrating Stan’s life and honoring his legacy by hosting our next clinic in June 2019.”
LMU hosted its first RAM clinic in 2006. Since then the two organizations have partnered to deliver nearly $2 million worth of services to 5,501 people. Additionally, 1,641 animals have been spayed or neutered during RAM events at LMU. Brock was on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, for the two organizations’ most recent collaboration in June.
Born in Preston, Lancashire, England in 1936, Brock moved to British Guiana (now Guyana) in 1952. Through 1968, Brock managed The Dadanawa Ranch. He moved to the United States to begin a career in television and entertainment. He co-hosted NBC’s Emmy winning series, “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom,” alongside Marlin Perkins and starred in full-length films, including “Escape from Angola” (1976) and “Galyon: The Indestructible Man” (1980).
After achieving national fame, Brock founded RAM in 1985. RAM was initially founded to serve as a safety net provider of free medical care in remote areas of developing countries like Guyana, but Brock began receiving requests to operate medical clinics in the United States. This ultimately led to the first American RAM clinic in Sneedville, Tennessee, in 1992. Today, Nearly 90% of all RAM operations take place domestically.
RAM will host a Celebration of Life Service in the coming weeks to honor Brock. Details are forthcoming and will be announced on RAM’s social media pages and at RAMUSA.org. In lieu of flowers, Brock requested that donations be sent to Remote Area Medical in his memory.
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