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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg to receive Harvard public health award

By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who has championed bans on cigarette smoking in restaurants and bars and banished trans fats from restaurant menus, is receiving the highest award bestowed by the Harvard School of Public Health.

Bloomberg, a native of Medford, will receive the Richmond Award in a ceremony Oct. 29 at Harvard. The award is named for Dr. Julius Richmond, an emeritus professor at Harvard who served as US surgeon general from 1977 to 1981 and was the first national director of the Head Start program.

Along with his campaigns against smoking and fatty foods, Bloomberg has been lauded -- and, in some camps, vilified -- for his efforts to keep illegal guns off the street, a passion shared by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Most recently, the New York mayor has embraced aggressive measures to curtail pollution in the city, raising the specter of charging drivers who venture onto Manhattan's traffic-clogged streets.

Bloomberg is no stranger to schools of public health: He has one named for him. His financial backing led Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to call its school the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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