Warren Berggren; MPH 1963, DPH 1967; died January 30, 2015
Dr. Warren Berggren died peacefully in Golden, CO, surrounded by loved ones. He is survived by wife Gretchen, children Ruth Berggren and Jeannie Tanski, 2 sisters and 4 grandchildren . Born on a Nebraska farm, he received an MD from U. Nebraska, a PhD from Harvard and served as medical missionary to Congo. A strong proponent of health as a human right, he founded a program at Schweitzer Hospital, Haiti, that eradicated neonatal tetanus. From 1967-1998 he was Harvard faculty. For ten years he was a Save the Children Health Director, also consulting for governments, USAID, UNICEF, World Relief, and the Colorado Haiti Project, in 26 countries. Warren was recognized by many governments for community health, and received lifetime awards from the U. of Co Center for Global Health, American Public Health Assoc., President Clinton, and an International Health Award from Mother Theresa. He held close the principle that no-one, not even the poorest or most disenfranchised, be excluded from health and education services. Memorial services will be set for June. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Colorado Haiti Project: coloradohaitiproject.org.
Published in the Denver Post on February 2, 2015
We are very sorry to announce the death of Warren Berggren, MD on January 30, 2015. Warren, with his wife Gretchen Berggren, MD, lived in Haiti for more than two decades, developing a deep and abiding love for the Haitian people. Among many other things, Warren and Gretchen were known for their pioneering work to diminish the hold of tetanus in Haiti through assertive vaccination programs, and they were honored by their alma maters the University of Nebraska and the Harvard School of Public Health, among other institutions, for their lives of international service.
Warren was the recipient of the Colorado Haiti Project’s “Ted Lewis Award for Excellence” in 2012, when he was honored for the vision he brought to the next stage of development of the Colorado Haiti Project’s health initiatives. Due in large part to Warren’s sense of possibilities and relationship-building when he was a Colorado Haiti Project board member, we are now implementing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Haitian Ministry of Health, along with the Diocese of Haiti and a community council. It is fitting that at the time of Warren’s passing, there were Colorado Haiti Project US staff on their way to Petit Trou de Nippes to begin a year of intense focus on improvements in the health status of our Haitian community.
Please hold in prayer Warren, Gretchen, their daughters and their extended family, and all those who were so impacted by Warren’s life of service.
– – Sharon Caulfield
A service will be held this Sunday, February 8th, at the Episcopal Church of Transfiguration in Evergreen, CO at 10:15 am.
This will be a regular Sunday service, at which they will be blessing his ashes. Gretchen asked that we share our prayers with her if anyone is able to attend.
Gretchen has also scheduled an additional Memorial Service June 6th where loved ones, friends and our CHP family will be able to share our many fond memories of Warren. Additional details including time and location will be posted as they come available.