Council Commentary

Population Council Mourns Death of Public Health Leader Ward Cates Jr.

The Population Council mourns the passing of Willard (Ward) Cates Jr., MD, MPH, a long-time friend of the Council and President Emeritus and Distinguished Scientist of FHI360.

Cates was an innovative scientist, researcher, and public health leader, particularly in the fields of HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health. During his impressive career, which spanned five decades, he made indelible contributions to the field, and leaves a legacy that will continue to inspire to future generations.