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The 2012 S. Amjad Hussain Visiting Lecture in the History of Medicine and Surgery will bring to life the legacy of a man who has a rich history of service to his community, the United States and beyond.

The University of Toledo will celebrate the life of Paul Block Jr., former publisher of The Blade, with “A Confluence of Science, Journalism and Civic Leadership” Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 5 p.m. in Health Education Building Room 110 on Health Science Campus.

Dr. Maurice Manning, Distinguished University Professor of Biochemistry and Cancer, will share the story and legacy of Block. He will discuss Block’s accomplishments and the significant role he played in the development of Toledo and northwest Ohio, helping to found the Medical College of Ohio. MCO later became the Medical University of Ohio and went on to merge with The University of Toledo in 2006. An accomplished journalist and chemist, Block was instrumental in shaping perceptions of the region and helping it flourish.

“Through all of his successes, Mr. Block was known to be a modest man,” Hussain said. “It is with great honor that The University of Toledo is able to remember and embrace Mr. Block’s fascinating legacy. The lecture series always touches on an important component of the history of science and medicine, and I couldn’t think of anyone who represents it better than Mr. Block.”

This is part of the fourth annual lecture created in honor of Hussain, professor emeritus of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, member of the UT Board of Trustees, and columnist for The Blade. The free, public series is designed to highlight Hussain’s interest in many diverse fields, including the history of medicine.

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