Profile: Former Navy Flier Who Fights Malaria for the President

Posted October 21, 2014 at 5:00am

The New York Times writes of Rear Adm. R. Timothy Ziemer, a former Navy flier, who runs President Obama’s Malaria Initiative: “After a knee-to-knee chat with this hamlet’s chief in the local malaria clinic as rain hammered the tin roof, Rear Adm. R. Timothy Ziemer reached into his pocket for his usual thank-you gift.”  

The piece continues: “Accepting the thick gold-colored coin with President Obama’s face on it, the chief looked as thrilled as if he had won the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”  

The piece adds: “The moment illustrates how this 67-year-old retired Navy flier who is the coordinator of the President’s Malaria Initiative gets things done: on the ground, with little cash and less fanfare, in faraway African and Asian villages.”  

“Although he does nothing to court publicity in status-obsessed Washington, many malaria fighters call him one of the most quietly effective leaders in public health.”