FHI 360 is deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend and colleague Willard (Ward) Cates Jr., MD, MPH, Distinguished Scientist and President Emeritus of FHI 360. Dr. Willard Cates Jr. joined FHI 360 in 1994, and oversaw a robust program in reproductive health and HIV prevention research, served as co-principal or principal investigator of several major grants. He authored or co-authored more than 450 scientific publications, including 170 original contributions, and received several honors for his global leadership in HIV prevention, research and reproductive health.
Cates came to FHI 360 after two decades at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he helped lead its family planning, STD/HIV and epidemiology training units. He was an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Emory University’s School of Public Health. He was also a member of the Institute of Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and Past President of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. He sat on the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Scientific Expert Panel. Cates was Director of a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre both at the CDC and at FHI 360 and served as Chair of the Executive Committee for the National Institutes of Health’s HIV Prevention Trials Network for more than a decade.
Cates had an undergraduate degree in history from Yale University and a master’s degree in modern European history from Cambridge University. He received a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degree, both from Yale University.