Eugene Feingold, an active member of the regional and national
public health community, died Oct. 13 in Ann Arbor. He was 71.
Feingold, professor emeritus of health management and policy at the School of
Public Health, was a past president of the
American Public Health Association and past chair of
the board of directors of the Michigan League for Human Services.
He chaired Educators for Tobacco-Free Investments by TIAA-CREF, and was a
member of the boards of directors of M-CARE and
the Corner Health Center, a medical care and health education center for adolescents
in Ypsilanti. He chaired the advisory committee of the U-M Robert Wood Johnson
Clinical Scholars Program until his death.
As a full-time faculty member at the School
of Public Health, where he spent most of his professional career, Feingold taught about
the politics of health care and chaired his department. He also served as acting dean and
associate dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
He was a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's
Council on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the Core Public Health Functions
Steering Committee, and other federal and state advisory committees. Feingold consulted
for various government agencies dealing with
the organization and financing of health care.
Feingold was a member of the national
board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and earned the Jerome
Strong Award in 2001 for his service to the ACLU
of Michigan. He was active in community organizations concerned with civil liberties,
poverty and racial discrimination.
Feingold was a past member of the State of Michigan Medical Care Advisory Council
and a past consultant to the Michigan Governor's Task Force on Access to Health Care. He
represented the state on the board of directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, where
he headed a committee that developed and implemented a new system of hospital payment.
His published works include a book on Medicare and articles on health care reform,
national health insurance, Medicaid, comprehensive health planning, neighborhood health
centers and racial discrimination in housing. Feingold received research grants and
fellowships from the Brookings Institution, the Walter E. Meyer Research Institute of Law,
the New World Foundation, the U.S. Public Health Service, the National Science
Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Feingold received his doctorate in politics from Princeton University
in 1960 and his J.D. from U-M in 1992. No funeral service is planned.
Contributions in Feingold's name may be made to the ACLU Fund of