Dr Thom Dooley

Tom Dooley – a Catholic whose humanitarian work has led to attempts to have him canonized as a Catholic saint. These attempts were not successful – but then, for the genitally fixated social conservatives, once a person has been fingered as same-sex attracted, nothing else in her/his life can possibly be of any value.

This is what I found interesting about Tom Dooley:

He was born on 17th January 1927 and died from cancer on 18th January 1961 at the age of 34. He became famous for his humanitarian and anti-communist works inSouth-East Asia in the 1950′s.

He was schooled at St. Louis University High Schooland attended college at the University of Notre Dame in 1944 and went to work in a naval hospital inNew York. After he returned to college and graduated he reenlisted in the navy and in 1954 he was assigned to the USS Montague and travelled toVietnam to help evacuate refugees.

In March 1956 he left the navy and travelled to Laos, North-East Thailand, to establish medical centres with the help of the International Rescue Committee. He founded MEDICO (Medical International Cooperation Organization) under which he built various hospitals across the region.

He returned to the US in 1959 for treatment of cancer and died in 1961 from a malignant melanoma. He was awarded the Gold Medal of Honour and there were failed efforts to have him canonized as a saint of the Catholic Church. He also inspired American President John F. Kennedy to set up the Peace Corps.

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