Dr. Anthony Fauci ’58, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, returned to Regis on May 9 to share details of his groundbreaking work and reflect on his time at the school. In his position since 1984, Fauci oversees research efforts to prevent, diagnose, and treat established infectious diseases as well as emerging ones.
Fauci met with a group of Regis students considering careers in science and medicine. He answered questions from the students on a range of topics, from his involvement in the fight against the AIDS epidemic to attempts to combat the spread of Ebola.
“They’re just incredibly bright kids,” Fauci said after visiting with the Regians.
That evening, Regis President Fr. Daniel K. Lahart, SJ, hosted a conversation with Fauci at the President’s Dinner, an annual reception for the school’s most generous benefactors. Fauci fascinated the audience with details of his work with the last six presidents and spoke on a variety of public health issues. He also fondly reminisced about his long commute from the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, his stint as captain of the basketball team, and the rigorous academic challenges he experienced at Regis.
“I’m multiple, multiple decades out of Regis, and I’ve been to some seriously good institutions, and I’ve been involved in a lot of academic things,” Dr. Fauci said. “And I can say absolutely honestly that Regis High School is the best educational period that I could ever possibly imagine having.”
Fauci said that when he thinks about the experiences and places that influenced him, Regis tops the list. “It is just absolutely the core of how I conduct myself,” he said. “It really started right here.”
You can watch Dr. Fauci’s full conversation with Fr. Lahart below: