“On behalf of The Sage Colleges, I would like to extend our condolences to the people of Thailand and the members of the royal family for the loss of their beloved father and King, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand,” said President of The Sage Colleges Susan C. Scrimshaw.

“My father, Dr. Nevin S. Scrimshaw, had the honor of serving the people of Thailand in his role as a health and nutrition advisor to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and was further honored for that service by being knighted by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2004. He also served on the Prince Mahidol Foundation Awards Committee from 1992 until his death in 2013. King Rama IX Bhumibol Adulyadej founded the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation on January 1, 1992 on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the birth of his father, Prince Mahidol, The award is given annually in two categories to international personalities or organizations for outstanding progress in medicine and for the active promotion of public health. In addition to the actual award, the Fund also promotes the memory of Prince Mahidol, who is regarded as the father of modern medicine and public health of Thailand,” explained President Scrimshaw.

“The Sage Colleges was also honored by the visits of his daughter, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand in 2009 and in 2012 when she delivered Sage’s commencement address and was granted an honorary doctorate. We have also created a nursing scholarship in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for Thai students at The Sage Colleges,” continued President Scrimshaw.

“We send our deepest sympathies and caring thoughts to all those in Thailand,” exclaimed President Scrimshaw. “May they be comforted by peaceful and warm remembrances of the King in the days to come, and may the legacy of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej live on in their hearts.”

President Susan Scrimshaw is available for comment.

Media Contact: Deanna Cohen, director of external relations, The Sage Colleges, (518) 244-4593 (O), (518) 598-4927 (C), email: cohend2@sage.edu


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