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Elisha Atkins ’71

Elisha, a physician whose commitment to social causes led him to primary care and community medicine, died Aug. 7, 2019.

A history major and conscientious objector to the draft during his time at Swarthmore, “Skip” later earned a medical degree from the University of Connecticut and a master of public health from Harvard. Proficient in five languages, Skip was a fierce advocate for immigrant and refugee patients at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Chelsea Healthcare Center, where he spent most of his career. In 2009, he received a Partners in Excellence Award for Outstanding Performance and Commitment to Excellence.

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