September 2, 2005: Headlines: COS - Uganda: Obituaries: Lansing State Journal: Uganda RPCV Rosalind (Prophet) Brannigan dies in Michigan

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Uganda RPCV Rosalind (Prophet) Brannigan dies in Michigan

Uganda RPCV Rosalind (Prophet) Brannigan dies in Michigan

Brannigan, who grew up on Beech Street in East Lansing, graduated from Michigan State University in 1965 and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda for about two years.

Uganda RPCV Rosalind (Prophet) Brannigan dies in Michigan

East Lansing native was an advocate for health

By Kevin Grasha
Lansing State Journal

Memorial services for Rosalind (Prophet) Brannigan will be held Sept. 8 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Even after learning she had inoperable lung cancer, Rosalind (Prophet) Brannigan continued to work as a public health advocate.

The East Lansing native died Aug. 19 at her home in Arlington, Va. She was 63.

Brannigan was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2003 - 38 years after she quit smoking.

But for a year, the vice president of Drug Strategies, a nonprofit that promotes ways to combat substance abuse, kept working nine to five.

She also swam nearly every day to keep up her physical conditioning during chemotherapy treatments.

In December 2004, Brannigan began focusing solely on increasing awareness of lung cancer, a disease that kills more people than almost every other cancer combined.

In an op-ed article picked up by several newspapers this year, she wrote:

"Smokers, former smokers, and others at risk of lung cancer should ask their physicians about screening options, so that they can be diagnosed earlier than Peter Jennings - and I."

Brannigan, who grew up on Beech Street in East Lansing, graduated from Michigan State University in 1965 and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda for about two years.

In 1989, she joined the National Leadership Coalition on AIDS at a time when people were being fired for just having the disease.

She developed workplace programs for the FBI, the National Funeral Directors Association, the South African mining industry and others.

She was proud to be involved with the AIDS epidemic when it was new and full of controversy, said her husband, Bill Brannigan, a former ABC News correspondent.

"She felt she was on the cutting edge of a cutting edge public health issue," he said.

Contact Kevin Grasha at 267-1347 or kgrasha@lsj.com.





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