Remembering Stan Brock

Stan Brock considered Remote Area Medical Headquarters in Rockford his home. He passed away Wednesday afternoon. Friends say he’d been sick for several weeks.

RAM released a statement on their Brock’s passing:

RAM® is saddened to announce the death of Stan Brock, 82, its distinguished founder and president.  Brock, who passed away on Wednesday, August 29, pioneered the use of mobile medical clinics to deliver health care services to people in remote, isolated, and underserved communities around the globe.  During Brock’s thirty-three-year tenure with RAM, more than 740,000 received free, dental, vision, and medical services, all provided by more than 120,000 dedicated volunteers.

Without Brock, RAM would not have been able to prevent pain and alleviate suffering for so many people. While Brock’s death is a great loss to the organization, RAM will continue championing his legacy and caring for those in need. Brock built a strong organization led by a dedicated 12-member Board of Directors, 34 staff members, and tens of thousands of volunteers and donors. Together, they will continue to fulfill the mission set by Brock so many years ago in the jungle of Guyana.

Brock is survived by his brother, Peter Brock, and his family of New Zealand; by his best friend, Karen Wilson; and by Remote Area Medical’s team of devoted board members, staff, volunteers, and donors who are committed to ensuring Brock’s mission of preventing pain and alleviating suffering continues until there is no more need.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place in the coming weeks honoring Brock and celebrating his extraordinary life. Details are forthcoming, and will be announced on RAM’s social media pages, on RAM’s website, and through RAM’s newsletter service. In lieu of flowers, Brock requested that donations be sent to Remote Area Medical in his memory.

“Never Forget the Mission” – Stan Brock, RAM Founder and President

Brock decided to help people in remote areas after he was injured in a horseback riding accident in Brazil and found himself 26 days away from help.

Many remember Stan Brock from Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. 30 years ago Stan gave it all up for RAM. RAM says the mission will continue and go far into the future. Funeral plans have not been announced. Instead of flowers, Brock requested donations to RAM in his memory. If you’d like to help continue the mission you can make a donation to RAM HERE.

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