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Media contact: Trent Stockton
June 3, 2005
FAMED IRISH TENOR, PHYSICIAN AND DISABLED ATHLETE TO RECEIVE THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT’S MEDAL
Ronan Tynan, M.D., a champion disabled athlete, physician and celebrated tenor, will receive the Johns Hopkins University President’s Medal in recognition of his distinguished career in music and medicine, and for his triumph in the face of personal adversity.
Johns Hopkins University President William R. Brody, M.D., Ph.D., will present the medal to Tynan on Wednesday, June 8, at 5 p.m. in the Thomas B. Turner Auditorium, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 720 Rutland Avenue, Baltimore, Md. Before the presentation of the medal, Tynan will speak about his personal journey, as well as perform, and he will greet the Hopkins community at a reception beginning at 6 p.m.
“Dr. Tynan’s life is a testament to persistence in the face of obstacles and his triumphs in medicine, competition and music carry messages we all can learn from,” said Edward D. Miller, M.D., dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Widely recognized for his performance at the Sept. 11th memorial services at Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden in New York, and Ronald Reagan’s funeral, Tynan became a member of The Irish Tenors group in 1998. Born with a lower limb disability, he became a double leg amputee at age 20 due to complications from an automobile accident. Within a year, he was winning gold medals at the Paralympic Games and, between 1981 and 1984, amassed 18 gold medals and 14 world records in track and field and equestrian events.
Tynan was the first disabled person ever admitted to the National College of Physical Education and later become a physician specializing in orthopedics and sports injuries. In his musical career, Tynan won the John McCormack Cup for Tenor Voice, the BBC talent show Go For It, and the prestigious International Operatic Singing Competition in Marmande, France. His album, “Ronan,” was released in March, 2005, and by Decca/Universal Classics and is available in stores or at www.ronantynan.net.
The JHU President's Medal is an honor extended by the university to individuals who have achieved unusual distinction and has been awarded to heads of state, members of Congress, a Supreme Court Justice, diplomats, literary figures, academics and other noteworthy individuals. First bestowed in 1978, the medal is awarded at the discretion of the university president.
Previous recipients include Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Senator Bob Kasten, Corazon Aquino, Tom Clancy, Tom Wolfe, Leon Uris, Leon Fleischer, Walter Sondheim and Colin Powell.
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