Thomas Tighe LL.D., director of Direct Relief International, was featured in the Aug. 11 article “Relief Group Is Sending Medical Supplies to Iraq” in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Calif. Direct Relief International has shipped more than $5.5 million in medical aid to Baghdad and other Iraqi cities. Most of the relief sent so far has been medicine for the mentally ill, but Direct Relief also is sending everything from hospital examination tables to thousands of dental kits for children never exposed to dental hygiene.
“The trick in these things is finding the right person on the other end,” Tighe said. “We had to find someone we could trust to actually get the supplies to the right people.”
Tighe received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the Colleges' 2003 Commencement ceremony.