Arnold H. Matlin M.D. has practiced pediatric medicine for more than 30 years, and has been an activist in the peace movement just as long. In 1969 he co-founded the Staten Island Peace Coalition, and in 1972 he co-founded Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace, an organization based in Geneseo, N.Y., with active members in five counties. Dr. Matlin talk about “The Care and Maintenance of a Peace Organization” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the social hall of the Presbyterian Church in Geneva, 24 Park Place.
Dr. Matlin has been deeply engaged in the struggle for democracy and human rights in Nicaragua, a country he has visited 18 times, leading delegates of peace activists from upstate New York, attending health care colloquia, and establishing a Head Start-type program that provides education and nutrition for poor and malnourished children in El Sauce, Nicaragua. He has lectured on health care in Nicaragua at Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, the University of Buffalo School of Nursing, and Buffalo Children's Hospital.
Dr. Matlin is a member of many organizations, including Physicians for Social Responsibility, Medical Urgent Action Network of Amnesty International, Nicaragua Central American Health Rights Network, Veterans for Peace, Committee to Free Lori Berenson, and Rochester Committee on Latin America.
Among his many awards and honors are a U.S. House of Representatives Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for 25 years of rural pediatric practice, a medal from the Republic of Nicaragua, a Decade of the Child Certificate of Merit for work with retarded children from New York State, the White Dove award from the Rochester Committee on Latin America, and the Rochester Area Equality and Justice Award from the Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.