Leonard Glantz Retires, Will Become Professor Emeritus of Health Law.
After more than four decades of actively fostering a culture of academic excellence at the School of Public Health, Leonard Glantz is stepping down as a professor of health law.
Known as a passionate teacher who blended academic rigor with a wickedly humorous classroom environment, Glantz is relinquishing some of his teaching and administrative duties while transitioning into a different role at the School. George Annas, professor and chair of the Department of Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights, and Glantz’s longtime colleague and collaborator, said Glantz will become Dean Sandro Galea’s first appointed professor emeritus.
Glantz also served as associate dean for academic affairs and held appointments in both the School of Medicine and the School of Law. His research over the past few decades has focused primarily on the constitutional issues raised by public health interventions, privacy, the rights of children, the regulation of research with human subjects, and mental health law.
He is a past recipient of the Norman A. Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest teaching honor at SPH, presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to the School’s education program.
Glantz began his lifelong involvement with Boston University in the mid-1960s as an undergraduate, earning an AB in psychology in 1970 from the College of Liberal Arts. He went on to graduate from the School of Law in 1973, and began teaching public health law with Annas in 1974.
Those wishing to make a gift in his honor can direct it to the Leonard H. Glantz Award Fund for Academic Excellence. The award is presented annually to a student whose academic achievement typifies the high performance, creative and critical thinking, ability to integrate different areas of public health, intellectual curiosity and motivation, and clear potential for future intellectual and creative contributions to public health. Visit www.bu.edu/give for details on how to make a gift.
Leonard is one of two faculty members whose tenure with the School predates mine (the other is George Annas). In those 38 years he and I have had a number of sharp and public disagreements, always over what each of us saw as matters of principle. At no time has the disagreement ever been personal and it never carried over to our private relationship, which has always been extremely friendly and collegial. I will genuinely miss the sparring. It always challenged me and more importantly, challenged my beliefs. Moreover we more often than not agreed with each other, despite our mutual protestations that this embarrassed each of us. Speaking for myself (since I would never presume to speak for Leonard), what appeared on the surface as an oil and water combination was on my part a relationship of deep intellectual respect and no small amount of affection.
As a founding faculty member he put his stamp the School in the best possible way, by making adherence to the highest principles an accepted way of going about our work. Enjoy your new status, Leonard. You’ve earned it many times over.
The lectures of Leonard Glantz, George Annas and Michael Grodin were the very reason I stayed an additional year at the School of Public Health in order to earn the equivalent of a Health Law concentration during my time at BUSPH.
Best wishes to Professor Glantz on his retirement.