For Immediate Release

November 30, 2011, San Ramon, CA — The Center for Bioethics and Culture and the Paul Ramsey Nominating Committee are pleased to announce Professor Mary Ann Glendon as the recipient of the 2012 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics.

Prof. Glendon is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School andserved on the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2002 to 2005.In response to beingselected the 2012 Paul Ramsey Award winner Glendon said, “I would be very glad to receive the Paul Ramsey award and am deeply honored to join the company of previous honorees whom I admire so much.”

The Paul Ramsey Nominating Committee is chaired by C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D. and includes William Hurlbut, M.D.; Gilbert Meilaender, Ph.D.; Paige Cunningham, J.D.; and John Keown, Ph.D.

The Paul Ramsey dinner will be held Friday, March 23, 2012 at the Lakeside Olympic Club in San Francisco, CA.Reserve your table today.

Who was Paul Ramsey?

Paul Ramsey is regarded by many as one of the most important ethicists of the twentieth century. He was a distinguished writer on bioethics a generation ago, and served as Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion, Princeton University. Ramsey shines as an almost lone beacon in the general darkness of academic bioethics, since his commitment to the sanctity and dignity of human life was paramount.

About The Paul Ramsey Award

The Paul Ramsey Award honors those who have made an outstanding contribution to the bioethics discussion and are actively engaged in society; facing the challenges of the 21st century, profoundly defending the dignity of humankind, and enthusiastically embracing ethical biotechnology for the human good. The Ramsey Award is given to those who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in the field of bioethics.

Previous Ramsey Award Recipients

  • 2004: Edmund D. Pellegrino
  • 2005: Germain Grisez
  • 2006: John M. Finnis
  • 2007: William E. May
  • 2008: Albert S. Moraczewski
  • 2009: Gilbert Meilaender
    “All of us, Ramsey would have said, whatever our particular vocations, are part of this community of discourse. All of us are called to think, as carefully and as thoroughly as we can, about these urgent human problems.”
    from Dr. Meilaender’s remarks at the 2009 Ramsey Award Dinner
  • 2010: Leon Kass
    “The Ramsey Award has a very special meaning for me, for Paul Ramsey was my mentor and friend, and my first teacher in bioethics. More than anyone else, he was responsible for major changes in my moral outlook and my life’s work.”
    from Dr. Kass’ remarks to the 2010 Ramsey Award Dinner
  • 2011: Luke Gormally