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January 8, 2016
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Congressman Katko pays tribute to President Eastwood in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joined in Washington, D.C. this morning by retiring SUNY Upstate Medical Center President, Dr. Gregory Eastwood and his family, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) delivered remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor Dr. Eastwood’s distinguished career and his impact on Central New York.

Video of Rep. Katko’s remarks can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULrcN9Icdgg&index=1&list=PL-6x6om-ZZfvY72gv1RS1e0HAL0r3oZ4r.

His remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the distinguished career of Dr. Gregory L. Eastwood.

“I am incredibly privileged to be joined here today by Dr. Eastwood and his wonderful family.

“Celebrated throughout our entire region for his commitment to service, Dr. Eastwood first served as President of the State University of New York Upstate Medical University from 1993 until 2006 – the longest in the history of the institution and of all sitting presidents on SUNY campuses. Dr. Eastwood returned to the President’s seat in October 2013 when the campus was in dire need of his capable leadership.

“Dr. Eastwood has served our community for years with distinction, holding leadership roles and partnering with many different organizations in the region.

“He advanced an aggressive vision for the SUNY Upstate — which has grown under his leadership through the establishment of the University Health Care Center, the Joslin Diabetes Center, and the Golisano Children’s Hospital.

“A clinician, scholar, educator, community leader, and author, Dr. Eastwood has had a remarkable career.

“Today, I want to thank Dr. Eastwood for his excellence, professionalism, caring presence and commitment to SUNY University and to Central New York. Our community is stronger now, because of your work. We will sorely miss you, Dr. Eastwood.”

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