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Picture of the Day: September 4

6/12/2006 • Picture of the Day


Philosopher, musician, doctor, theologian and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer died on September 4, 1965. Born near Alsace, Germany, in 1875, Schweitzer decided to devote himself to providing health care to people in Africa at the age of 30. Schweitzer and his wife Hélène moved to Gabon in 1913 and opened a hospital in Lambaréné, which he later expanded with money from the Nobel Peace Prize he was awarded in 1952. Schweitzer also spoke out against the dangers of nuclear weapons, became an organist and expert on Johann Sebastian Bach, and served as a church pastor and university professor. He lived by the principle of ‘reverence for life.’

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