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WHEREAS it is the intention of the Mayor and Council of Cherry Hill Township to focus attention on noteworthy occasions and individuals; and
WHEREAS on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, Dr. Arnold M. Baskies, a 35-year resident of Cherry Hill, was installed as Chairman of the Board of the American Cancer Society, a national organization dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, advocacy, education and service; and
WHEREAS a graduate of Boston University’s College of Liberal Arts and the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Baskies is a medical director at Virtua Health whose illustrious career has included work as chair of the New Jersey Governor’s Task Force on Early Detection, Prevention and Treatment of Cancer, and various roles with the American College of Surgeons; and
WHEREAS Dr. Baskies has spent more than 35 years as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, holding positions that have included membership in ACS’s National Assembly, chairman of the Eastern Board, service on the National Board of Directors and designations as chief science officer and vice president; and
WHEREAS Dr. Baskies has received a number of honors through the years, including the ACS Silver Chalice Award and “Top Doctor” designations from U.S. News & World Report, the Newark Star-Ledger and South Jersey magazine; and
WHEREAS in his personal life, Dr. Baskies is married to Susan, a retired speech therapist, and is father to three children and seven grandchildren, with an eighth soon to be born; and
WHEREAS in recognition of a remarkable career in service to the medical field, and, particularly, for his dedication to the prevention and treatment of cancer in all its forms, the Mayor and Council are proud to honor Dr. Baskies as a distinguished member of our community.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHUCK CAHN, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the Township of Cherry Hill, County of Camden, State of New Jersey, do hereby proclaim Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, to be
Dr. Arnold M. Baskies Day
in the Township of Cherry Hill, and urge all citizens to join with me and the members of Council in thanking Dr. Baskies for his service locally and to the American Cancer Society, and for his remarkable commitment to eradicating a disease that affects far too many men, women and children in our world.