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RAM founder Stan Brock dead at 82

STEPHEN IGO, Kingsport Times News • Aug 30, 2018 at 11:07 AM

WISE, Va. — Stan Brock, the adventurous son of Great Britain who made a splash as a television critter gitter and a much larger one on rural health care as founder of the Knoxville-based Remote Area Medical Health Expedition, died Wednesday in Rockford, Tennessee.

Brock forged his way into American myth and lore during his recurring role on “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom,” a popular television series (1963-1986) where Brock often served as foil to the series host, zoologist Marlin Perkins, not to mention more than a few feisty and/or mischievous animals of practically every sort imaginable.

But it was his role as a passionate deliverer of free health care services to people in rural areas of the country, and even more remote areas around the world, where Brock made his largest impact, one that will live on well into the future.

Locally, Brock was best known for his role with Wise County RAM, providing free medical, dental and vision health care services for thousands of all comers at the county fairgrounds every summer for the last 19 years. With Southwest Virginia’s Health Wagon as a partner, Wise County RAM quickly emerged as the largest such event in the nation and received national and even international attention.

More about Brock and RAM from the Kingsport Times News.

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