The Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism – by Linda Gottwald


A passionate animal lover and activist, Linda Gottwald was the recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism for her volunteer work with The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago.

Created in 1940, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship was founded to support Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s medical and humanitarianism work in Africa. Although Dr. Schweitzer died in 1965, the fellowship continues its work to develop leaders who improve health care for vulnerable populations in underserved communities in Africa and the United States.

The fellowship achieves its goal through a comprehensive model created to develop dedicated leaders in service. The model consists of a value-driven curriculum, community-based service projects, mentorships, and fellowship with like-minded colleagues.

Programs include the U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program, which awards approximately 250 outstanding health and human service students. The Schweitzer Legacy Project connects with organizations around the world, while creating valuable partnerships and making educational material and innovative programming available to the public.

The Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, created in 1986, recognizes people who have worked to advance humanitarianism in the United States. Past honorees include President Jimmy Carter, Dr. C. Everett Koop, and Norman Cousins.

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship depends on charitable donations and grants, and all donations are tax deductible.

About the author: With advanced degrees in education, journalism, and nursing, Linda Gottwald enjoys a rewarding professional life. Gottwald is a nurse practitioner currently working at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan, and is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern Michigan College. She has also been a journalist, family nurse practitioner, emergency room nurse, and elementary school educator.


Going to France? Visit Orléans! By Linda Gottwald


As the daughter of an Orléans native, I try to visit this French city every year. Many Americans think of France primarily as Paris, but the rest of the country offers rich cultural history as well. Even if you are set on visiting Paris, you can make room for a brief trip to Orléans while you are in France; the city is just about 80 miles southwest of the capital, the perfect distance for a day or weekend trip.

During your visit to Orléans, you can soak up the charming cafés, of course, but you can also visit the childhood home of Joan of Arc, who grew up in this town. If you enjoy architectural sites, Orléans boasts the Cathédrale Sainte-Croix, a cathedral often considered to be among France’s finest.

For those who prefer to spend vacations outdoors, Orléans offers bike trails that span the entire Loire Valley, totaling 800 km of bike-friendly paths.

About Linda Gottwald

A freelance writer based in Michigan, Linda Gottwald has earned advanced degrees in journalism, nursing, and education. She has taught nursing at the university level and received a fellowship from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in health reporting. In her spare time, Linda Gottwald enjoys swimming and hiking.