RAM founder Stan Brock passes

Stephen Igo • Aug 29, 2018 at 5:18 PM

WISE — Stan Brock, the adventurous son of Australia 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 (RAM) Health Expedition, succumbed to a brief illness on Wednesday.

Over the last two decades, Brock was best known for his active role with Wise County RAM, providing free medical, dental and vision health care services for thousands of all comers every summer, the most recent in July, along with his longtime partners, Southwest Virginia’s Health Wagon.

Brock’s final appearance at Wise County RAM in July was a heartbreaking one. He had confided to Health Wagon personnel it was likely to be his last, but didn’t want that publicly known lest his health concerns distracted in any fashion from the Wise County RAM mission of providing free health care services to those in need but couldn’t afford them.

More will be available from the Times News later this evening on the man who made so great an impact on rural health care, particularly Southwest Virginia and surrounding regions, an impact sure to live on long after today.

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