We report with deep sadness that Dr. Norman Waterman, the founder of Supplies Over Seas, passed away on October 6th in Louisville. He was a visionary who saw an opportunity to use the surplus of medical supplies in the United States to help save lives in the most medically impoverished communities of the world. After witnessing a similar program at Yale, Dr. Waterman approached his peers here in Louisville to help start a medical surplus recovery program at the Greater Louisville Medical Society. Originally operating out of the basement of the Medical Society, Supplies Over Seas now operates a 41,000 sq. ft warehouse that accepts donations from hospitals and healthcare partners from three states.
In our fiscal year ending June 30th, 2017, we shipped 19 large ocean going containers to areas in need including Zambia, Guatemala, Tanzania and Honduras to name just a few. We collected over 204 tons of medical supplies and equipment that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill. Dr. Waterman's initiative has evolved into one of the most recognized Medical Surplus Recovery Organizations in the country. Dr. Waterman will be missed but his legacy will continue to impact millions of lives for the years to come. All of us at Supplies Overseas extend our deepest condolences to his family. Dr. Waterman will be honored at our upcoming Health & Hope Breakfast on Octover 19th, 2017.
Dr. Waterman's full obituary can be found