President Obama Gives Highest Award to Wycliffe Alumni
Wednesday March 23rd, 2011
Last month President Obama awarded the United States' highest civilian honor to Dr. Tom Little, a graduate of Wycliffe and a Christian worker for the International Assistance Mission (IAM) who was murdered in Afghanistan last August.
Tom Little, an optometrist from Delmar, New York, had been working in Afghanistan for more than 30 years. He and his wife, Libby, raised three daughters in Kabul, sticking it out through the Soviet invasion of the 1980's and the vicious civil war of the 1990's, when Afghan warlords reigned rockets on the city. Dr. Little supervised a string of hospitals and clinics offering treatment for eye diseases.
"Tom Little could have pursued a lucrative career," President Obama said during the ceremony for Little and 14 other recipients. "Instead, he was guided by his faith, and he set out to heal the poorest of the poor in Afghanistan. For 30 years, amid invasion and civil war, the terror of the Taliban, the spread of insurgency, he and his wife Libby helped bring Afghans—literally—the miracle of sight."
Little's was the only posthumous Medal of Freedom awarded this year.