Carroll Osburn

Carroll Osburn, author of The Edge of the Wedge: Recollections of a Reluctant Prodigal

After graduating from Vanderbilt, Carroll Osburn earned his Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Following three decades in academia, he retired early as Distinguished Professor in order to engage in humanitarian work, primarily in Africa.

For the past several years, he has been involved in humanitarian projects on behalf of a generous donor involving orphan and medical care in Guatemala, Haiti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Zambia, and South Africa. He arranged ongoing care for over 3,000 orphans and several hundred child-headed households, as well as funding for hundreds of burn surgeries, pediatric neurosurgeries, and clubfoot treatments, drilling numerous deep water wells, and distribution of thousands of anti-malarial mosquito nets. Additionally, he arranged construction of two major medical facilities and numerous clinics, laboratories, and TB and HIV/AIDS wards.