On June 11 in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ira Lourie was flanked by family and friends as he accepted the 2005 Tipper Gore Remember the Children award, presented by the National Mental Health Association.
"When I learned of this, I felt very blessed and honored," said Lourie, a child psychiatrist who has worked with and for troubled children since the early 1970s. Lourie lives in Hagerstown.
Lourie's wife, Carrol Springer Lourie, said the award ceremony in Washington was very special.
"Ira got a little choked up," she said.
Lourie said he kept quiet about the award when he first heard of it.
"I'm a convener ... a collaborator," he said. "I usually don't take credit for what I do."
What Lourie has done for more than 30 years is pave the way for children to receive appropriate mental health services in all 50 states. The National Mental Health Association pointed to Lourie's outstanding work focusing on addressing the spectrum of mental and emotional disorders that confront American children and adolescents.