Dr. Charles E. Horton, Sr. was born in Purdy, Missouri in 1925. He earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia and completed his surgical residency at George Washington University Hospital. Dr. Horton trained during the Korean War at the U.S. Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he discovered his passion for plastic surgery. After completing a plastic surgery residency at Duke University, he moved to Norfolk and became the region's first plastic surgeon. Throughout his life, Dr. Horton held several roles at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and founded the school's division of plastic surgery. In the 1960s, Dr. Horton completed his first medical mission to Haiti as a public service project for his Rotary Club. Over the next two decades, Dr. Horton and a dedicated group of his friends and colleagues continued to travel to underserved areas. During his travels, Dr. Horton saw the need for quality healthcare as the great unifier among nations, a requirement so powerful and yet so basic that he believed it should transcend economic, political and cultural barriers. He formally founded Physicians for Peace in 1989 with a clear vision: to build peace and international friendships through medicine. Dr. Horton firmly believed if you heal someone, you help one person. If you teach someone to heal others, you help many. We are proud to carry on his legacy today.