"In 1915, when heart disease for the first time surpassed
tuberculosis as New York City's leading cause of death... Drs. Lewis A.
Conner, Robert H. Halsey, John Wyckoff, Haven
Emerson, and a few colleagues" established the Association for the
Prevention and Relief of Heart Disease, which later became the New York
Heart Association." (To the American Heart Association on its 40th
Anniversary. New York Heart Association 1963-64 Annual Report.) Conner
was president; Dr. T. Stuart Hart, Vice President; Dr. Nelson L.
Deming, Secretary; and Ray Morris
[S&B 1901], Treasurer. The Executive Committee
was Robert H. Halsey, Chairman; Health Commissioner Haven Emerson, Dr.
Hubert V. Guile, Mrs. Linzee Blagden, and Dr. Frederick Brush,
Superintendent of the Burke Foundation. (Move to Combat Heart Disease.
New York Times, Nov. 18, 1916.)
(1867-1950, Yale 1887) "was the founding president of the New York and
American Heart Associations (AHA). Dr Conner was the founder of the
American Heart Journal, America’s first medical subspecialty journal,
and the official publication of the American Heart Association until
1950, when Circulation was created. Conner spent more than a
half-century on the staff of the New York Hospital and Cornell
University Medical College and was Chairman of Medicine from 1916 to
1932." Dr. Paul D. White
was a member of the first editorial board of the Journal. Conner was
Thompson's successor as Professor of Medicine
at Cornell. He was editor-in-chief of the AHJ until 1937. (Lewis A.
Cornell's Osler. By Jeffrey Fisher MD. Circulation 2000
Aug;102(9):1062-1067.) His father, Charles H. Conner, Yale class of
1864, was a
brother-in-law of William
(1866-1935, Yale 1886), President of the Pennsylvania Railroad
and a director of the Guaranty
Trust. Dr. Lewis A. Stimson,
Yale 1863, was Atterbury's cousin. (Lewis
Atterbury Conner Ph.B. 1887. Bulletin of Yale University, Obituary
Graduates of the Undergraduate Schools Deceased during the Year
1950-1951, pp. 100-101; and: William Wallace Atterbury, Ph.B. 1886.
Bulletin of Yale University, Obituary
Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year
1935-1936, pp. 140-141; Dr. L. Conner Dies. New York Times, Dec. 4,
1950.) One of his patients was tobacco financier Henry C. Frick.
Nelson Lloyd Deming got his MD at the College of Physicians and
Surgeons at Columbia University. He was a physician in Fort Wayne, Ind.
from 1897-1905, and in New York City and Litchfield, Conn. until he
retired in 1935. (Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University
Deceased during the Year 1947-1948, p. 128.) His daughter, Mary L.
Deming, was an attendant at the marriage Ellen Greenough, the daughter
of Dr. Robert B. Greenough
[president of the American Society for the Control of Cancer], to
Hardwick Stires, son of Rev. Dr. Ernest M. Stires of St. Thomas's
in Boston. She was a great-niece of Dr. Charles W. Eliot, President
Emeritus of Harvard. (Ellen Greenough Weds H. Stires. New York Times,
Jan. 20, 1924.)
Dorothea Draper was the daughter of Dr. William H. Draper, a
prominent physician in New York City and a trustee of Columbia
University. Her grandfather, Charles A. Dana, was editor and publisher
of The New York Sun. Her first husband, Linzee Blagden, a banker
and stockbroker, died in 1936. "Mrs. James, a graduate of the Spence
School in New
York, was a former president of the board of managers of the Bellevue
Hospital School of Nursing. She was one of the leaders in the drive to
establish the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York." Her
second husband was Henry James.
(Mrs. James, 78, A Civic Leader. New
York Times, Aug. 2, 1960.) She was a patroness of a fundraiser at the
Colony Club for the American Society for the Control of Cancer in 1926.
(To Aid Cancer Society. New York Times, Nov. 29, 1926.) She
married Henry James, the
president of TIAA and a trustee of the Rockefeller Institute, in 1938.
Linzee Blagden's brother, Dexter Blagden, was best man, and his
brother George Blagden was an usher. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Blagden
were among the guests. (Miss Draper, Bride of Linzee Blagden. New York
Times, Dec. 16, 1913.) Linzee Blagden was the son of George Blagden and
Frances Meredith Dexter. He graduated from Harvard in 1896 and received
his law degree there in 1899, but practiced for only a few years. He
was a member of several brokerage firms before becoming an officer of
the Bank of New York and Trust Company about ten years before his
death. He and his brother George both died suddenly of heart disease.
(Linzee Blagden, 63, Bank Official, Dies. New York Times, Sep. 24,
1936.) George Blagden Sr. was the son of Rev. George Washington Blagden.
George Blagden graduated from Harvard in 1890. He was a general partner of Clark, Dodge & Co. at 61 Wall Street for more than 25 years, then a special partner. He was first vice president of the Greenwich Savings Bank and a director of the Atlantic Safe Deposit Company. (George Blagden, Banker, 67, Dies. New York Times, Mar. 23, 1934.) The bulk of his estate consisted of securities worth $1,151,524, mortgages, cash and insurance worth $593,202, and $765,962 as his interest in Clark, Dodge & Co. He left gifts to St. Luke's Hospital and Harvard University of $209,667 and $101,972 upon the death of his brothers and their wives. ($2,329,067 Willed By George Blagden. New York Times, Sep. 19, 1936.)
Dexter Blagden graduated from Harvard in 1893. He was a stockbroker and a former member of the governing committe of the New York Stock Exchange. He married Mabel Whitney after she divorced Charles H. Sabin, the President of the Guaranty Trust Company. She was the mother of Charles H. Sabin Jr. (Dexter Blagden. New York Times, Nov. 22, 1948; Mrs. Mabel Sabin Weds. New York Times, Apr. 2, 1918.) He was an usher at the wedding of William B. Dinsmore Jr. to Marion De Peyster Carey, whose stepfather was Richard Delafield. (Many Bright Weddings. New York World, Jun. 5, 1905.)
Robert Hurtin Halsey graduated from Columbia in 1896 and received
his M.D. at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1900. He began as
an instructor in medicine at the Postgraduate Medical School in 1903,
and was an Adjunct Professor from 1906-1917, and a full professor from
1917 to 1939. He was president of the American Heart Association in
1932 and 1933. His grandfather, Stephen A. Halsey, founded one of the
original settlements of Astoria, Queens. (R.H. Halsey Dead; Heart
Specialist. New York Times, Sep. 16, 1955.) He was the first secretary
of the National Heart Association, and its president in 1931-32. He was
Professor of Medicine at New York Postgraduate Medical School and
Hospital, and a consultant at New York Hospital-Bellevue. (R.H. Halsey,
M.D. Circ Res 1955;3:646-648.) He married Edith Bates in 1909.
(Married. New York Times, Apr. 18, 1909.) He was the heart specialist
who attended Samuel L. Clemons aka Mark Twain. (Mark Twain Sinking. New
York Times, Apr. 21, 1910.) He was named a member of the council at the
Post-Graduate School and Hospital in 1930. (Col. A.J. MacNab Honored.
New York Times, May 23, 1930.) Halsey certified that Otto H. Kahn was
suffering from "high blood pressure and angina pectoris, with
complicating pulmonitis," and that "his appearance in court would place
his life in jeopardy." (Otto H. Kahn Improves. New York Times, Oct. 9,
Mrs. Halsey was active in fundraising for the Cardiac Department of
the Post-Graduate Hospital. Mrs. Cleveland H. Dodge and Mrs. Allen
Wardwell were fellow fund-raisers. (Entertainments for Charity. New
York Times, Apr. 27, 1924; Classical Dances to Aid Hospital. New York
Times, Apr. 7, 1928; Parties to Aid the Sick. New York Times, Apr. 27,
1930; Lecture to Benefit the Cardiac Clinic. New York Times, Oct. 29,
1933.) Their daughter, Elizabeth Halsey, married Andrew Carnegie
Whitfield, Princeton 1933, a nephew of Mrs. Carnegie. He was with
International Business Machines Corp. (Elizabeth Halsey Married in
Chapel. New York Times, Jun. 13, 1937.) They had a quarrel, and he took
off in his plane and disappeared. (Family Abandons Whitfield Search.
New York Times, Apr. 23, 1938.) He was declared legally dead in 1946.
Theodore Stuart Hart was a vice president from 1916-22 and president
of the Association for the Prevention and Relief of Heart Disease from
1922-24; founder and president of the New York Heart Association
1922-24; and founder, director, and chairman of the executive committee
of the American Heart Association 1924-28. He was also a director of
the New York Tuberculosis and Health Association. (Dr. Theodore Hart, A
Heart Expert, 81. New York Times, Jan. 2, 1951; Bulletin of Yale
University. Obituary Record of Graduates of the Undergraduate Schools
Deceased during the Year 1950-1951, pp. 16-17.)
The leadership of the New York Heart
Association overlapped that of the American Heart Association, founded
1925. The NYHA was a major fundraiser for the AHA.
"Dr. Haven Emerson is President of the organization, Dr. Robert H.
Halsey, Vice President and Edwin O. Holter is Treasurer. The Board of
Governors includes Thomas W.
Lamont, Mrs. Alfred F. Hess, Mrs. A.F. Tiffany, Dr. Alfred E. Cohn, Dr. Luther
F. Warren, Dr. Nathan E. Brill and Clarence Dillon." (New York
Association Appeals for Aid in Its Work. New York Times, Dec. 21,
1924.) In 1926, it merged with the New York Tuberculosis and Health
Association until 1945, when it became a separate group with offices at
the New York Academy of Medicine. The offices of the finance committee
were at 331 Madison Avenue. (Heart Association to Form Own Unit. New
York Times, Jan. 27, 1945.)
Edwin Olaf Holter (1871-1964), was the son of Anton M. Holter, founder of a Helena, Montana dynasty of
lumber and other family enterprises, whom he assisted with stock market
investments. (Yale University. New York Times, May
29, 1893; Edwin O. Holter, Lawyer, Led Prison Association. New York
Times, Jun. 8, 1964.) He and Lewis A. Conner were ushers at the wedding
of Amos R. Eno Pinchot (S&B 1897) to Gertrude Minturn, and the
groom's brother Gifford Pinchot (S&B 1889) was best man. (The
Weddings of a Day. New York Times, Nov. 15, 1900.) Holter was engaged
to marry Sarah Sage, daughter of Mrs. Dean
Sage [Sr.], in Albany. (What is Doing in Society. New York Times,
June 4, 1903.) His daughter, Elizabeth Sage Holter, married Lawrence
Kirktland Jennings, the son of Oliver G.
Jennings, S&B 1887. It was his second marriage. (Nuptials of
Miss Holter. New York Times, Mar. 5, 1944.) Mrs. Holter's brother, Dean
Sage Jr., S&B 1897, was president of the Columbia-Presbyterian
Medical Center. From 1900 to 1909, he was a law partner of Meredith
Hare, S&B 1894, whose wife was another Sage sister, and whose
brother, Montgomery Hare, was
married to the daughter of John E.
Parsons, the first
president of the Memorial Cancer Hospital. Holter's brother, Percy
William Holter, died the year after graduating from Yale in 1907.
(Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale, 1900-1910, p. 1105.)
"The retirement of [Edwin's brother] Norman B. Holter brought his youngest son, Norman Jefferis (Jeff) Holter (1914-1983) into the family businesses. A chemist and physicist, Jeff Holter was a member of the Navy teams conducting atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll and hydrogen bomb tests at Eniwetok Atoll. After his return to Helena in 1946, he served as a corporate officer for Holter Hardware, Holter Company, Holter Realty, Montana Flour Mills, and Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company. In addition, he founded and worked as research director for the Holter Research Foundation, Inc. This small, non-profit research laboratory was founded in 1947 and financed by private funds and Public Health Service grants. Being involved with the field of medical physics, the foundation is credited with the discovery of several important heart monitoring devices and for the creation of 'Dynamic Electrocardiography.'" (Guide to the Holter Family papers, 1861-1968. Montana Historical Society Research Center Archives, accessed 3-22-08.)Guide to the Holter Family papers, 1861-1968 / Northwest Digital Archives, Washington State University
A few years before the formation of the New York Heart Association, Frederick L. Hoffman, a
co-founder of the American Society for the Control of Cancer, trumpeted
the menace of heart disease. He used data collected by the Department
of Commerce through the Bureau of the Census. (Diseases of the Heart
Now Lead Country's Mortality. New York Times, Dec. 30, 1923.)
The American Heart Association says that "The founding members were
Drs. Lewis A. Conner and Robert H. Halsey of New York; Paul D. White of
Boston; Joseph Sailer of Philadelphia; Robert B. Preble of Chicago; and
Hugh D. McCulloch of St. Louis. Drs. James B. Herrick of Chicago and
William S. Thayer of
Baltimore were also instrumental in the early
planning." (History of the American Heart Association. By the American
Heart Association, accessed Apr. 15, 2009.) At its first annual
meeting, the American Heart Association Inc. claimed 150 physician
members in most states. Directors were Dr. Lewis A. Conner, President;
Dr. Haven Emerson, Dr. T. Stuart Hart, and Dr. R.H. Halsey of New York;
Dr. James B. Herrick, Dr. Robert P. Preble, and Dr. Sidney Strauss of
Chicago; Dr. Henry Jackson, Dr. William H. Robey and Dr. Paul T. White
of Boston; Dr. George W. Norris, Dr. Joseph Sailer and Dr. William D.
Stroud of Philadelphia; Dr. Hugh McCulloch of St. Louis, and Dr. C.J.
McIntyre of Indianapolis. (War on Heart Diseases. New York Times, Feb.
A retired broker named Frederick Bruce left $10,000 to Johns Hopkins
University, and $25,000 each to the American Society for the Control of
Cancer, Memorial Hospital for the Treatment of Cancer and Allied
Diseases, the New York Heart Association, and other New York
institutions. (9 Institutions Share $210,000 By Bruce Will. New York
Times, Jun. 21, 1928.)
Drs. Lewis A. Conner, Robert H. Halsey and Harlow Brooks took part in a symposium on "recent studies on the effects of tobacco in man," held at the New York Academy of Medicine. Drs. Marion B. Sulzberger of the Post Graduate Hospital and Joseph Harkavy of Mount Sinai Hospital blamed hypersensitivity to tobacco for thromboangiitis obliterans. Removal of nicotine from the extract with which they injected the subjects did not change the effects. (Discover Cause of a Rare Disease. New York Times, Feb. 3, 1933.)
Sponsors of the New York Heart Association fund raising campaign
included Mrs. Albert D.
Lasker; Mrs. William Randolph Hearst,
Sr.; James S. Adams; Harold L.
Bache, the nephew
of Jules S. Bache; Leona
W. Averell Harriman; Devereux C.
Josephs; Ralph T.
Reed; Frank Stanton; and Thomas J. Watson Sr. Hugh
Cullman and Emerson
Foote were chairmen of Commerce and Industry committees. (Display
46. New York Times, Jan. 31, 1946 p. 12.)
New York Governor formed the Council for Heart Diseases to raise
money for the New York Heart Association. "The incoporators are Charles Proctor Cooper,
vice president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company; Dr. A.
Wilbur Duryee, Governor Dewey's personal physician; Frank K. Houston,
chairman of the board of the Chemical Bank and Trust Company; Alfred C.
Howell, vice president of the Guaranty Trust Company; Dr. Edwin P.
Maynard Jr., president of the New York Heart Association; Lowell P. Weicker, president
of E.R. Squibb & Sons, and Carl Whitmore, president of the New York
Telephone Company." (War on Heart Ills Backed By Dewey. New York Times,
May 21, 1946.)
Thomas I. Parkinson, president of the Equitable Life Assurance
Society, headed the national advisory committee of the American Heart
Association. "Dr. Howard F. West, president of the association,
announced yesterday, that the committee of twenty-two laymen included Harold E. Stassen, former
Governor of Minnesota, and Artemus L. Gates, former Assistant Secretary
of the Navy. Non-physicians have been admitted to the executive bodies
of the association, heretofore limited to medical specialists." (Heart
Association Gets Advisory Unit. New York Times, Feb. 3, 1947.) Dr.
Arlie R. Barnes, chairman of the board of governors of the Mayo Clinic,
was elected president of the American Heart Association. Dr. Tinsley R.
Harrison of the Southwestern Medical College, Dallas, Tex., was chosen
president for 1948-49. Members of the advisory committee besides Gates,
Stassen and Parkinson included Samuel Harrell of Indianapolis, who was
also made treasurer; filmmaker Samuel Goldwyn; and former Rep. Clare
Boothe Luce. (Mayo Clinic Official Named to Head Heart Association. New
York Times, Jun. 7, 1947.) Rep. Jacob K. Javits of New York was to
introduce legislation to create a national heart disease institute.
(Doctors Advocate U.S. Heart Institute. New York Times, Jun. 9, 1947.)
Dr. Charles A.R. Connor became medical director of the AHA, succeeding
Dr. David D. Rutstein, who became Professor of Preventive Medicine at
Harvard Medical School. (Gets Heart Association Post. New York Times,
Sep. 16, 1947.) Carl Whitmore, president of the New York Telephone
Company, headed a campaign by the New York Heart Association to raise
$500,000. Mayor O'Dwyer was honorary chairman. Dr. Edwin P. Maynard Jr.
was president of the NYHA. "The New York Heart Association is a
division of the American Heart Association, which has divisions in nine
other cities in other states." A national campaign was planned for
1949. (Group Plans Drive on Heart Diseases. New York Times, Dec. 20,
The Samuel H. Kress Foundation donated $25,000. ($25,000 for Heart
Research. New York Times, Jan. 11, 1948.) Dr. H.M. Martin, executive
secretary of the AHA, announced that Mrs. Frederick F. Brewster of New
Haven, Conn., gave $50,000. (Gives $50,000 to Heart Drive. New York
Times, Feb. 12, 1948.) E.J. Ade, formerly with the John Price Jones
Corporation, was appointed fund-raising director of the American Heart
Association. The AHA's first national campaign raised almost $3
million. (To Direct Fund-Raising For Heart Association. New York Times,
Aug. 6, 1948.) Harold E. Stassen, chairman of the 1949 AHA campaign,
announced that William E. Cotter, general counsel of Union Carbide and
Carbon Corporation, was appointed executive vice chairman of the drive.
Cotter had been general vice chairman of the New York
University-Bellevue Medical Center Fund. (As Vice Chairman Will Aid
Heart Association Drive. New York Times, Oct. 30, 1948.) Rome A. Betts,
general secretary of the American Bible
Society since 1942, was chosen executive director of the AHA.
(New Executive Director of the Heart Association. New York Times, Dec.
Maurice J. Tobin, U.S. Secretary of Labor, was chairman of the labor
committee of the AHA fund drive. (Tobin to Aid Heart Drive. New York
Times, Jan. 5, 1949.) Former Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. John W.
Ferree was appointed director of he public health division of the AHA.
(Heads Public Health Unit Of the Heart Association. New York Times,
Jan. 20, 1949.)
Dr. Howard B. Sprague succeeded Dr. H.M. Marvin as president of the
AHA. Dr. Louis N. Katz was elected president for the next term, Dr.
Maurice Visscher of Minneapolis was elected vice president, and Grant
Keehn of New York, treasurer. Mrs. Louise Baer of New York, and Alva
Bradley of Cleveland received awards. (New York Times, Jun. 25, 1950.)
Elliott V. Bell was chairman of the New York Heart Association. Fifteen new members were elected to the board of directors: Howard S. Cullman [of Philip Morris], Col. J. Edward Johnston, Dr. Theodore G. Klumpp, Mrs. H. Nelson Slater, Dr. J. Murray Steele, Dr. Robert Watson and William Zeckendorf. Other board members included Arthur Baer, Dr. Adolph R. Berger, H. Donald Campbell, Mrs. Preston Davie, James A. Farley, Mrs. Vincent R. Impelliteri, John Sloan and Dr. May G. Wilson. (Heart Board Enlarged. New York Times, Feb. 6, 1951.)
May Davie was the daughter of Adolph Stevens Ladenburg, of the
banking firm Ladenburg, Thalmann & Co. Her great-great-grandfather
was Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the Treasury under Thomas Jefferson
and a founder of New York University [and grandfather was Alexander Henry Stevens,
Yale 1854]. She was finance chairman of the
state Republican committee in 1933-34, and a delgate to the Republican
National Convention. "She also was a supporter of Robert A. Taft in his bids for
the Republican Presidential nomination, served as assistant treasurer
for his campaign through 1952 and was chairman of the Robert A. Taft
Institute of Government... In addition to her post as chairman of the
Republican state finance committee, Mrs. Davie was chairman of the
Eastern women's division of the Republican National Committee, a member
of the Republican National Finance Committee and a delegate to the 1960
convention, which nominated Richard M. Nixon in his first attempt to
become President." At her death, she was honorary board chairman of the
New York Heart Association. (May Davie Dead; A Civic Leader. New York
Times, Sep. 20, 1975.)
Her husband, Preston Davie, was a native of Louisville, Ky., and a
graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He was briefly a
partner of his father, George M. Davie, in Louisville, then became a
partner of the New York law firm that was later Conboy, Hewitt, O'Brien
& Boardman. He was a descendant of Gen. William Richardson Davie of
the Continental Army, founder of the University of North Carolina. His
grandfather, Maj. Gen. William Preston of the Confederate Army, was a
member of Congress and Minister to Spain. (Preston Davie, Lawyer, 86,
Dead. New York Times, May 22, 1967.) His father, George Montgomery
Davie, graduated from Princeton in 1868. He was a law partner of John
Mason Brown and Alexander P. Humphrey. He died of sarcoma in New York
City, where he had come to be treated by a cancer specialist. His
father, Winston Jones Davie of Kentucky, son of Ambrose Davie, was a
graduate of Yale in 1845. He was a cotton and tobacco planter in
Christian County in his early years, and was the State Commissioner of
Agriculture from 1876-1879. (George M. Davie Dead. New York Times, Feb.
23, 1900; Winston Jones Davie. Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale,
1870-1890, p. 379.)
Dr. Louis N. Katz of Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, succeeded Dr.
Howard B. Sprague of Brookline, Mass. as President of the American
Heart Association. Mrs. Alben Barkley, Bruce Barton, R. Duckett Jones,
Robert L. King and Frederick K. Trask [Jr.] were named vice presidents.
Dr. Irving S. Wright of Cornell Medical School was elected to succeed
Katz. Andrew W. Robertson of Pittsburgh was re-elected chairman of the
board of directors. (Elected as President of Heart Association. New
York Times, Jun. 8, 1951.)
Frederick Kingsbury Trask graduated from Harvard in 1930. He founded the venture capital firm, Payson & Trask, with Joan Whitney Payson [John Hay Whitney's sister]. He was also a director of the U.S. Trust Co., General Reinsurance Corp., Great Northern Nekoosa Corp., and a trustee of New York Hospital-Cornell. (Trask, Frederick K., Jr. New York Times, Oct. 24, 1997.) He was an usher at James Roosevelt's wedding to Dr. Harvey Cushing's daughter, Betsey. (James Roosevelt Weds Miss Cushing. New York Times, Jun. 5, 1930.) He was the grandson of Charles Hooper Trask, Skull & Bones 1849, who was a partner of W. Ropes & Co. of Boston.
Mrs. Lyon Slater headed the committee in charge of luncheon and fashion show, whose goal was $1,250,000. Other participants included Mrs. Jacob J. Rosenblum, vice chairman; Mrs. Byron C. Foy, Mrs. John Balfour Clark, Mrs. George U. Harris, Mrs. James A. Burden, Mrs. A. Wilbur Duryee, Mrs. Prentice Cromwell, Mrs. Preston Davie, Mrs. Robert L. Clarkson, Mrs. Edmund C. Lynch Jr., Mrs. Charles A. Blackwell, Mrs. Gilbert Kahn, Mrs. William Randolph Hearst Jr., Mrs. Robert McKim, and Mrs. Justus Lawrence; also, Mrs. A. Charles Schwartz, Mrs. Joseph M. May, Mrs. David Smart, Miss Constance Clarin, Mrs. Jackson A. Dykman, Mrs. Donald N. McDonnell, Miss Edith Conard, Mrs. William Goldring, Mrs. Barbara H. Drum, Mrs. Edward Pool and Mrs. Frederick Weisbrod. (Benefit Planned For Heart Group. New York Times, Mar. 13, 1955.)
Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower was honorary chairman of the AHA Heart of
America fund-raising ball in the Ambassador Hotel. Honorary vice
chairmen were Mrs. Richard M. Nixon and Mrs. John Foster Dulles. Others
involved were Mrs. Averell Harriman, Mrs. Robert F. Wagner, John C.
Hughes, Mrs. Preston Davie, Mrs. Ann Rentschler, Mrs. Jacob J.
Rosenblum, Mrs. Bruce A. Gimbel, Mrs. Basil P. Goulandris, Mrs. Donald
Tansill, Lauder Greenway, Miss Elsa Maxwell, William Gaxton, Miss
Elizabeth Guest, and Miss Mary Elizabeth Ballantine. Members of the
dinner committee were Mrs. Hulbert Aldrich, Mrs. F. Truman Bidwell,
Mrs. V. Beaumont Allen, Mrs. Charles M. Amory, Mrs. Albert Lasker, Mrs.
John R. Drexel 3d, Mrs. David Gimbel, Mrs. Winston F.C. Guest, Mrs. Ira
Haupt, and Mrs. Henry J. Heinz 2d. Also, Mrs. Lewis W. Douglas, Mrs.
Richard G. Croft, Mrs. Alfred Corning Clark, Mrs. Howard Cullman, Mrs.
Charles A. Blackwell, Mrs. Arde Bulova, Mrs. James Burden, Mrs. Walter
Gubelman, Mrs. Charles V. Hickox, Mrs. Gilbert H. Miller, Mrs. Stephen
Sanford, Mrs. George Ramsey and Mrs. Joseph A. Neff. (Ball on April 26
to Aid Heart Fund. New York Times, Feb. 16, 1956.) Harry Winston was
the sponsor, who also arranged a fashion show of jewels. Others who
took out tables included Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Milbank, Mr. and Mrs.
Roderick Tower, Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Mr. and Mrs. William M.
Greve, Mr. and Mrs. William B. Jaffe, Mr. and Mrs. James Van Alen, Mrs.
Gordon S. Rentschler, Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Talbott, Mrs. Spyros P.
Skouras, Mrs. Byron C. Foy, Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel P. Hill, Mr.
and Mrs. Owen R. Cheatham. (Heart Fund Ball Will Fete Envoys. New York
Times, Apr. 26, 1956.)
Mrs. Nicholas Goulandris and Mrs. Alfred Corning Clark were members
of the dinner committee of the Heart of America ball at the
Waldorf-Astoria. Mrs. William F. Cassady, Mrs. Lewis B. Rosenstiel, and
Mrs. Lowell P. Weicker headed the ball committee. Committee members
included Mrs. Mario Pansa, Mrs. Draper Boncompagni, Mrs. Charles Willis
Jr., Mrs. Harry Payne Bingham,
Miss Elsa Maxwell, Mrs. John R. Drexel 3d, Mrs. Joseph Neff, Mrs.
Tuckerman Draper, Mrs. Harvey D. Gibson, Mrs. Gilbert Miller, Miss
Dorothy Field, Mrs. Jere W. Lord, Mrs. Nathaniel P. Hill and
Mrs. William C. Langley; Mrs. Harry M. Anholt, Mrs. Justus Lawrence,
Mrs. Clark Williams, Mrs. Owen Cheatham, Mrs. J. Malcolm Muir, Mrs.
Charles W. Englehard, Mrs. Leon J. Livingston, Miss Elizabeth N.
Graham, and Mrs. Henry M. Hunshman Jr. Mrs. Bruce A. Gimbel, chairman
of the gifts committee, was assisted by Mrs. Anholt, Mrs. Donald N.
McDonnell and Mrs. Clinton I. Smullyan. Lauder Greenway was chairman of
the men's committee, whose members included Lowell Weicker, Hulbert S.
Aldrich, Winston Thomas, Charles A. Blackwell, Denniston Slater, James
A. Burden, Spyros P. Skouras, Charles G. Cushing, Ray D. Murphy, Henry
J. Heinz 2d, Robert Montgomery, Drayton Cochran, George Leib and Walter
Hoving, plus Charles F. Willis Jr., Robert L. Clarkson, Richard West,
Preston Davie, Samuel H. Valiance, Milton Holden, Jay Rutherford, Harry
O. King, Charles Payson, J.D. Wooster Lambert, Donald McDonnell and
Edward McIlvain. (Heart Fund Ball to Be April 29. New York Times, Feb.
Mrs. Lewis S. Rosenstiel was chairman of the dinner committee of the
sixth annual Heart of America ball at the Waldorf-Astoria. Her
co-chairman was Mrs. Russell
Forgan. Schenley Industries Inc. was the sponsor. Mrs. William C.
Langley was chairman of special projects; and Mrs. Thomas Hitchcock,
Mrs. Lowell Weicker and Mrs. Edward L. Gerry were co-chairmen of the
ball committee. Guests at the planning luncheon included Mrs. V.
Beaumont Allen, Mrs. Joseph A. Neff, Mrs. Draper Boncompagni, Mrs.
Alexander McLanahan, Mrs. Moss Hart, Mrs. John R. Drexel 3d, Mrs.
Ernest T. Weir, Miss Jessica Daves, Mrs. Anthony Del Balso, Mrs. Donald
Stralem, Miss Margaret Case, Mrs. William J. Barney, Mrs. Albert Cohn,
Mrs. Henry J. Heinz 2d, and Mrs. Jacob J. Rosenblum; also Mrs. Robert
F. Wagner, Mrs. J. Randall Creel, Mrs. Thomas Wyman, Mrs. Roswell L.
Gilpatric, Mrs. Warren W. Johnson, Mrs. Seward W. Eric, Mrs. James
Russell Lowell, Mrs. Clark Williams, Mrs. Edward H. Gerry, Mrs. Mario
Pansa, and Mrs. Lyon Slater. (Plans Advanced By Heart Group For Fete
May 2. New York Times, Dec. 4, 1960.)
Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson and the Dutchess of Windsor were honorary
co-chairmen of the Heart of America ball. Mrs. Robert F. Wagner was
honorary vice chairman. Mrs. William C. Langley (Jane Pickens) was
chairman of special projects for the New York Heart Association; Mrs.
Thomas Hitchcock and Mrs. Mrs. Lowell Weicker were ball committee
co-chairmen; and Mrs. J. Russell Forgan, Mrs. Edward H. Gerry, and Mrs.
Richard West were dinner committee co-cahirmen. Mrs. Seymour Berkson was head
of the gifts committee, and Mrs. Leon J. Livingston (Mollie Parnis) was
vice chairman. Mrs. Preston Davie was chairman of the advisory
committee. Members of the women's committee included Mrs. Donald N.
McDonnell, Mrs. William Joshua Barney, Mrs. Edmund C. Lynch, Mrs.
Vivian Beaumont Allen, Mrs. Clark Williams, Mrs. Alexander McLanahan,
Mrs. Charles A. Berns, Mrs. James Russell Lowell, Mrs. Harold W.
Brooks, Mrs. Jere W. Lord Jr., Mrs. David Muss, Miss Margaret Case,
Mrs. Preston Long, Mrs. Joseph A. Neff, Mrs. O. Roy Chalk, Mrs. Ogden
Reid, Mrs. F. Ambrose Clark, Mrs. Reeve
Schley, Mrs. Anthony M. Del
Balso, Mrs. Phillip Liebman, Mrs. Spyros S. Skouras, Mrs. John R.
Drexel 3d, Mrs. Denniston Slater, Mrs. Charles Lachman, Mrs. Raymond
Johnson, Mrs. Lyon Slater, Mrs. Charles W. Engelhard and Mrs. William
B. Jaffe. (Aides Are Listed For Heart Ball At the Waldorf. New York
Times, Feb. 4, 1962.)
Mrs. Preston Davie, honorary chairman of the Manhattan women's
division of the New York Heart Association, opened the year's fund
drive with a luncheon at her home. Dr. Charles E. Kossman, president of
the New York Heart Association, was the speaker. Mrs. Charles A.
Blackwell and Mrs. Lyin Slater were co-chairmen of the drive for the
12th year, with Mrs. Harry Payne Bingham and Mrs. Edmund P. Rogers as
honorary vice chairmen. Mrs. William C. Langley was special projects
chairman, and Mrs. George F. Baker Jr., Mrs. Joseph Verner Reed Jr.,
Mrs. Frederick A. Melhado, Mrs. Gerald H. Pratt, and Mrs. James Stewart
as her vice chairmen. Ten-year veterans of the division were the guests
of honor, including Mrs. Matthew Myer, Mrs. Wolcott Blair, Mrs. Robert
McKim, Mrs. Francis B. Kann, Mrs. Frederick S. Whitlock, Mrs. Herbert
Weston amd Mrs. George U. Harris. (Heart Association Opens Fund Drive.
New York Times, Nov. 29, 1962.)
Mrs. William C. Langley, chairman of Special projects, announced
that Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson and Mrs. Robert F. Wagner were honorary
co-chairmen of the Heart of America Ball. Mrs. Preston Davie was
chairman of the advisory committee, and Mrs. J. Gordon Douglas and Mrs.
Lowell Weicker were co-chairs of the ball committee. The dinner
committee co-chairs were Mrs. Thomas Hitchcock and Mrs. Richard West.
Mrs. Joseph A. Neff headed the decorations committee, and Mrs. Robert
H. Craft was co-chairman of the floor committee. Assistants were Mrs. Wolcott Blair, Mrs. Reeve Schley,
Mrs. Roswell L. Gilpatric, Mrs. Nathaniel P. Hill, Mrs. Edmund C.
Lynch, Mrs. Gilbert Miller, Mrs. James Burden, Mrs. Ogden Reid, Mrs.
Edwin F. Blair, Mrs. Tuckerman Draper, and Mrs. Winthrop Aldrich; also
Mrs. Edmund P. Rogers, Miss Margaret Case, Mrs. William Woodward, Mrs.
Harvey Dow Gibson, Mrs. Joseph Verner Reed, Mrs. Charles A. Blackwell,
Mrs. Albert D. Lasker, Mrs. Lyon Slater, Mrs. Draper Boncampagni, Mrs.
Harvey S. Firestone Jr., Mrs. Jere Lord Jr., Mrs. Samuel Pryor Reed,
Mrs. William Blood, Mrs. Robert D.L. Gardiner, Mrs. Robert E. Kintner, Mrs. C. Ruxton
Love Jr., and Mrs. Mary S. Robling. It was sponsored by Schenley
Industries. (8th Annual Ball For Heart Fund Is Planned Here. New York
Times, Apr. 1, 1963.)
Mrs. William C. Langley, chairman of special projects for the New
York Heart Association, was ball chairman, and the Dutchess of Windsor
was honorary chairman. A preview of paintings from the collection of
Harry Winston, Inc. at the Wally Findlay Galleries also benefited the
fund. Mrs. Preston Davie was chairman of the advisory committee for
ball, whose members included Mrs. Albert D. Lasker, Mrs. Charles A.
Blackwell, Mrs. Lyon Slater, Mrs. Lowell Weicker, Mrs. Jacob J.
Rosenblum, and Mrs. Richard West. Other committee heads were Mrs.
Harold W. Brooks, Mrs. Alexander H. McLanahan, Mrs. John R. Drexel,
Mrs. Thomas Hitchcock, Mrs. Denniston Slater, Mrs. Douglas Campbell,
Mrs. Edward F. Hutton, Mrs. Joseph E. Levine, Mrs. Owen R. Cheatham,
Mrs. Donald S. Stralem, Mrs. Seymour Berkson, Mrs. J. Gordon Douglas,
Mrs. Victor W. Farris, Mrs. Henry J. Heinz 2d, Mrs. Elizabeth N. Graham
(Elizabeth Arden), Mrs. O. Roy Chalk, Mrs. C. Ruxton Love, Mrs. C.
Blaffer Hudson, and Mrs. F. Raymond Johnson. Other members of committes
were Mrs. Harvey Firestone, Mrs. William Woodward, Mrs. Archbold Van
Beuren, Mrs. Joseph Verner Reed Jr., Mrs. John Barry Ryan, Mrs. Harry
Payne Bingham, Mrs. James A. Burden, Mrs. Joseph A.Neff, Mrs. Winthrop
Aldrich, Mrs. T. Reed Vreeland, Mrs. Ogden Reid, Mrs. Clark Williams,
Mrs. T. Suffern Tailer,
Mrs. George Vanderbilt, Mrs. Jere W. Lord Jr.,
Mrs. S. Joseph Tankoos Jr., and Mrs. Draper Boncompagni. (10th Heart of
America Ball Will Be Held on May 5. New York Times, Apr. 11, 1965.)
Mrs. Preston Davie was vice chairman of the Manhattan women's
division of the New York Heart Association. Dr. Alfred P. Fishman was
president. Mrs. Charles A. Blackwell and Mrs. Lyon Slater were
co-chairmen of the fund drive. Mrs. Harry Payne Bingham and Mrs. Edmund
P. Rogers were honorary vice chairmen. Mrs. William C. Langley was
chairman of special projects, with Mrs. George F. Baker Jr., Mrs. Andre
deCoppett, Mrs. Frederick A. Melhado, Mrs. Joseph Verner Reed Jr., and
Mrs. Oscar Seagar as vice chairmen. The campaign committee members
included Mrs. Wolcott Blair, Mrs. Milton M. Reid, Mrs. Earl Harkness,
Mrs. A. Allston Flagg, Mrs. George U. Harris, Mrs. Roderick Tower, Miss
Charlotte Ford, Mrs. A.C. Bostwick, Mrs. Arthur P. Felton 2d, Mrs.
Herbert Weston, Mrs. Frederick Lee Liebolt, and Mrs. Harold E.B.
Pardee. (Lunch Will Open Campaign in Aid Of Heart Patients. New York
Times, Nov. 14, 1965.)
The Dutchess of Windsor and Mrs. John V. Lindsay were honorary
chairmen of the 11th annual Heart of America ball, sponsored by
Schenley Industries, Inc. Mrs. Edwin F. Russell was ball chairman, and
the advsiory committee was headed by Mrs. Preston Davie, with Mrs.
Charles A. Blackwell, Mrs. Albert D. Lasker, Mrs. Lowell Weicker, Mrs.
Lyon Slater, Mrs. Jacob J. Rosenblum, and Mrs. Richard West. Other
special committee chairmen were Mrs. Alexander H. McLanahan, Mrs. J.
Gordon Douglas, Mrs. Robert J. Gurney, Mrs. Joseph Levine, Mrs. Henry
J. Heinz 2d, Mrs. John R. Drexel, Mrs. Thomas Hitchcock, Mrs. Seymour
Berkson, Miss Jo Hughes, and Mrs. F. Raymond Johnson. Committee members
included Mrs. Edward F. Hutton, Mrs. Elizabeth N. Graham (Elizabeth
Arden), Mrs. Owen R. Cheatham, Mrs. Donald Stralem, Mrs. T. Reed
Vreeland, Mrs. C. Ruxton Love, Mrs. William B. Jaffee and Mrs.
Denniston Slater. (Heart Fund Ball Is Set for May 4 In the Set Room.
New York Times, Mar. 6, 1966.)
Officers of the American Heart Association: W. Gerald Austen,
President; Richard H.C. Taylor, Chairman; John W. Eckstein,
President-Elect; Harriet P. Dustan, Immediate Past President; Gerald M.
Turino, Councils; Malcolm R. Parker, Program; Howard E. Morgan,
Research. Scientific Council Chairmen: Arichard J. Havel,
Ateriosclerosis; Glenn A. Langer, Basic Science; Solbert Permutt,
Cardiopulmonary Diseases; Robert H. Feldt, Cardiovascular Disease in
the Young; Grace E. Brown, Cardiovascular Nursing; M. Paul Capp,
Cardiovascular Radiology; Russell M. Nelson, Cardiovascular Surgery;
Francis M. Abboud, Circulation; Harold T. Dodge, Clinical Cardiology;
Richard D. Remington, Epidemiology; Jacques Genest, High Blood
Pressure; George A. Porter, Kidney; Abe B. Baker, Stroke Council;
Edward Genton, Council on Thrombosis. (51st Scientific
Sessions, Nov. 13-16, 1978, Dallas, Texas.)