"At the 38th Annual Meeting of the American Gynecological Society held on May 7, 1913 at Washington decided to establish a society at the national level for cancer control, that is, the American Society for the Control of Cancer. On May 22, 1913, the Society was actually created at a meeting of ten doctors and five laymen. The purpose of the society was to disseminate knowledge concerning symptoms, treatment and prevention of cancer; to investigate conditions under which cancer is found; and to compile statistics with regard thereto." George C. Clark [of Clark, Dodge & Co., private bankers], was president from 1913-19; Dr. Charles A. Powers from 1919-22; Dr. Howard C. Taylor from 1922-30; Dr. Jonathan M. Wainwright from 1930-32; and George H. Bigelow from 1932-34. Dr. George Soper, an epidemiologist, was the first Managing Director in 1922, and Clarence Cook Little became Managing Director in 1929. (Early Contributions of Non-Government Organizations I. Japan and USA. By Kunio Aoki. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention 2001;2:15-26.)Aoki, 2001 / Thai Graphic (pdf, 12pp)
Cleveland called the meeting in April 1913 to organize a
National Anti-Cancer Association. (Rich Women Begin a War on Cancer.
New York Times, Apr. 13, 1913.) The next month, they met a committee of
physicians in the Harvard Club in New York. (To Extend Fight on Cancer.
New York Times, May 23, 1913.) Officers of The National Anticancer
Association ( its temporary name), President: George C. Clark, New
Vice presidents: Dr. Clement Cleveland, New York; Lewis M. McMurty,
Louisville; Dr. Edward Reynolds, Boston; Dr. Edward Martin,
Philadelphia; and Dr. L.F.
Baltimore. Secretary: Thomas M.
Debevoise, New York. The executive committee: Dr. George Brewer,
York; Dr. F.F. Simpson, Pittsburgh; Dr. Livingston Farrand, New York;
A.D. Bevan, Chicago; Dr. Leroy
Broun, New York; Dr. Howard Lilienthal, New York; Dr. Jeff Miller, New
Orleans; Dr. James E. Wing, New York; Dr. Charles Powers, Denver;
Reuben Peterson, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Dr. William M. Studiford, New York;
Dr. Howard C. Taylor, New York; John
E. Parsons and V. Everitt Macy. The laymen's committee: James Speyer, V.
Everitt Macy, Thomas
W. Lamont, George C.
Clark, F.L. Hoffman, John E. Parsons, and Thomas M. Debevoise. "Among
the women who will aid in the work are Mrs. James Speyer, Mrs. E.R.
Hewitt, Mrs. Robert
G. Mead, Mrs. Robert C. Black, Mrs. Frederick W.
Vanderbilt, Mrs. George C. Clark, Mrs. V. Everitt Macy, Mrs.
Winthrop Gray, Mrs. Russell Sage, Mrs. F.F. Thompson, and Mrs. Robert W. de Forest."
Fight Cancer. Boston Daily Globe, May 23, 1913.) Mrs. Thomas M.
Debevoise was a niece of Henry
W. Farnam, S&B 1874, of the Life Extension Institute
"Committee of Fifty" anti-smoking conspiracy.
Vice-President of the Columbia-Knickerbocker Trust
Company, was elected Treasurer, the only office which was not filled at
the first meeting... Mrs. Robert G. Mead was chosen Chairman of the
Committee on Ways and Means, with power to chose [sic] other members.
Among the women who are interested in the movement are Mrs. Russell
Sage, Mrs. F.W. Vanderbilt, and Mrs. James Speyer." (Organize to Fight
Cancer. New York Times, June 10, 1913, p. 22.)
"'The society has been launched by men of the highest standing in the medical profession, including Dr. Clement Cleveland of New York, Lewis M. McMurtrie of Louisville, Dr. A.D. Devin of Chicago, Dr. Joseph C. Bloodgood of Baltimore, Dr. Edward Reynolds of Boston, Dr. Edward Martin of Philadelphia, Dr. F.F. Simpson of Pittsburgh, Dr. C. Jeff Miller of New Orleans, Dr. Charles Powers of Denver, Dr. F.R. Greene, Secretary of the American Medical Association, and Dr. Livingston Farrand, Executive Secretary of the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis. Frederick L. Hoffman and Samuel Hopkins Adams, who have done much for popularizing sound medical knowledge, are members of the Executive Committee, as are such leaders in the world of affairs as George C. Clark, James Speyer, New York banker, and V. Everit Macy, who is identified with several of the great movements for social advance. The movement started in a committee appointed by the American Gynecological Society. The organization was approved by the other constituent bodies of the Congress of American Physicians and Surgeons, and by the American Medical Association. Further stimulus has come from the Clinical Congress of Surgeons of North America at its recent meeting in Chicago.'" (Address by Graham Romeyn Taylor, in: National Society to Fight Cancer. New York Times, Nov. 30, 1913, p. 12.)
[Livingston Farrand was Executive Secretary of the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis from 1905 to 1914 (which had been co-founded by William Henry Welch, S&B 1870); and was later president of the University of Colorado and Cornell University (1921-1937).]
At the meeting of the New York Academy of Medicine in
with the ASCC, Dr. George D. Stewart and others proclaimed that radium
was useless. And, "Dr. F.C. Wood of Columbia University said that
experiments in recent years in search of a cure for cancer had been
based largely upon the methods learned in developing remedies for
bacteriological diseases. He said that it had now been established
almost beyond question that cancer was not a germ disease nor in any
way allied to germ diseases, and that much of the work done lately in
laboratories had been in the way of unlearning the theories which had
been built up on the analogy of bacterial diseases. He said that
nothing had been accomplished in the search for the cause of the
disease beyond the disproof of the theory that cancer was communicable
or that it was brought into the body of the patient in any way from the
outside." Louis I. Dublin, statistician of the Metropolitan Life
Insurance Company, said that early diagnosis and early treatment would
reduce mortality by one-third. Officers elected at the annual meeting
of the ASCC were George C. Clark of New York, President; Dr. L.F.
of Baltimore, Dr.
Arthur Dean Bevan of Chicago, Dr. Lewis S. McMurtry of Louisville, and
Dr. Edward Reynolds of Boston, vice presidents; Thomas M. Debevoise of
New York, secretary; Howard Bayne of New York, Treasurer; Curtis E.
Lakeman of New York, Secretary. New directors elected: Prof. C.E.A. Winslow of Yale, Dr.
Charles H. Hastings
of Toronto, Dr. M.F. Engman of St. Louis, Dr. Robert B. Greenough
Boston, Dr. Joseph Ransohoff of Cincinnati, Dr. W.D. Haggard of
Nashville, and Dr. Palmer Findley of Omaha. (Call Surgery Only Remedy
for Cancer. New York Times, May 19, 1916.) In fact, in 1914, Dr. Edward
C. Rosenau of the University of Chicago had performed experiments
demonstrating that ulcers
infectious disease, and Drs. H. Hartmann and P.
Lecène found that stomach ulcers degenerated into cancer.
Hoffman produced a report for the Trinity Church Corporation
the charge of the New York Board of Health that the death rate was much
higher in the Trinity tenements than in the city at large. The New York
was carrying out a series of exposés of the tenements. (Trinity
Prints A Denial. New York Times, Jun. 29, 1895.) Col. S. Van Rensselaer
controller of the Trinity Corporation, was opposed to carrying out the
Health Department order that there be running water on each floor. He
said, "We believe it is better not to have water in old houses. The
water in the yard is accessible for all tenants. The tenants of such
houses are usually dirty, and if they had water in the halls the floors
would always be wet. Our tenants are better off with water in the yard
than in the halls. Another thing, the expense, of making such
improvements would be great." (Water Not Supplied Freely. New York
Times, Dec. 9, 1894.) Just prior to the formation of The National
Anticancer Association, which Hoffman said was in progress, he
proclaimed cancer to be a great menace to the American people.
(Declares Cancer A National Menace. New York Times, May 8, 1913.) His
first study, "Vital Statistics of the Negro," was published in 1892,
while he worked in the Norfolk office of the Life Insurance Company of
Virginia. It provided pretext for the insurance companies to charge
higher life insurance rates for blacks, which violated the
anti-discrimination legislation of that era. His claims that smoking
causes cancer, which began in 1915, were likewise drawn without due
concern for the now-proven role of infection, and supply the companies
with the pretext to discriminate against smokers. (The Rediscovered
Prophet. Frederick L. Hoffman (1865-1946. By Francis J. Sypher.
American National Biography, Oxford University Press 1999;10:940-942.)
A few years before the formation of the New York Heart
using data collected by the Department of Commerce through the Bureau
of the Census, Hoffman trumpeted the menace of heart disease. (Diseases
of the Heart Now Lead Country's Mortality. New York Times, Dec. 30,
1923.) Hoffman was born in Varel, Germany. He was associated with the
Prudential Life Insurance Company from 1894 to 1934, and was a
consulting statistician for the Biochemical Research Foundation of the
Franklin Institute of Philadelphia. He was honored with an L.L.D. from
Tulane University in 1911. Ella H. Rigney (Mrs. Francis J. Rigney) and
Mrs. Alexander Markoff were two of his daughters. (Dr. Hoffman Dies;
Actuarial Expert. New York
Times, Feb. 25, 1946.) Markoff was a former White Russian who was in
the British Army intelligence service in Constantinople until 1923. He
was a translator at the United Nations. (Alexander Markoff, 56. New
York Times, Feb. 12, 1957.)
Howard Canning Taylor M.D. was professor of clinical
Columbia from 1913 to 1949, chief gynecologist at Roosevelt Hospital
from 1910 to 1939, and a consultant at numerous other hospitals in New
York and Connecticut. He was the son of Arthur Canning Taylor and Mary
Ellen Wakeman, daughter of Talcott Banks and Abigail Hyde (Coley)
Wakeman, and was born at Green's Farms, near Westport, Conn. (Obituary
Record Graduates of Yale University Deceased during
the Year 1948-1949, pp. 90-91; and: Descendants of Francis Jessup. Jann
Anderson's Home Page, Family Tree Maker.)
His mother's cousin, William James Wakeman M.D., Yale 1876,
career Army doctor. (Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale, 1900-1910,
Another cousin was Alfred John Wakeman, Sheffield 1887, of the Christian A. Herter
Laboratory, and father of Alfred Maurice Wakeman
M.D., Yale 1919, of the Yellow Fever Commission of the Rockefeller
Foundation. (Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University 1928-1929,
p. 198.) Alfred J. Wakeman was a co-author of Chemical Investigations of the
Plant (Carnegie Institute of Washington. Publication no.
1933. By Hubert Bradford Vickery, Charles Stanley Leavenworth, George
Walter Pucher, and Alfred John Wakeman).
Dr. Howard C. Taylor blamed smoking as the primary cause of oral
cancers, and harped about it repeatedly. (Cancer Its Study
Prevention. By Howard Canning Taylor, M.D. Lea & Febiger, 1915.)
His son, Howard Canning Taylor Jr., Yale 1920, married Caroline Bayard Colgate, a daughter of Sidney Morse Colgate, Scroll & Key 1885, the president and chairman of Colgate-Palmolive-Peet. (Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year 1930-1931, pp. 80-81.) His ushers included Samuel Bayard Colgate ex-1921, Foster Rhea Dulles and Thomas Turlay Mackie. (Caroline Colgate Becomes Bride of Howard Taylor Jr. Bridgeport Telegram, Sep. 10, 1923.) Taylor was an usher at Mackie's marriage to Caroline Bleecker Van Cortlandt. Mackie graduated from Harvard in 1918, and was studying medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. (Mackie-VanCortlandt. New York Times, Jun. 21, 1921.) Foster R. Dulles was a cousin of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and his brother, Allen W. Dulles, head of the Central Intelligence Agency. He graduated from Princeton in 1921, and was professor of history at Ohio State University from 1941 to 1965. (Foster R. Dulles, Historian, Dies. New York Times, Sep. 12, 1970.) Howard C. Taylor 3d [Yale 1951] of the Navy Medical Corps married Dulles' daughter, Sara Winslow Dulles. (Sara W. Dulles Engaged to Wed. New York Times, Mar. 2, 1958.) Mackie was Professor of Preventive Medicine at Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest, N.C. (Thomas Mackie, Specialist, Dead. New York Times, October 6, 1955.) Mackie was survived by his third wife, the former Helen Holme, Cornell 1929, who was a trustee of both the University of Connecticut and Cornell, and a member of the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania. (2 Elected At Cornell. New York Times, Jun. 9, 1957.)Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale, 1930-1931 / Yale University Library (pdf, 345 pp)
Dr. Howard C. Taylor Jr. was an attending physician at Roosevelt Hospital from 1936 to 1946, and chief of service at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons from 1946-1955. (Dr. H.C. Taylor Jr., Gynecologist, Dies. By Peter Kerr. New York Times, Mar. 24, 1985.) He was elected a vice president of Presbyterian Hospital. (Heads the Medical Board of Presbyterian Hospital in 1946. New York Times, Jul. 28, 1949.) In 1957, he was chairman of the American Cancer Society's ad hoc committee on smoking which urged all public health agencies to take action against smoking. Dr. Lowell T. Coggeshall was elected president to succeed Dr. David A. Wood of San Francisco. Former Governor Walter J. Kohler [Yale 1925] presided. (Society Accepts Cancer-Smoke Tie. New York Times, Nov. 2, 1957.) Members of the Ad Hoc Committee on Smoking and Health were: Dr. Warren H. Cole, of the University of Illinois College of Medicine; Dr. John R. Heller, then Director of the National Cancer Institute; Dr. Ochsner; Dr. Ernest L. Stebbins, of Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Howard C. Taylor, Jr., Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Rutherford L. Ellis, Chairman of the Board of Lipscomb-Ellls Co., Atlanta, Ga.; William B. Lewis, Chairman of the Board of Kenyon & Eckhardt, Inc., New York City; Monroe J. Rathbone, President and Director of Standard Oil of New Jersey; Dr. Ira DeA. Reid, Professor of Sociology, Haverford College, and Frank L. Taylor, Executive Vice President and Director of the New York Herald Tribune. The Society reafflrmed the importance of presenting basic findings on the link between cigarettes and lung cancer to the public. The Board authorized production of suitable educational materials, including materials designed specifically for high school and college students, and authorized a one-year study of the smoking habits of teen-agers in the Portland, Oregon, school system which would involve nearly 22,000 high school students. Action followed. In December of 1957, the Society began distribution of its leaflet, 'To Smoke Or Not To Smoke.'" (The Position of the American Cancer Society Regarding Tobacco and Lung Cancer. To the City Editor [form letter]. American Cancer Society News Service, Jan. 7, 1964, pages 11-12.)To the City Editor, Jan. 7, 1964 / UCSF (pdf, 1 p)
His brother, Burton Wakeman Taylor, Yale 1928, married a
George O. May, a co-founder and senior partner of the American branch
of the accounting firm Price-Waterhouse & Co. (May-Taylor. New
Times, Feb. 2, 1928; Taylor-May. New York Times, Jun. 2, 1929.) The
Mays were from Teignmouth, England, and their son, Oliver May,
graduated from Yale in 1930. (Mrs. George Oliver May. New York Times,
Feb. 16, 1932; George O. May, 86, Accounting Dean. New York Times, May
family, including Albert D. Lasker, his mother Nettie,
brother Edward (President of the Texas Star Flour Mills in Galveston),
and sisters Florina, Loula, and Etta (Mrs. Samuel J. Rosensohn) donated
$50,000 to the American Society for the Control of Cancer, in honor of
Harry M. Lasker, who died of cancer in March 1921.
Cancer. Washington Post, Feb. 28, 1922.) "By 1924 this fund was
increased to $75,000. Between April 1923 and December 1941 the Lasker
bequest had produced an income of $62,665, which the Society had
applied to various educational projects over this 18-year period." (The
American Cancer Society and Cancer Research Origins and Organization:
1913-1943. By Victor A. Triolo and Michael B. Shimkin. Cancer Res 1969
Sep;29(9):1615-1641, which cites: What One Family Has Done for Cancer
Control. By Clarence C. Little. National Bulletin, 1942 Apr;24:3-4.)
Elected to the board of directors of the ASCC in 1923: Dr.
Taylor (also Vice President and Chairman of the Executive Committee),
of the U.S. Mortgage and Trust Company (also Treasurer),
Thomas M. Debevoise (also Secretary) and Mrs. Robert G. Mead. Dr.
Edward Reynolds was made Chairman of the Advisory Council and Drs.
Clement Cleveland, Livingston Farrand, George E. Armstrong of Montreal,
and Dr. Rudolph Matas of New Orleans were chosen Vice Chairmen. Members
of the Executive Committee: Cleveland, Debevoise, Mead, Reynolds; Mrs.
Samuel Adams Clark; Dr. Haven
Dr. John C.A. Gerster; Dr.
Howard Lilienthal; Drs. George H. Semken and Francis Carter Wood of New
York; Drs. Joseph Colt Bloodgood and Thomas S. Cullen of Baltimore; Dr.
Robert B. Greenough of Boston; Dr. Frederick L. Hoffman; and Curtis E.
Lakeman of Albany. (Cancer Society Meets. New York Times, March 4,
Dr. Howard C. Taylor was elected president to succeed the late Charles A. Powers; Dr. Francis Carter Wood, Vice President, Thomas M. Debevoise Secretary, and Calvert Brewer, Treasurer. Dr. George A. Soper was the managing director. (Aided By Cancer Campaign. New York Times, Mar. 9, 1925.) During the early 1920s, the ASCC established branches in Europe. "Its managing director, Dr. George A. Soper, toured Europe in 1924, visiting the twenty-odd cancer societies that had been inspired by the success of the ASCC and looking into research and treatment facilities. He reported his findings in "Cancer Control in Europe," which was published by the Society in 1925. The Executive Committee decided that 'the investigation of what other countries were doing in regard to cancer control had produced much information.' This led logically to the idea of holding an international cancer symposium. The dates were September 20-24, 1926; the place Lake Mohonk, New York." (From "Crusade: The Official History of the American Cancer Society," by Walter S. Ross, Arbor House Publishing Co., 1987.)
The Executive Committee of the ASCC, 1926: Dr. Howard C.
President; Dr. George A. Soper; Dr. Joseph C. Bloodgood, Baltimore;
Calvert Brewer, New York; Mrs. Samuel Adams Clark, New York; Dr.
Clement Cleveland; Dr. Thomas S. Cullen, Baltimore; Thomas M.
Debevoise, Dr. Haven Emerson, Dr. James Ewing, Dr. John C.A. Gerster,
of New York; Dr. Robert B. Greenough, Boston; Dr. F.L. Hoffman,
Wellesley Hills, Mass.; Curtis E. Lakeman, Dr. Howard Lilienthal and
Mrs. Robert G. Mead of New York; Dr. Edward Reynolds, Boston, and Dr.
George H. Semken, New York. Francis Carter Wood had just returned from
Europe, where the British Empire Cancer Campaign and Imperial Cancer
Research Fund has been recently founded. (Bid Nation Awake to Fight on
Cancer. New York Times, Jan. 20, 1926.)
In May 1926, John D. Rockefeller Jr. made an unconditional gift of $100,000 to the ASCC, plus an additional $10,000 toward expenses for a congress of cancer specialists at Lake Mohonk, to be held in September. Winthrop W. Aldrich was Chairman of the Campaign Committee. "The active Campaign Committee... includes Thomas M. Debevoise, Walter Douglas, Robert C. Hill, Ivy L. Lee, V. Everit Macy, Mrs. Robert G. Mead, Samuel W. Reyburn, Dean Sage, Miss Elsie M. Schefer, Dr. George A. Soper, Louis Morris Starr and Allen Wardwell... The active Campaign Committee of which Mr. Aldrich is Chairman is part of a larger General Committee, headed by Thomas W. Lamont. Other members are John G. Agar, Ancell H. Ball, Howard Bayne, Calvert Brewer, Robert S. Brewster, Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, Dr. S. Parkes Cadman, Lewis L. Clark, Dr. Henry Sloane Coffin, Everett Colby, Archibald Douglas, Frederick H. Ecker, Haley Fiske, Charles Hayden, Charles Evans Hughes, Darwin P. Kingsley, Robert R. Laidlaw, Mrs. William B. Meloney, Albert G. Milbank, Edgar Park, Seward Prosser, the Very Rev. Howard C. Robbins, Finley J. Shepard, James Speyer, Frederick Strauss and Owen D. Young." (Rockefeller Aids Cancer Study Fund. New York Times, May 3, 1926, p.9.) Cadman, Coffin, Hughes, and Young were all members of the Advisory Committee of the Yale Institute of Human Relations in 1929.
In 1926, the ASCC participated in C.-E.A. Winslow's centralization of the US health establishment.
At a luncheon at the Bankers Club, 120 Broadway,
with Thomas W.
Lamont of J.P. Morgan & Co. presiding, Winthrop W. Aldrich
announced that gifts of $199,500 had raised the total to $338,515.
These were from Edward S.Harkness, $100,000; J.P. Morgan & Co.,
$50,000; Walter C. Ladd and V. Everitt Macy, $11,000 each; Stephen C.
Clark, $10,000; Anonymous, $5,000; Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Ball, $2,500; and
$1000 each from Winthrop W. Aldrich, Howard Bayne, John R. Bradley,
Bernardo Braga, T.M. Debevoise, Walter W. Douglas, Dean Sage, James
Speyer, and Dr.
H.C. Taylor. "Faulty care of the teeth and the excessive use of tobacco
were mentioned by Dr. James Ewing, director of cancer research at the
Memorial Hospital, as dangerous hazards leading to possible causes of
cancer. Dr. Ewing told of 'white spot disease,' whose symptoms are tiny
white spots on the tongue or skin of a hardened smoker. 'When that
occurs it is time for the smoker to lay down his cigar for good,' said
Dr. Ewing, 'if he would stave off a possible attack of cancer.'"
(Anti-Cancer Fund Goes to $338,515. New York Times, Jun. 19, 1926.)
James Ewing was featured with about three-fourths of the space given to the Lake Mohonk cancer congress (Assails Overeating As Cause of Cancer. New York Times, Sep. 23, 1926, p. 10.) "Overemphasis on hereditary tendency toward cancer and ill-grounded announcements of the discoveries of alleged cancer-causing organisms have retarded the course of cancer prevention and cancer control, according to Dr. James Ewing of New York, who addressed the conference of cancer specialists meeting here at the call of the American Society for the Control of Cancer.
"Many cancers are the result of known irritations and are preventable, said Dr. Ewing. 'Cancers of the lip, mouth, tongue, and tonsil,' he added, 'are due mainly to broken or sharp-edged and uneven teeth or to tobacco. Gastric cancer is generally traced to abuse of the stomach. Early and abrupt weaning is a frequent cause of mammary cancer, although these and other cancers are the result of known causes and can be prevented...'
"Opposes Parasitic Theory. 'Another far more serious is the widespread assumption of the parasitic theory of the origin of cancer. If cancer is due to the action of an unknown, microscopic, perhaps ultramicroscopic universal parasite, then effectual prevention must wait upon its discovery.'" [Sic. What is the point of insisting upon a "universal parasite" when there are a multitude of viruses and microorganisms, each afflicting different tissues and organs. And since when are one's preferences in prevention the determinant of cause? -cast]
"'At the present day I have no hesitation in committing myself without reservation against this theory. With most general pathologists, I regard it as incompatible with the known facts about cancer. [Sic - which amounted to virtually nothing -cast] The assumption of a universal cancer parasite can only be held by those who assume in addition that cancer is a single disease, comparable to tuberculosis. [Sic - this is a red herring concocted by the enemies of Germ Theory -cast] This assumption appears to be untenable. [So who would want to advance it anyway? This is a straw man -cast] Cancer is not a single pathological entity, but a great group of diseases of various origin and course.'
"After a discussion of the various types cancer Dr. Ewing continued: 'If there were less anticipation of the imminent discovery of the universal cancer parasite, fewer announcements of its demonstration and more recognition of the specific exciting factors of cancer the cause of cancer control would be benefited.' [Sic - only the cause of controlling peoples' lives would benefit -cast]
"'Finally the chief difficulty in arousing interest in the prevention of cancer is found in the necessary absence of immediate tangible results. Since the major forms of cancer are largely the result of human habits and bad habits, a certain intelligent reformation of the habits of the race must be accomplished before cancer prevention can show very tangible results. There is all the more need of approaching the subject with a sane systematic program.' [The health fascists do not want to admit that an oncogenic virus may be contracted merely by the "bad habit" of going to work, where one is exposed to someone who infected others before realizing that they were infected! -cast]
"Points to Perils of Overeating. Discussing gastric cancer,
Ewing continued: 'Man is the only animal who lives a long natural life
with unrestricted access to unlimited quantities of food, and he is the
only animal who suffers from gastric cancer. [Sic!] Habitual
over-eating is a nearly universal human practice. We are in a safe
position to point out to the public that the commonest and one of the
most fatal forms of cancer is due to habitual abuse of the stomach.'"
He smugly proclaimed that "It requires more than average intelligence
to accept and act on advice which entails somewhat minute attention to
one's organs. It also entails some time and means. Thus, when the means
of prevention of cancer become widely known, cancer may become the
eliminator of the unwary, the unintelligent, and the unfit.'" [This is
scientific obstructionism in order to blame the victim for stomach
cancer caused by Helicobacter pylori infection, rationalized with the
fashionable rhetoric of Social Darwinism -cast]
The Lake Mohonk conference was closed with a dinner at the Astor on Sep. 24, 1926. Speakers included Canadian publicist Stephen Leacock; Wendell C. Phillips, president of the American Medical Association; Dr. William H. Welch; Dr. Raffaele Bastinelli, professor of surgery at the University of Rome, and Premier Mussolini's private physician; Dr. Henri Hartmann of Paris, director of the Anti-Cancer Centre at the Hotel Dieu; Dr. H.T. Deelman of the University of Gröningen, Holland; John Bland-Sutton, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, London, and Vice Chairman of the British Empire Cancer Campaign. (Leacock Denounces Quacks. New York Times, Sep 25, 1926.)
Ewing was the first professor of pathology at Cornell
Medical School in 1899 [which had been newly created and funded by
Tobacco Trust member Oliver
H. Payne since 1898 -cast]. Ewing became an
authority in cancer research after helping establish the Collis P.
Huntington Fund for Cancer Research in 1902. He was also a co-founder
of the American Association for Cancer Research in 1907. After meeting
mining engineer James
president of the Phelps-Dodge Company,
which was a major producer of radium, Ewing became one of the pioneers
of radium treatment for cancer. Douglas's financial support of Memorial
Hospital included the requirement that Ewing be appointed its
pathologist. (The History of the Society of Surgical Oncology. The
Society of Surgical Oncology,
Inc.) As the head of cancer treatment at Memorial Hospital, Ewing
refused to allow the use of Coley's
Toxins, and the ASCC and its successor, the American Cancer
Society, continued Ewing's vendetta. Ewing was the son of Judge Thomas
Ewing of Pittsburgh, and Julia Rupert Hufnagle. (The History of the
Society of Surgical Oncology. The Society of Surgical Oncology, Inc.)
James Ewing married Catherine Crane Halsted in 1900. She and her brother, James Maven Halsted, had an income of $450 a year from a trust fund in the hands of the New York Trust Company when they were kids. Their father was Charles Stockton Halsted, a son of James Maver Halsted, of the old firm of Halsted, Haines & Co. (Called It Extravagant. New York Times, Dec. 19, 1894.) His brother-in-law, James M. Halsted, of the stock brokerasge firm of McQoid & Coady, died at Ewing's home of a heart ailment. (James H.[sic] Halstead. New York Times, Aug. 12, 1938.) Mrs. James Maver Halsted was Josephine Douglas, a daughter of Alfred Douglas. (Mrs. James M. Halsted. New York Times, Oct. 23, 1938.) The elder James M. Halsted was a director of the Equitable Life Assurance Society.
His brother, Henry Rupert Ewing, graduated from Yale in 1881.
was not in public office, but was a useful member of Repuiblican
committees." (Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale, 1900-1910, p. 765.)
James Ewing was best man
for his brother, Thomas Ewing of
Pittsburgh, to Mary Guthrie James, at Saratoga. (Weddings of a Day. New
York Times, June 10, 1903.) His
niece, Barbara, married Lathrop
Stanley Haskins, a banker with J.P. Morgan & Co.
Engaged to Wed. New York Times, Mar. 7, 1932; Miss Ewing Makes Her
Bridal Plans. New York Times, Apr. 16, 1932.)
P. Huntington (1821-1900),
for whom the Fund for Cancer
Research was named, was a business partner of Leland Stanford
Central Pacific Railroad and the Southern Pacific Railroad companies.
His adopted son, Archer M. Huntington, was on the board of trustees of
Memorial Hospital, and his widow gave $100,000 to the institution.
(Mrs. C.P. Huntington's Gift. Presents $100,000 to General Memorial
Hospital for Treatment of Cancer and Allied Diseases. New York Times,
May 24, 1902, p.7.) Collis Huntington was a director of Pacific Mail
Steamship Company between 1890 and 1900; Oliver H. Payne of the Tobacco
Trust and the Standard Oil Trust, who funded Cornell University's new
Medical School in 1898, was a fellow director (Classified Ad. New York
Times, May 30, 1890, p.6). James
Speyer, member of the ASCC General
Committee in 1926, had been Huntington's banker for 30 years.
Huntington also founded the city of Newport News, Virginia, and its
naval shipyard. Collis Huntington's private secretary, former newspaper
man George E. Miles, "accompanied Horace
on his memorable Presidential campaign tour in 1872, and took verbatim
reports of all of Mr. Greeley's speeches." (Close to Eminent Men. New
York Times, July 12, 1891.) Mrs. Collis P. Huntington also gave
$250,000 to the Harvard Medical School, specifically for a building to
be named after her late husband. (Money Gifts to Harvard. New York
Times, Mar. 14, 1902.)
James Ewing was anointed the nation's cancer messiah with his picture on the cover of Time magazine, Jan. 12, 1931. In February, he was honored at a dinner by the medical board of Memorial Hospital, which was attended by 400 leading physicians. He was hailed as "the greatest cancer fighter" and presented with a "Book of Homage," compiled by Frank E. Adair. He was praised by James B. Murphy of the Rockefeller Institute, Livingston Farrand, Rockefeller attorney Thomas M. Debevoise, Surgeon General Hugh S. Cumming, C.C. Little, and others. President Herbert Hoover, Secretary of the Interior Ray Lyman Wilbur, William H. Welch sent their regrets at being unable to attend. (Dr. Ewing Honored for Cancer Fight. New York Times, Feb. 1, 1931.) Time magazine was founded in 1923 by two members of Skull & Bones class of 1920, Henry Robinson Luce and Briton Hadden.Ewing Cover, Jan. 12, 1931 / Time magazine
The ASCC recieved $10,000 each from Mrs. E.B. Blossom and Jeremiah
Milbank; $5,000 each, William Bonbright, Clarence H. Mackay,
C.E.F. McCann; $3,000 each from Max C. Fleischmann and Hiram W. Sibley;
$2,500 each from C.W.
and H.G. Dalton;
Willis Peters; and $1,000 each from R. Fulton Cutting, Mrs. H.P.
Davison, Howard Elliott, H.M.
Jr., Mr. and Mrs.
P.W. Harvey, Charles Hayden, Mrs. I.W. Laidlaw, Robert R. Laidlaw, J.L.
Severance, Frederick Strauss, and two anonymous donations. Present at
the proceedings were Hugh
Barnes, Willis H.
Edwin M. Bulkley,
S. Butler, George
F. Butterworth, George E. Canfield, Stephen P. Duggan, Mrs. Lyttleton
Fox, Francis T. Hines, George O. May, Frank
L. Polk, Henry
Mrs. Charles Leonard, and Mrs. Russell
Colgate. (Cancer Fund Gains $90,000 in Campaign. New York Times, Sep.
28, 1926.) The Very Rev. Howard Chandler Robbins, Dean of the
Cathedral of St.
John the Divine, was Chairman of the Church Committee of the ASCC Fund.
Thomas W. Lamont was general chairman. (To Aid in Cancer Control. New
York Times, Oct. 17, 1926.) The business men's committee consisted of
Winthrop W. Aldrich, Thomas M. Debevoise, Walter Douglas, Mansfield
Terry, Robert C. Hill, Samuel W. Reyburn and Dean Sage. They were
"largely instrumental in raising the $457,775 that has been given
already" toward a $1,000,000 endowment fund. (To Aid Cancer Society.
New York Times, Nov. 11, 1926.)
Patronesses of a benefit at the Colony Club were Mrs. Walter B. James, Mrs. Henry James, Mrs. Edward F. Hutton, Mrs. Francis C. Huntington, Mrs. Lyman Rhoades, Mrs. G. Beekman Hoppin, Mrs. Charles F. Hoffman, Mrs. Lyttleton Fox, Mrs. Ward Fenner, Mrs. Stuart Duncan, Mrs. Francis S. Drury, Mrs. L. Havemeyer Butt, Mrs. Thatcher M. Brown, Mrs. Linzee Blagden, Mrs. T. Towar Bates, Mrs. J. Stewart Barney, Mrs. John Aspegren, Mrs. Winthrop W. Aldrich, Mrs. John North Willys, Mrs. John A. Vietor, Mrs. Charles Lewis Tiffany, Miss Lucile Thornton and Miss Elsie M. Schefer; Miss Carol N. Rhoades, Mrs. Whitelaw Reid, Mrs. R. Burnside Potter, Mrs. Henry V. Poor, Mrs. Kenneth R. O'Brien, Mrs. Robert G. Mead, Miss Alice Lounsberry, Miss Maud Aguilar Leland, Mrs. Barant Lefferts, Mrs.Walter Jennings, Mrs. Edwin C. Jameson, Mrs. Hakan B. Steffanson, Mrs. Frederick L. Lutz, Mrs. Henry P. Davison, and Mrs. Everett Colby. (To Aid Cancer Society. New York Times, Nov. 29, 1926.)
At a dinner for the ASCC, William Lawrence Saunders, Chairman of the Board of the Ingersoll-Rand Co. and a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, offered $50,000 to anyone who could discover what cancer is and how it could be prevented, and another $50,000 for a cure. Henry W. Taft was toastmaster, and Nicholas Murray Butler and Charles Evans Hughes were hosts. ($100,000 Offered For Cancer Cure. New York Times, Dec. 16, 1926.) Contributors of $1,000 or more: William Hale Harkness, Arthur Curtiss James, and Dunlevy Milbank, $10,000 each; George F. Baker Sr., $5,000; Samuel Mather, $3,000; Mrs. Charles B. Alexander and E.F. Hutton, $2,500 each; Mr. and Mrs. Windsor T. White, $2,000; Anton G. Hodenpyl, $1,500; Through Mrs. Frederick Lutz, $1,418; 3 Anonymous, Mrs. B.P. Bole, Edwin M. Bulkley, The Citizens' Aid Society, Mrs. Stuart Duncan, Mrs. Coburn Haskell, Mrs. Della Halle Hays, Samuel W. Morris, Mrs. Harold Irving Pratt, Mrs. Albert Russell, and John R. Todd, $1,000 each. ($514,709 For Cancer Fight. New York Times, Dec. 31, 1926.)
R. Fulton Cutting pledged $250,000 toward the ASCC endowment
the remainder was raised before Oct. 1, 1927. John D. Rockefeller Jr.
had contributed $125,000 and Edward S. Harkness $100,000. Thomas W.
Lamont and Owen D. Young sponsored the luncheon. Also at the speakers'
table were Winthrop W. Aldrich, Thomas M. Debevoise, Mrs. Robert G.
Mead, John D. Rockefeller Jr., Lessing Rosenthal, George A. Soper, Dr.
Francis Carter Wood, head of the Crocker Institute of Cancer Research
at Columbia University; Dr. George E. Brewer, Professor Emeritus of the
College of Physicians and Surgeons; and Dr. Howard C. Taylor, President
of the ASCC. (Cutting Aids Fund to Fight Cancer. New York Times, Feb.
3, 1927.) "The largest gift during the month was one of $25,000 from
Miss Mary G. Thompson of 36 East Sixty-seventh Street. Other
contributors were: Walter E. Frew, $5,000; Murry Guggenheim, S.R.
Guggenheim and John F. Wilkie, $2,500 each; John E. Berwind,
[Jr.], John Henry Hammond, Gates W. McGarrah,William H.
Nichols, H. de B. Parsons, Charles Strauss, Myron C. Taylor,
Truesdale, Mrs. Stanley G. Flagg Jr. of Bryn Mawr, Pa., and
Stotesbury of Philadelphia, $1,000 each." ($50,000 to Cancer Society.
New York Times, Feb. 20, 1927.) [R. Fulton Cutting's daughter, Ruth,
was married to Reginald
L. Auchincloss; while his brother, Charles
Suydam Cutting, married the widow of American Tobacco heir James Cox Brady a
few years later.]
"The Dollars and Cents Ball" benefit: Ward W. Fenner was
the Emergency Committee (which was to escort the Entertainment
Committee in a fleet of private cars), who were Eugene Savage, Frank A.
Vanderlip Jr., E. Edward Schefer, Kenneth Ives, Rutger B. Porter,
Brooks Harlowe, John W. Leaycraft, George Dwight, Robert Jordan,
Charles Sise, Frederick
Delafield, Sherman Loud, Frederick J.
Woodbridge, John Ames, Ashton Dunn Jr., John G. Bates Jr., and H.
Hawley Myers. The Terpsichorean Committee, chaired by Mrs. Charles A.
Van Rensselaer Jr., was Mrs. Edward P. Bottsford, Mrs. Philip
Mrs. Howard F. Froelick, Mrs. Lawrence Jordan Mott, Mrs. Jennings Hine,
Mrs. David H. Houghtaling, Mrs. Henry Kelly Brent, Mrs. Chisholm Beach,
Mrs. Carl L. Vietor, Mrs. Ray
Mrs. William Everdell Jr., Mrs. William Kingsland Macy, Mrs. Auguste
Cordier Jr., Mrs. Samuel G. Rea, Mrs. Malcolm Hunter, Mrs. Sidney
Whelan, and the Misses Lucy Gurnee, Helen Meserve, Eleanor FitzGerald,
Helen Coley, Margaret Hatch, Jane Sullivan, Catherine Fuller and Bertha
Bates, and Charles A. Van Rensselaer Jr., Philip Graham, Lawrence
Jordan Mott, David H. Houghtaling, Halsey Colby, Carol L. Vietor and E.
Edward Schefer. Finally, "Miss Rosamond S. Auchincloss and her
cigarette girls, the Misses Kathleen Baker, Alice Whitehouse, Sophie
Gay, Grace Wrenn, Caroline Clark and Ethel Saltus, will wear costumes
representing the various kinds of cigarettes advertised." (Ball to Help
Medical Work. New York Times, Feb. 27, 1927.)
In Detroit, five-and-dime store magnate S.S. Kresge and W.A. Fisher of the Fisher Motor Company started a drive with $5,000 each. (Cancer Society Plans to Push Fund Drive. New York Times, May 19, 1927.)
Mrs. Henry P. Davison sponsored a three-day circus to benefit
ASCC. "Mrs. Brewster Jennings was in charge of refreshments, which were
sold by a large committee of young matrons. Mrs. Artemus L. Gates,
daughter of Mrs. Davison, was in charge of the tea garden, placed near
the dancing platform, which had been built over the sands of the
beach." Yachts owned by Mrs. Davison and George F. Baker Jr. plied the
waters, delivering patrons from Westchester and Connecticut. (Peacock
Point Fete Attracts Throngs. New York Times, Sep. 13, 1927.) Henry
Pomeroy Davison was chairman of the War Council of the American Red
Cross, which sent the mission to Russia to aid the
Davison Jr. was a member of Skull & Bones, 1920. Benjamin Brewster
was the son of Oliver Gould Jennings,
Skull & Bones 1887. His grandfathers, Benjamin Brewster and
Burr Jennings, were among the financiers of the Standard Oil Company,
and he was employed by this company and its successors since graduating
from Yale in 1920. After retiring in 1958, he was elected chairman of
the board of managers of Memorial Hospital in 1962. Mrs. Davison's
son-in-law, Artemus L. Gates,
was a member of Skull
& Bones, 1918. He was later a member of the advisory board of
American Heart Association,
and a member of the
board of directors of
The executive committee of the ASCC
consisted of Mrs. Robert
G. Mead; Dr. Howard Canning Taylor, President; Prof. Francis Carter
Wood, Vice President; Dr. James Ewing; Dr. George Soper, managing
director; Thomas Debevoise; and Curtis E. Lakeman, "a social welfare
expert and director of the Commonwealth Fund." The Treasurer was August
Zinsser, President of the Central Savings Bank; and Mrs. Samuel Adams
Clark was Chairman of the Membership Committee of the New York City
Committee. (Anti-Cancer Drive in Full Swing Today. New York Times, Nov.
A retired broker named Frederick Bruce left $10,000 to Johns
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.)
Henry F. Vaughan, Health Commissioner of Detroit, called for
Department involvement. Dr. Jonathan M. Wainwright, chairman of the
Pennsylvania Cancer Commission, suggested state cancer institutions and
other measures. The board of directors of the ASCC included Dr. Howard
Canning Taylor, president; Drs. Francis Carter Wood, Thomas M.
Debevoise, Calvert Brewer, and Robert G. Mead. (Wider Help Asked in
Fight on Cancer. New York Times, Mar. 4, 1928.)
The New York City Cancer Committee, a division of the ASCC,
East Seventy-fifth Street. Its president, Dr. John C.A. Gerster,
declared that "Cancer is not considered a germ disease. It is not
contagious, and there is no danger of geting it by nursing or treating
a case." Dr. P.K. Sauer was Secretary; August Zinsser, Treasurer; Mrs.
Francis J. Rigney, Chairman of Publicity; Susan M. Wood, Executive
Secretary. (New York to Hear Facts of Cancer. New York Times, Nov. 4,
A committee report called for the creation of cancer centers
limited number of large cities. Officers of the ASCC were Dr. Howard
Canning Taylor, professor of the Columbia University College of
Physicians and Surgeons, president; Dr. Francis Carter Wood, director
of the Crocker Institute of Cancer Research at Columbia, vice
president; Dr. Raymond V. Brokaw, acting director; Calvert Brewer, vice
president of the United States Mortgage and Trust Company, treasurer.
Assistant Surgeon General Arthur M. Stimson of the U.S. Public Health
Service, and Dr. Clarence C. Little, president of the University of
Michigan, also attended. (Cancer Institutes for Cities Urged. New York
Times, Apr. 28, 1929.)
Directors of the ASCC, elected to serve three years: W.W.
Calvert Brewer, Drs. George W. Bigelow, J.S. Horsley, Rupert H. Fike,
F.F. Russell, H. Gideon Wells, F.C. Wood, B.J. Lee, and E.B. Wilson.
Dr. Edward H. Skinner of Kansas City was elected to fill a vacancy. Dr.
Paul Kurt Sauer was secretary of the New York City Cancer Committee.
(Maps Fight to Curb Cancer in America. New York Times, Mar. 7, 1931.)
Officers were Dr. J.M. Wainwright of Scranton, Pa., president; Dr.
George Bigelow, Health Officer of Massachusetts, vice president; Dr.
Burton J. Lee, secretary; Calvert Brewer of the Corn Exchange Bank,
treasurer; Dr. R.B. Greenough of Boston, chairman of the board of
directors. (Spread of Cancer Greatest in Men. New York Times, Mar. 8,
Sen. [Joseph E.] Ransdell of Louisiana was the author of a
appropriate $100,000 for cancer research. (Gift to Aid Cancer Study.
New York Times, Jul. 12, 1930.) He first introduced a bill to create
the National Institute of Health in 1926. The third bill, introduced in
May 1928, finally passed on May 21, 1930. President Hoover signed it
five days later. "It is impossible to name all advocates of the bill,
but I can not refrain from mentioning President Hoover, former
President Coolidge, Secretary of the Treasury Andrew W. Mellon, and
Francis P. Garvan, President of the Chemical Foundation (Inc.)." (The
National Institute of Health. By Joseph E. Ransdell. Presented before
the Radiological Society of North America, Nov. 30–Dec. 4, 1931.)
Later, as executive director of the
National Intitute of Health, Ransdell anointed the ASCC to provide a
consulting board on problems in the cancer field. Dr. William D.
McNally, assistant clinical professor
of medicine at Rush Medical College, Chicago, speculated that "The tar
in cigarette smoke contains nicotine, ammonia and other irritants
'which could account for cigarette cough, the chronic bronchitis of the
cigarette smoker, the leukoplakia (smokers' tongue, or smokers'
patches) in heavy smokers, and the recorded increase of cancer of the
lung." He urged that "Cigarettes should not be smoked too short, as the
last two centimeters retain most of the tar and other products of
incomplete combustion." "In another report on the subject by Dr. Emil
Bogen and Russell Loomis of Olive View, Cal., describing experiments on
mice, the authors draw the conlcusion that the chemical effect of the
tar in tobacco smoke is not great enough to produce cancer." (New
Service Given by Cancer Society. New York Times, Dec. 9, 1932.)
Francis P. Garvan was President. of the Chemical Foundation,
was established during World War I to purchase German dye patents for
use by U.S. industry. Its trustees included Otto T. Bannard
1876], President of the New York Trust Company; Cleveland H. Dodge;
George L. Ingraham, formerly of the Appellate Division of the New York
Supreme Court; Ralph Stone, President of the Detroit Trust Company; and
Benjamin Howell Griswold of Brown & Sons, Baltimore. They were
the Advisory Sales Committee of Alien Property Custodian A. Mitchell
Palmer, who seized the patents by executive order. (Assails Garvan,
Attacks Palmer. New York Times, Jun. 22, 1919.) The executive order was
signed by Frank L.
& Key 1894], "Acting Secretary of State (in the absence of
Secretary Lansing and President Wilson in Europe)." Sen. Moses of New
Hampshire named E.I. du Pont de Nemours, the Textile Alliance, and
Joseph H. Choate as co-conspirators of monopoly. (Moses Condemns
Embargo on Dyes. New York Times, Jul. 15, 1922.)
In 1928, Chemical Foundation
gave $10,000 to Johns Hopkins University to enlarge Dr. Joseph C.
laboratory, with an additional $10,000 a year for five years to support
his work. The work was to center on dyes and stains for diagnosis of
cancer. (Garvan Gives Funds For Cancer Research. New York Times, Dec.
29, 1928.) In 1930, the Chemical Foundation Inc., headed by Francis P.
funded "The American Journal of Cancer," as the official organ of the
American Society for the Control of Cancer and of the American Society
of Cancer Research. Dr. Francis Carter Wood, director of the Crocker
Institute of Cancer Research at Columbia University, was the editor.
(New Publication to Cover World in Cancer Fight. Hamilton, Ohio, Daily
News, Oct. 8, 1930.) In 1934, Francis P. Garvan Jr. was tapped for
Wolf's Head at Yale. (Innovations Mark Tap Day at Yale. New York Times,
May 11, 1934.) By 1937, J.W. Cook at the Royal Cancer Hospital,
London, and E.L. Kennaway at the University of Glasgow were
systematically reviewing published reports on chemical carcinogenesis,
including numerous studies by A.H. Roffo.
Francis P. Garvan's sister, Genevieve F. Garvan, married
Tobacco financier Anthony
while Francis P. Garvan was later engaged to Brady's daughter, Mabel.
(F.P. Garvan to Wed. New York Times, Mar. 28, 1910; F.P. Garvan A
Bridegroom. New York Times, Jun. 10, 1910.) Garvan's father was a paper
manufacturer in Hartford, Conn. (Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale
University Deceased during the Year 1937-1938, pp. 84-86.) The American
Journal of Cancer was forced to discontinue publication due to lack of
funds in 1941. It had lost many European subscribers because of the
war, and the Chemical Foundation had lost revenue when important
patents expired. (Journal of Cancer Forced to Suspend. New York Times,
Jul. 15, 1941.)
The International Union for the Control of Cancer (UICC) was established in Paris in 1934.The UICC: ACS's Foreign Puppet
The board of directors of the ASCC in 1936: Until 1937- Frank
MD; Winthrop W. Aldrich; Calvert Brewer; R.H. Pike, MD; E.W.
Goodpasture, MD; J. Shelton Horsley, MD; George R. Minot, MD; Frederick
F. Russell, MD; H. Gideon Wells, MD; E.B. Wilson, PhD. Until 1938 -
Thomas S. Cullen, MD; James Ewing, MD, Chairman; Robert B. Greenough,
MD; Ludvig Hektoen,
Frederick L. Hoffman, LLD; George W. Holmes,
MD; John J. Morton Jr., MD; Charles C. Norris, MD; Wm. A. O'Brien, MD;
Thomas Parran Jr., MD. Until 1939 - Bowman C. Crowell, MD; Haven
Emerson, MD; Ellis Fischel, MD; Samuel C. Harvey, MD; A.R. Kilgore, MD;
James B. Murphy, MD; Stanley P. Reimann, MD; H.E. Robertson, MD; Burton
T. Simpson, MD; Howard C. Taylor, MD. Clarence C. Little was
Managing Director and Editor of the Society's namesake journal, and
J.J. Bittner, PhD and A.M. Cloudman, PhD were Assistant Editors.
Field Representatives were R.A. Herring, MD, in Washington, DC; F.L.
Rector, MD, in Evanston, Ill.; J.W. Cox, MD, in Alexandria, Va.; and
J.M. Flude, MD, in Hollywood, Cal. (The American Society for the
Control of Cancer, 1936.) C.C. Little later brought Reimann and Wilson
to the Tobacco Industry Research Council.
Mrs. Herbert Parsons was chairman of a card party benefit for the Women's Field Army. Mrs. James M.D. Worrall was vice chairman. Mrs. G. Clinton Fogwell was vice commander of the society, and Mrs. John A. Blanchard 2d and Mrs. Hoyt Ammidon [who was Mrs. Herbert Parsons Jr.'s matron of honor] were members of the benefit committee. Those who took tables included Mrs. R. Clifford Black, Mrs. George Whitney, Mrs. J. Winston Fowlkes, Mrs. Benjamin Harrison, Mrs. Clarence Dillon, Mrs. J. Frailey Smith, Mrs. John E. Rousmanière, Mrs. Robert G. Mead, Mrs. Arthur Lehman, Mrs. John E. Parsons, Mrs. Trowbridge Callaway Jr. [Mrs. Ammidon's sister-in-law], Mrs. Walter Damrosch, Mrs. George Blumenthal, Mrs. Howard G. Taylor, Miss Susan M. Wood, Mrs. Norman B. Tooker, Mrs. Rebekah Kohut, Mrs. Wyllys Terry Jr., and Mrs. William P. Dessar. (Women's Field Army of Cancer Control Group To Be Beneficiary of Card Party Tomorrow. New York Times, Mar. 15, 1937.)
Dr. Frederick Fuller Russell of Boston replaced Dr. Robert B.
Greenough, deceased, both as a member of the board of managers of
Hospital for the Treatment of Cancer and Allied Diseases, and as
president of the American Society for the Control of Cancer. (Gets
Memorial Hospital Post. New York Times, Jun. 16, 1937.)
Members of a newly formed Cancer Council included Dr. James
and Frank E. Adair of Memorial Hospital, Dr. James B. Murphy of the
Rockefeller Institute, Dr. Burton T. Simpson of the State Institution
for the Study of Malignant Diseases, and Dr. C.C. Little of the ASCC.
The National Association of Science Writers "asked for an authoritative
opinion on the contention of Dr. Frederick L. Hoffman, Franklin
Institute statistician, that cancer is caused by eating too much. The
reply follows: 'No experimental data have been obtained, in scores of
attempts, which justify the acceptance of any theory concerning the
positive relationship between diet and cancer. The council is not
inclined to accept statistical material as direct evidence, nor does it
subscribe to the belief that diet plays a major role in the causation
of cancer." (Cancer Study Cut By Lack of Funds. New York Times, Mar.
"In July 1937 the Society was alerted to the imminent passage
legislation on a national cancer program [sic]. The enactment of the
National Cancer Institute (N.C.I.) Act was carried before a flood of
Congressional support. Three pieces of legislation, introduced between
April and June 1937, constitute the foundations of this law. Identical
proposals were submitted (April 2) by Senator Homer T. Bone and
Congressman Maurey Maverick of Texas on April 29; the following June 24
Congressman John F. Hunter of Ohio introduced a Joint House Resolution
which contained nearly the same provisions as the Maverick Bill. The
collective proposed legislation was ultimately referred to a joint
committee hearing, comprised as a cancer subcommittee of 5 senators and
6 representatives (chaired by Senator Royal S. Copeland, of New York),
at which, on July 8, a revised bill was drafted. This bill, adopted by
both the Senate and the House, received the Presidential signature on
August 5, 1937 (31, pp. 148-149)." (The American Cancer Society and
Cancer Research. Origins and Organization: 1913-1943. By VA Triolo and
MB Shimkin. Cancer Res 1969 Sep;29(9):1615-1641.)
Original members of the National Advisory Cancer Council of
National Cancer Institute, appointed by Surgeon General Thomas Parran
in 1937: James Ewing, Director of Memorial Hospital; Dr. Francis C.
Wood, Director of the Crocker Institute of Cancer Research at Columbia
University; Harvard University President James B. Conant;
Dr. Arthur H.
Compton of the University of Chicago; C.C.
Little, Managing Director of
the American Society for the Control of Cancer; and Dr. Ludvig Hektoen
of Chicago. In 1938, Dr. James B. Murphy of the Rockefeller Institute
and Dr. Mont R. Reid replaced Ewing and Wood. (Named to Cancer Council.
New York Times, Dec. 11, 1938, p. 30.) Ewing, Hektoen, Little, Murphy,
Parran, and Wood were all affiliated with the ASCC.
Stanley P. Reimann was the director of the Lankenau Hospital Research Institute in Philadelphia. He was a director of the American Society for the Control of Cancer from at least 1936-39, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Council for Tobacco Research from 1954 to 1968.
Edwin Bidwell Wilson, the first Professor and Head of the Department of Vital Statistics when the School of Public Health was created at Harvard University in 1922, was Chairman of the ASCC from 1937 to 1942. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Council for Tobacco Research from 1954 to 1964.
President, Dean of Faculty,
Professor of Pathology, and Chancellor, Medical College of South
Carolina, was a member of the board of directors of the ASCC from 1939
to 1943. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the
Council for Tobacco Research from 1954 to 1974.
Rodgers Reid was born in
Virginia and graduated from
Roanoke College in 1908. He received his MD from Johns Hopkins Hospital
and was on its staff from 1913-1922, when he went to the University of
Cincinnati. His brother, Frank Reid, was a New York attorney, and his
sister, Juanita, was the wife of Dr. George Scheuer, Professor of
Surgery at Cornell Medical Center. (Dr. Mont R. Reid, Surgeon, Was 54.
New York Times, May 12, 1943.)
Nine directors were newly elected by the board in 1939:
Hilles Jr., New York; Dr. Kenneth M. Lynch, Charleston, S.C.; Dr. Hiram
C. Weaver, Los Angeles; Dr. Clifford C. Nesselrode, Kansas City,
Kansas; Dr. Charles E. Sears, Portland, Ore.; Dr. Donald V. Trueblood,
Seattle; Dr. W.D. Stovall, Madison, Wis.; Dr. John A. Lanford, New
Orleans; Dr. Mont R. Reid, Cincinnati. Officers re-elected were: E.B.
Wilson, Harvard University School of Public Health, chairman of the
board; Dr. John J. Morton Jr., Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester,
president; Dr. George
Smith, Yale School of Medicine, vice president; Dr. Frank E.
New York, secretary; James
H. Ripley, New York, treasurer. Members of
the Women's Field Army Against Cancer who received the society's
Distinguished Service Medal were Mrs. H.B. Ritchie, Athens, Georgia
State Commander; Mrs. Harry W. Smith, Durham, New Hampshire, Commander;
Mrs. Gustav Ketterer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Commander; Mrs. Frederick
Horicon, Wisconsin, Commander; and Dr. Anna C. Palmer, Milton, Mass.,
82-year-old president of the Cured Cancer Club. (Attack on Cancer
Likened to a War. New York Times, Mar. 5, 1939.)
James Ewing dismissed the virus theory again in his 1940 texbook: "The main basis for the virus theory of cancer rests on the demonstration by Rous that certain fowl sarcomas are transmissible by a filter-passing agent. The nature of this agent has been investigated by many observers whose reults are ably summarized by Foulds. The writer has reviewed the data in this field and does not feel that one is justified in formally accepting the chicken sarcomas as virus-induced processes." (Neoplastic Diseases: A Treatise on Tumors. James Ewing. Fourth Edition, W.B. Saunders & Company, 1940, pages 21-25.)Ewing, 1940 / UCSF (pdf, 105 pp)
New directors elected were Dr. Herbert R. Charlton of
N.Y., obstetrician and gynecologist and chairman of the Westchester
County committee; Dr. Allen Chesney, dean of Johns Hopkins Medical
School, of Baltimore; Dr. J.C.A. Gerster of Lenox Hill Hospital, N.Y.,
chairman of the New York City Cancer Committee; Dr. Herbert L. Lombard
of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston; C.P. Rhoads,
M.D., director of Memorial Hospital; Dr. Carl Voegtlin, director of the
National Cancer Institute, Washington; and Dr. George C. Wilkins,
chairman of the New Hampshire Cancer Commission. The old board
recommended that the society extend aid to indigent patients for the
first time in its history. (New Aid Planned By Cancer Society. New York
Times, Mar. 3, 1940.)
New directors, which numbered 54: J.L. Campbell, chairman of the George Cancer Commission; J.P. Chapman, chairman of the cancer committee of the Alabama Medical Society; Charles B. Kingry, chairman of the cancer committee of the Colorado Medical Society; L.W. Larson, chairman of the cancer committee of the North Dakota Medical Society; Charles R. Martin, professor of radiology at Baylor University Medical School; E.W. Alton Ochsner, professor of surgery at Tulane University Medical School; Eugene P. Pendergrass, professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School; Everett D. Plass, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa Medical School; and Henry J. Vanden Berg, chairman of the executive committee of the Women's Field Army, Grand Rapids, Mich. Dr. Wilson was re-elected chairman; Dr. John J. Morton Jr. of Rochester, N.Y., re-elected president; Dr. Herman C. Pitts, chairman of the cancer committee of the Rhode Island Medical Society, elected vice president; Dr. Frank E. Adair, chairman of the cancer committee of the American College of Surgeons, re-elected secretary; James H. Ripley of New York, re-elected treasurer; Dr. C.C. Little, re-elected managing director; Dr. Samuel Binkley, re-elected assistant managing director; and Charles D. Hilles, re-elected attorney. (Cancer Education Held Inadequate. New York Times, Mar. 30, 1941.) Charles Dewey Hilles Jr. (1902-1974), Skull & Bones 1924, was ACS Treasurer in 1945 and Secretary from 1946-52. He was director-at-large of the ACS and its predecessor from 1939 to 1959, Chairman of the Executive Committee in 1954, Vice Board Chairman in 1957. He was a vice president of International Telephone and Telegraph during the 1940s, when it was used as a vehicle for funding Adolph Hitler. His father had been President Taft's secretary, and was a powerful official of the Republican Party.
Dr. Herman C. Pitts of Providence, RI was elected president of
ASCC; Dr. John J. Morton of Rochester, NY, chairman of the board of
directors; Dr. Frank E. Adair of New York City, vice president; Dr.
C.P. Rhoades of New York City, secretary; James H. Ripley of New York
City, treasurer. Dr. Howard C. Taylor and Dr. James B.Murphy
of New York,
Dr. E.P. Pendergass of Philadelphia, Dr. George M. Smith of New Haven,
and Dr. E.B. Wilson of Boston were named to the executive committee.
Clarence C. Little was the managing director. (Heads Cancer Society.
New York Times, Mar. 8, 1942.) Dr. Howard C. Pack told officers of the
ASCC's Womens Field Army that stomach cancer occurred two or three
times more frequently among the Japanese people than in the white race,
and attacked advertising for over-the-counter indigestion drugs for
delaying diagnoses. Dr. Howard C. Taylor Jr. spoke on "Hormones and
Cancer." (Cancer of Stomach is Most Fatal Type. New York Times, Sep.
Eric A. Johnston, President of the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce, was elected national chairman of the American Cancer Society
fund drive and chairman of the new executive council. Oher members of
the council included Robert G. Sproul, president of the University of
California; Sen. Sinclair
Weeks of Massachusetts [who as head of the U.S. Commerce
in 1955 used
the Census Bureau for a survey on smoking habits]; George
Merck, president of Merck & Co.; Ralph McGill, editor of the
Atlanta Constitution; Albert D. Lasker, Morgan B. Brainard, James B.
Carey, David Dubinsky, and Emerson
Frank E. Adair was
president and Oliver A. Gill was treasurer. Their fundraising goal was
$5,000,000. (Eric Johnston Named Head of Cancer Drive. New York Times,
Dec. 13, 1944.) Mrs. Francis J. Rigney was appointed counselor of the
National Projects Committee of the American Cancer Society to expand
the "Little Red Door" cancer information project nationwide. Mrs.
Harold Milligan was National Commander of the Women's Field Army. (Mrs.
Rigney in New Cancer Post. New York Times, Dec. 14, 1944.)
Mary Lasker's connections to the advertising industry were the key to her takeover of the American Society for the Control of Cancer. "During the first weeks of the year 1945, Mary Lasker and a newly enlisted ally, Emerson Foote (one of Albert's young business partners, to whom he had given part of his corporation when he retired in 1942), began a special fund-raising effort for the American Society for the Control of Cancer. It was 'special' in a very concrete way: the Society had agreed to their conditions that at least one-quarter of the funds raised would be spent on research, and that the Board of Directors of the Society would be charged to include at least fifty percent laymen - both radical innovations for the organization. In only a couple of months, Mrs. Lasker and Mr. Foote had raised over a hundred thousand dollars, most of it generated out of an article in Readers' Digest for which they had arranged. The first money, at their insistence, was used to hire a fund-raising staff. Impressed at his wife's early success, Albert Lasker joined the effort and helped to get others involved, including Elmer Bobst of the drug firm of Hoffman, LaRoche, James S. Adams of Standard Brands, and Eric Johnston of the motion picture industry. Using all the skills and techniques of Madison Avenue, and drawing in as many friends as possible, this small group raised $4 million for the cancer society in 1945, in contrast with the $780,000 that had been raised the previous year. (Mr. and Mrs. Mahoney chaired the Miami area effort and raised the local giving from less than $1,000 to $50,000.) In 1946 the Lasker goup raised $10 million, and the new board of directors, with Lasker now a member, changed the name of the organization to the American Cancer Society." (Stephen P. Strickland. Politics, Science, and Dread Disease. A Short History of United States Medical Research Policy. Harvard University Press, 1972. Strickland is a political scientist specializing in health policy, and an official or semi-official NIH historian. Numerous oral histories and other documents by Strickland are archived at the NIH).
According to Ralph W. Moss (Unraveling the Politics of Cancer:
York: Paragon House, 1989), other members of the Lasker takeover
included Howard Pew of
Sun Oil; Ralph Reed
of American Express; Harry
Van Elm of Manufacturers Trust Co.; newspaper heiress Florence Mahoney;
and Gen. William J. Donovan,
director of the
US government intelligence
agency, the OSS, which evolved into the CIA. Mary Lasker's papers
include correspondence with Donovan from 1941 to 1959, and he was a
director of the Lasker Foundation. Kennedy
assassination conspiracy theorist Mae Brussell incriminates both "Wild
Bill" Donovan and Elmer Bobst
connections with key Nazis who
surrendered to the United States after world War II. Did Nazi money
help fund the American Cancer Society?
Dr. Howard Taylor Jr. was a member of a mission
sponsored by the Unitarian Service Committee to re-establish relations
with leaders of medical science in Germany. (Germans Share Our Medical
Knowledge In Exchange Devised by Unitarian Group. New York Times, Apr.
21, 1949.) Howard C. Taylor Jr. retired as president of the American
Society in 1955. "At the dinner the society also presented its
distinguished service award to Senator Lister Hill, Democrat of
Alabama, for sponsoring legislation in the field of health, including
the appropriations for the National Cancer Institute, and to Postmaster
General Arthur E. Summerfield for continuing to authorize the use of
the society's posters on mail trucks during its fund-raising campaign."
(New Fund Policy Aids Cancer Unit. New York Times, Nov. 4, 1955.)
Emerson Foote was one of the founders of Foote, Cone & Belding (now True North Communications) when Albert Lasker dissolved his Lord & Thomas advertising firm. He began his association with the American Cancer Society in 1944 as Chairman of its Public Relations Committee, and was Director and Vice Chairman of ACS from 1944-1952. He was also a director of the American Heart Association.
C.C. Little's grandfather, James Lovell Little (1810-1889) was
in Marshfield, Mass., and came to Boston in 1825. He took over his
cousin's firm of Montague and Guild in 1827; he was a partner of George
Howe & Co. in 1835; then a partner of Eliphalet Baker &
dry goods. In 1843, he formed Little, Alden & Co., later James
Little & Co., which was dissolved in 1883. He was one of the
incorporators of the Pacific Mills of Lawrence in 1853, and its
treasurer and purchasing agent from 1887 to 1880; President of the
Boston Gas Light Company and other companies, and one of the
incorporators and a trustee of the Massachusetts Institute of
and a trustee of the Massachusetts General Hospital. He married Julia
Augusta Cook, daughter of
Zebedee Cook Jr.,
(Memorial Biographies of the New England Historic Genealogical Society,
Vol. VIII, 1880-1889. By the Society, 1907, p. 395.) Zebedee Cook Jr.
was the President of the Mutual Life Insurance Company. In 1882,
James L. Little was among the wealthiest citizens of Boston (Boston's
Rich Men and Women. From the Boston Herald, Jan. 1, 1882. The New York
Times, Jan. 3, 1882.) Dr. Clement
Cleveland's father-in-law was connected with Pacific Mills.
brother, James Lovell Little Jr., was born in Boston in 1874, and
graduated from Harvard in 1897. He was an architect. (Class of 1897,
Fourth Report. Harvard College, 1912.) James L. Little was one of the
incorporators of the Boston Daily Advertiser Corporation (Newspaper
Changes. The New York Times, March 26, 1882; The Boston Advertiser
Company. The New York Times, March 30, 1882.)
His first cousin's daughter, Mrs. Caspar C. de Gersdorff, was an active fund-raiser at Memorial Sloan-Kettering between 1942 and 1956. Clarence Little was a guest at her mother's wedding to Charles W. Ogden. (Ogden-Little Nuptials. Boston Globe, Nov. 11, 1897.) Caspar's sister Josephine was the mother of Ben Bradlee, executive editor of the Washington Post.
Clarence Cook Little was the son of James Lovell Little and Mary Robbins Revere. He graduated from Harvard (B.A., 1910; M.S., 1912; Doctor of Science, 1914). "[I]n 1906, he entered Harvard University to study biology. He inbred his first pair of mice while he was a junior at Harvard. In 1910 he received his B.A. degree with Phi Beta Kappa honors; in 1912 his M.S. at the Harvard Graduate School of Applied Science; and the degree of Doctor of Science in 1914. For two years, 1910-1912, he had served as secretary to the Corporation of Harvard University; while working for his science degree he was research assistant in genetics. He continued his specialized studies in genetics with mice while he was research fellow in cancer at Harvard (1913-17). During 1916 he also served as assistant dean and acting University marshal. In 1917-1918 he was an associate in comparative pathology at the Harvard Medical School." He was president of the University of Maine from 1922 to 1925, and president of the University of Michigan from 1925 to 1929. In 1929, he founded the Jackson Memorial Laboratory and became Director of the American Society for the Control of Cancer, which he headed until the Lasker takeover in 1943. In 1937, the Rockefeller Foundation granted $40,000 to enlarge the laboratory. (Clarence C. Little bio, in Current Biography, Dec. 1944;5(12):36-38 (HW Wilson Co.)Little bio, 1944 / UCSF (pdf, 6 pp)
Cancer: A Study for Laymen. Prepared for the Women's Field
the American Society for the Control of Cancer, Inc. Clarence C.
Little, Sc.D., Managing Director. Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1944.
The establishment of a "Department of Preventive Medicine and
at Harvard in 1909 was announced in the Graduates' Magazine. The
article proclaimed that "Its establishment is another symptom of the
strong tendency to draw the physicians of the country into an organized
public service. Though all doctors are now engaged in the work of
preventive medicine, this work cannot be privately measured and paid
for. No doubt so long as death continues to claim mankind there will be
a province for the private practitioner. But his field is narrowing to
the treatment of the more hopeless forms of disease. If he would live
by what has become the chief part of medicine he must either enter the
public health service or invade the field just opened by the
enlightened business prudence of the life insurance companies. The
example of Harvard must be followed by the other medical schools of the
country, to supply the demand for specially trained men both in the
service of these companies and in the public service." (Harvard's
Pioneer School. New York Times, Sep. 13, 1909.)
Little was one of the speakers at a scientific conference on cancer control at the University of Wisconsin in 1932. Other speakers included James Ewing on "Cancer, a Public Health Problem;" Howard B. Andervont, later a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Council for Tobacco Research; James B. Murphy, and Leiv Kreyberg. (500 Scientists Open Madison Conference on Cancer Control. Chicago Daily Tribune, Sep. 8, 1936.)
Little's beliefs were the same as those of the Lasker bunch and hostile to germ theory. As noted in Richard Kluger's book, "Ashes to Ashes," "Among his writings was the book 'Civilization Against Cancer,' typical of his efforts to explicate the disease, the enormous complexity of which fascinated him. Cancer was 'not a unity,' he wrote, 'and many factors must be considered in attempting to blot it out -- heredity, sex, hormones, diet, sunlight, vitamins...' While not on the forward edge of the new field of oncology, Little grasped early on that the cancinogenic [sic] process was probably not initiated by a germ or virus, as were most infectious diseases, but came, as he wrote in 1933, 'from some as yet mysterious 'derangement' within a single body cell.'" It was the ASCC under Little which lobbied for the establishment of the National Cancer Institute in 1937, and four of the six original members of the NCI's National Advisory Council were ASCC directors. With disastrous stupidity, in 1954 the chiefs of the tobacco industry chose this over-the-hill advocate of genetic explanations of cancer, who was fundamentally hostile to the type of research which would have exonerated smoking, to become the scientific director of the Tobacco Industry Research Council (where he was joined by some more of his old cronies from the ASCC). Until his death in 1971, C.C. Little played a duplicitous game of pretending to defend the tobacco industry by spouting bromides, while secretly betraying its interests by refusing to investigate the role of infection. The liability lawyers seeking to portray the tobacco industry as villains couldn't have asked for an easier target than the one C.C. Little handed them.The CTR Was A Lasker Loot-A-Thon
"Dr. Little at the time was under the influence of the
school of thought - the word virus was taboo, as at least one young
staff member discovered - but other laboratories picked up the work and
proved the existence of a mammary tumor virus." (Clarence Cook Little,
by George D. Snell. In: Biographical Memoirs, Vol. 46, National Academy
of Sciences 1975, pp. 240-263.) In fact, the "antivirus school of
thought" always seems to be in the driver's seat - including when they
periodically use virus research as a ploy to get their hands on more
funding. As Managing Director of the American Society for the Control
Cancer in 1936, he testified on the National Cancer Act of 1937,
accompanied by ASCC Chairman James Ewing. (Clarence Cook Little. By
George D. Snell. Biographical Memoires V.46, National Academy of
Between 1939 and 1942, Little was Vice President, Chairman of the Advisory Council, and a director of the Birth Control Federation of America. During this period, Mary Lasker was Secretary, a member of the Executive Committee, and a director. Little and anti-smoking actuarial study author Raymond Pearl were involved with the American Birth Control League between 1921 and 1928.Mary Lasker's Earlier Activism in the Birth Control Movement
Little claimed that "For decades many efforts have been made in laboratories to find a germ or germs reponsible for cancer. They have not been successful." (The Fight on Cancer, by Clarence C. Little. Public Affairs Pamphlets No. 38, Public Affairs Committee, Inc., 1939. Printed for and distributed by the American Society for the Control of Cancer, Inc.)The Fight on Cancer, 1939 / UCSF (pdf, 18 pp)
"Rear Admiral Charles S. Stephenson, USN, retired, an authority on preventive medicine, has been named the acting managing director of the American Cancer Society, it was announced yesterday by that organization. Admiral Stephenson, who joined the society several months ago to direct the work of its research division, succeeds Dr. Clarence C. Little, managing director of the society since 1929. Dr. Little will continue as a member of the society's board of directors but will devote much of his time to the Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory at Bar Harbor, of which he has been the director since 1929." (New Cancer Society Head. New York Times, May 29, 1945.)
Stephenson sent letters to Joseph F. Cullman, then president of Benson & Hedges, and Paul M. Hahn, Chairman of the still-forming Tobacco Industry Research Council, with his personal background, which failed to mention his ties to the American Cancer Society, and urging them to use Navy records for a study of cancer. (Stephenson to Cullman, Jan. 5, 1954; Stephenson to Hahn, Jan. 5, 1954). Hahn thanked Stephenson for his letter and informed him that the TIRC was still in the process of formation (Hahn to Stephenson, Jan. 7, 1954). Hahn also referred Stephenson's letter to Bert C. Goss of Hill & Knowlton, with the comment, "I believe you will wish to refer the enclosed letter (from Rear Admiral Charles S. Stephenson, Medical Corps, U.S.N., Retired), to the Subcommittee of Research Directors." (Hahn to Goss, Jan. 7, 1954.)Stephenson to Cullman, 1954 / UCSF (pdf, 2 pp)
A 1954 Hill & Knowlton memo said that C.C. Little was a longtime friend of Roy E. Larsen, the President of Luce Publications. (Confidential Memorandum, Hill & Knowlton, Inc. Oct. 7, 1954.)Hill & Knowlton, Oct. 7, 1954 / UCSF (pdf, 8 pp)
Biological aspects of cancer research. CC Little. J Natl Cancer Inst 1958 Mar;80(8):441-465. Little expounds on his favorite subject, gene research in mice. Needless to say, his Jackson Laboratory (which remains a veritable CC Little fan club) profited from the mouse experiments, even if they were of no benefit to smokers.Little JNCI 1958 / UCSF (pdf, 25 pp)
The American Cancer Society, 1946: Dr. Frank E. Adair, President; Elmer H. Bobst, president of William R. Warner & Co., was chairman of the executive committee; Eric A. Johnston, chairman; Dr. Cornelius P. Rhoads, director of Memorial Hospital, was chairman of the Committee on Growth. Dr. Clarence C. Little told of the society's educational program, at the ACS's annual dinner for the National Association of Sciences Writers at the Biltmore Hotel. (War Data Sought in Cancer Studies. New York Times, Jan. 9, 1946.)
Founders of the Jackson Memorial Laboratory included Edsel Ford and Roscoe B. Jackson, the President of Hudson Motorcar Company. (The Beginnings of Cancer Research Centers in the United States, by Harold P. Rusch. April 28, 1982.)Rusch, 1982 / UCSF (pdf, 18 pp)
The Rockefeller Foundation contributed $40,000 for 40,000 mice at Jackson Laboratory ($1 Each For 40,000 Mice. New York Times, Jan. 30, 1938.) It was also the beneficiary of a ball given by Mrs. Timothee Adamowski, Mrs. Eugene du Pont, Mrs. William Rodman Fay, Mrs. E. Victor Loew, Mrs. Peter Augustus Jay, Mrs. Charles B. Bradley, Mrs. William Pierson Hamilton, Mrs. Louis C. Lehr, Mrs. Robert Hall McCormick, Mrs. Harold A. Howard and Dr. Augustus Thorndike (Benefit Dances For Bar Harbor. New York Times, July 30, 1939.) Mrs. William McCormick Blair Sr. (Skull & Bones 1907), Mrs. Harold A. Howard, Mrs. Robert H. McCormick, Mrs. Charles B. Pike, and Mrs. Charles H. Frost were Chicago-area benefactors. (Maine Summer Colonists Plan Cancer Benefit. Chicago Daily Tribune, Aug. 27, 1939.)
The laboratory acquired the Aldersea estate from James M., Edward C., George A., and Oliver W. Robbins, heirs of Miss Mary Coles of Philadelphia (Aldersea Becomes Gift. New York Times, Sep. 3, 1942.) The Rockefeller Foundation and Mrs. Albert D. Lasker funded a conference on heredity and cancer, at which causes other than heredity were emphasized (Experts Minimize Heredity in Cancer, by Waldemar Kaempffert. New York Times, Sep. 22, 1944.) The Rockefeller Foundation made a grant of $282,000 for "a five-year study of the relative roles played by heredity and environment in the determination of intelligence and emotional patterns" (Genetic Study Planned. New York Times, May 7, 1945).
After its destruction by a forest fire in October 1947, the Laboratory received $50,000 from the Damon Runyan Cancer Fund (Runyan Fund Aids Laboratory. New York Times, Nov. 12, 1947.) The National Advisory Cancer Council of the US Public Health Service voted an emergency grant of $250,000 for the purpose of rebuilding. The NACC also gave Memorial Hospital "the largest aggregation of Federal cancer grants ever given to one institution, a total of $142,550 for six projects." Dr. A. LaCassagne of the Pasteur Institute, and Dr. L. Doljanski of the Hebrew Institute, Palestine, also received grants. "Dr. Leonard A. Scheele, director of the Cancer Institute, said that these were 'to assist in the mobiliation of the international attack on cancer." (New York Hospital Gets Cancer Grant. New York Times, Dec. 13, 1947). The Jackson Memorial Laboratory also received $123,000 from the Jackson and Webber families of Detroit, $34,390 from individuals and local divisions of the American Cancer Society, $85,000 from the Rockefeller Foundation, and $20,000 worth of surplus property from the War Assets Administration ($662,729 Is Given to Cancer Research. New York Times, May 28, 1948). John D. Rockefeller Jr. donated 30 acres of land (30 Acres of Land Given Laboratory. New York Times, Oct. 22, 1948).
James Rowland Angell, the president of Yale University from 1921-37, was president of the Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory from 1947 until his death in 1949. (Jackson Laboratory Re-Elects Dr. Angell. New York Times, Aug. 23, 1948; Dr. Angell Is Dead; Yale Ex-President. New York Times, March 5, 1949.)
In 1949, the board of scientific directors of the Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory was created. Dr. Leslie C. Dunn, head of the genetics department of Columbia University, was named president; Dr. James B. Murphy of Rockefeller University, vice president. Other members were C.C. Little; Dr. Frank Beach, professor of psychology at Yale University; Dr. Homer Smith, professor of physiology at New York University; Dr. Merel Tuve, physics professor at Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Edwin B. Wilson, vice president of the National Academy of Sciences; and Dr. Sewall Wright, professor of genetics at the University of Chicago. The board of trustees was enlarged to include Richard Webber Jackson, vice president of the Hudson Motor Car Co., as president; Dr. Dunn as vice president; William P. Newman, president of the Eastern Trust and Banking Company of Bangor, Maine, as treasurer; and C.C. Little as secretary. (Dr. L.C. Dunn Is Named Science Board Head. New York Times, Aug. 27, 1949.)
The women's auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars donated $60,000 in 1948 and $50,000 in 1949 to the Roscoe B. Jackson Laboratory. Mrs. Evelyn Monaco was president of the auxiliary. ($15,000 Research Gift. New York Times, Oct. 27, 1949.) The Rockefeller Foundation granted $50,000 a year for three years to continue behavior studies of animals, concerning "the psychological implications of the origin and nature of aggressiveness, adjustment to parents and to siblings, shyness and timidity, stability under stress and a host of other basic behavior problems." (Notes on Science. New York Times, Feb. 26, 1950.) Robert A. Gantt, vice president of the International Telephone & Telegraph Corporation; James H. Ripley, retired civil engineer; and Dr. Edward R. Hays were elected to the governing board of the Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory (3 Picked For Laboratory Board. New York Times, Aug. 27, 1950.) The 13-acre estate of Morris Hawkes on Mount Desert Island was donated to the laboratory by heirs Newbold Morris, George L.K. Morris, and Stephen V.C. Morris (Maine Estate Given to Cancer Institute. New York Times, Apr. 13, 1951.)
The annual operating budget of the Jackson Memorial Laboratory for 1952-53 was set at $710,470. "About three-fifths of this is covered by grants-in-aid already pledged from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the Atomic Energy Commission, the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York Foundation and other philanthropic funds." Clarence Cook Little proclaimed that "The scientific world must now focus its research efforts on constitutional diseases which are non-infectious," and that "The battle of the infectious diseases is virtually won... The fight against cancer, heart disease, arteriosclerosis and others that claim the most lives each year, has scarcely begun." (Jackson Laboratory Back on Fiscal Feet. New York Times, Aug. 18, 1952.)
"Richard W. Jackson, 40 years old, Detroit civic leader and vice president of the Hudson Motor Car Company, was found dead in his automobile today. He had been shot once through the right temple and a Luger pistol lay beside him. The body was found by a policeman in suburban Grosse Pointe Shores, who approached to ticket the car for illegal parking. Officials said that there was no sign of a struggle and that Mr. Jackson's wallet and briefcase were undisturbed. Mr. Jackson was the son of the late Roscoe B. Jackson, a founder of the Hudson Company and its president from 1923 until his death in 1929. Friends disclosed that he had been under treatment for an internal ailment. Mr. Jackson joined the Hudson Company in 1933, following his graduation from Yale University... He was president of the Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Foundation for Cancer Research at Bar Harbor, Me..." (Detroit Civic Leader Found Dead In Auto. New York Times, Sep. 12, 1952.) Dr. Frank E. Adair was elected to replace Jackson. (Dr. Adair Heads Laboratory. New York Times, Nov. 23, 1952.)
Dr. Frank Beach and Dr. Sewall Wright were also members of the board of trustees in 1953. Howard B. Andervont and Edwin B. Wilson, members of the Scientific Advisory Board of the TIRC in the 1950s, were also trustees and scientific directors of the Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory between 1953 and 1959. Harold V. Bozell, retired president of General Telephone Company, was a "warm personal friend" of Howard Cullman, and they served on the board of board of Beekman-Downtown Hospital together. Cullman recommended him to Timothy Hartnett for fund raising for the TIRC, July 12, 1954.Jackson Laboratory, 1953 / UCSF (pdf, 2 pp)
Members of the exhibition committee of the New York Chapter of the Jackson Laboratory Association included Mrs. Mary Roberts Rinehart, Mrs. Arthur A. Houghton, Mr. and Mrs. Alan G. Rinehart, John Davies Stamm, Mrs. Elsa H. Naumburg, Mrs. Harold S. Osborne and William Braden. Mrs. Robert J. Campbell was chairman. (Art Show to Help Cancer Research. New York Times, Aug. 8, 1954.) Retired Vice Admiral Leland P. Lovette was chairman of the national fund-raising campaign in 1954. Patrons of an art benefit at Kennedy Galleries include Dr. and Mrs. Frank E. Adair, Mrs. Albert D. Lasker, and Mrs. and Mrs. Hugh Knowlton (Audubon Exhibition Planned As Benefit. New York Times, Oct. 31, 1954).
"The board of directors of the New York Chapter of Jackson Laboratory Association, a fund-raising arm for the laboratory, includes Miss Dorothy Armbruster, Mrs. Harold S. Osborne, Mrs. Thurlow M. Gordon, Mrs. Patricia Rinehart Campbell, Mrs. Elsa H. Naumburg, Edwin F. Chinlund, Curt H. Reisinger, Robert A. Gantt, Col. Frank R. Mead, Oscar M. Taylor, Hugh Knowlton, John Davies Stamm and James H. Ripley." (Art Show to Aid Fight on Cancer. New York Times, May 14, 1955.)
C.C. Little and Arthur Amory Houghton Jr. were elected to six-year terms on the Board of Overseers of Harvard University (Named to Harvard Unit. New York Times, June 17, 1955.) Freddy B. Homburger was a research associate at the Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory (Letters to the Times. Aiding Medical Research, by Freddy Homburger, M.D. New York Times, July 17, 1955.)
The Ford Foundation, under president and chairman H. Rowan Gaither, gave the Division of Behavior Studies of the Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory a $300,000 grant. The foundation's largest grant, of $3,628,000, however, was to the Foundations' Fund for Research in Psychiatry of New Haven, Conn., whose president throughout its existence was Frederick Redlich, the late dean of Yale Medical School. (Ford Fund Gives $6,826,850 For Mental Health Research. New York Times, June 25, 1956.)
Little retired as president and director of the Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory in 1956, and was succeeded by Hugh Knowlton, a member of the banking firm of Kuhn, Loeb & Company as president; and by Earl Green, asociate professor of zoology at Ohio State University, as director. (Banker Heads Group For Cancer Research. New York Times, Aug. 29, 1956.)
Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory, Contributions Received, January 16-24, 1961.Contributions Received, Jan. 16-24, 1961 / UCSF (pdf, 2 pp)
"$35 Million Bioinformatics Grant Awarded to the Jackson Laboratory," Jackson Laboratory Media Release, Aug. 18, 2001. This is from the NIH, our tax dollars. In comparison, their 2001 Annual Report boasts of $7.2 million from 1500 individual donors from the wealthy Bar Harbor set who are their constituency, while their total FY2001 budget was $97.8 million.$35 Million Bioinformatics Grant / The Jackson Laboratory 2001