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The Donald S. Fredrickson Papers

Memorandum from George A. Keyworth, White House to Edwin Meese pdf (68,629 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Memorandum from George A. Keyworth, White House to Edwin Meese
From May 1981 to January 1986, Keyworth was Science Advisor to President Ronald Reagan and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
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1981-06-18 (June 18, 1981)
Keyworth, George A.
White House
Meese, Edwin
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NIH Director, 1975-1981: Biomedical Research in a Time of Trial
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Series: Correspondence, 1948-1998
SubSeries: Resignation Letters, 1981, 1987-1998
Folder: L - M, 1981
June 18, 1981
TO: Ed Meese
FROM: G. A. Keyworth
Dr. Donald S. Fredrickson, the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has submitted to the President a letter (copy attached) announcing his intention to resign his position, effective July 1. The purpose of this memo is to urge that the President not accept this resignation.
Fredrickson's decision is presumably based on the perception that the Administration does not support him without qualification. Although Secretary Schweiker has been verbally quite supportive, Fredrickson's formal renomination work went to the Hill only last week and OPM is now refusing to allow Fredrickson to retire from the PHS Commissioned Corps and join the SES.
I think this Administration should not lose this man. In my opinion, he is probably the single most effective agency head in the entire government, having helped guide NIH for six years to its position as the world's preeminent biomedical research institution. NIH is a symbol of this Nation's scientific leadership at a time when our scientific and technological competitiveness is in question. I, personally, would depend a great deal on Fredrickson to help guide the Administration's science and technology policies and programs.
Politically, Fredrickson should be entirely acceptable. He was appointed NIH Director by the Ford Administration and is widely admired by Congress and the medical and scientific communities. Secretary Schweiker has indicated to me that he shares this assessment. I believe that Dr. Fredrickson's institutional loyalty will permit us this opportunity to retain his unique capabilities.
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