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The Donald S. Fredrickson Papers

Letter to Donald S. Fredrickson pdf (31,154 Bytes) ocr (341 Bytes)
Letter to Donald S. Fredrickson
In the Spring of 1980, Congressman Henry Waxman proposed to reorganize biomedical research programs in the federal government, including a restructuring of NIH extramural research grants. Fredrickson mobilized opposition to this restructuring among scientists and academics. This created tensions with Secretary of Health and Human Services Patricia Harris and her staff, who wanted to direct the department's response to Waxman's initiative, not have the NIH director act independently. These tensions were reflected in a speech Harris gave at NIH on March 21, 1980 in which she stated that Fredrickson, absent on a visit with President Jimmy Carter to the site of the eruption of Mount St. Helens, "prefers to meet a raging volcano than the Secretary." Rumors of Fredrickson's imminent resignation as NIH director resulting from these tensions proved unfounded, and his relationship with Secretary Harris was soon repaired.
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1980-05-22 (May 22, 1980)
Fredrickson, Donald S.
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NIH Director, 1975-1981: Biomedical Research in a Time of Trial
Box Number: 31
Folder Number: 21
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Letters (correspondence)
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Series: Director, National Institutes of Health, 1962-2001 (bulk 1974-1981)
SubSeries: Secretary of Health and Human Services, 1976-1995
Folder: Harris - Exit, 1980-1981
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