The Donald S. Fredrickson Papers
- "Remarks to the NIH Community" [Resignation announcement]
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- 1981-06-19 (June 19, 1981)
- National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
- "Remarks to the NIH Community." National Institutes of Health. 01:58:53:00 - 02:00:26:00 on DigiBeta tape.
- "Remarks to the NIH Community" [Video] (June 19, 1981)
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- NIH Director, 1975-1981: Biomedical Research in a Time of Trial
- "Remarks to the NIH Community" [Reflecting on the past] (June 19, 1981)
- "Remarks to the NIH Community" [Thinking of the future] (June 19, 1981)
- [Resignation] Letter from Donald S. Fredrickson to President Ronald Reagan (June 18, 1981)
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- Folder Number: 7
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- Folder: [Compiliation] Director's Award 1981 and Resignation 1981 Jun 19, 1981
- This July, I am completing my fourth seven-year term at NIH. It seems as exhilarating and certainly as worthwhile as in the
summer of 1953, when my wife and I arrived in Bethesda. The last six years, however, I must confess, have been spent in the
relentless company of the administrative burdens of the Director. I have decided with great difficulty and much ambivalence,
that it's time for me to shed those burdens for a while, lest I forget completely how to be a scientist and a physician.
- And therefore, yesterday I sent to the President a letter containing these sentences:
- Dear Mr. President,
- I respectfully request that on the first day of July you accept my resignation as Director of the National Institutes of Health.
It is for personal reasons that I take leave of this position, which I have been honored to hold these past six years. Before
then, I was also privileged to spend much of my scientific career at the National Institutes of Health.
- I am most grateful, I wrote, for the continuing trust which you and Presidents Ford and Carter have extended in allowing me
to lead this remarkable institution.
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