One of a series of letters regarding a rumor that the Public Buildings Administration wanted to take over space at the new
NIH clinical center and use it for "war agencies." The construction of the clinical center was started in 1949, and
completed in 1953.
Frank B. Keefe (R-WI) preceded Fogarty as chair of the House Appropriations subcommittee for Labor-HEW, and was his mentor
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1951-05-22 (May 22, 1951)
United States. Public Health Service. Office of the Surgeon General
Fogarty, John E.
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Redefining the Federal Role in Public Health, Medical Research, and Education, 1949-1960
Letter from John E. Fogarty to Frank B. Keefe (May 18, 1951)
Box Number: 36
Folder Number: 524
May 22, 1951
Dear Mr. Fogarty:
I am enclosing a clipping from the Washington Post of February 24th, which may
have been the basis for Mr. Keefe's concern about possible diversion of our
Clinical Center to other uses. As I reported to your secretary last Friday,
following your telephone request to Doctor Sebrell, we feel this whole business is
rumor and, naturally, will take the strongest possible stand against any such
diversion. I, for example, heard Commissioner Reynolds at a social gathering
remark that the Clinical Center building would provide a large amount of space,
and he inquired whether we would be able to utilize it. He was assured that the
space was badly needed and would be utilized, and that is our firm position.
e surely appreciate your interest and support. We feel it would be a tragic
miscarriage of judgment to diver this badly needed facility to purposes other than
those for which it was planned and constructed.