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The John E. Fogarty Papers

Letter from Palmer Dearing to John E. Fogarty pdf (136,941 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Palmer Dearing to John E. Fogarty
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 there.
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1951-05-22 (May 22, 1951)
Dearing, Palmer
United States. Public Health Service. Office of the Surgeon General
Fogarty, John E.
Original Repository: Phillips Memorial Library, Special and Archival Collections at Providence College
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Redefining the Federal Role in Public Health, Medical Research, and Education, 1949-1960
Metadata Record Letter from John E. Fogarty to Frank B. Keefe (May 18, 1951) pdf (250,994 Bytes) ocr (511 Bytes)
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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.
Very sincerely yours,
[handwritten] Palmer Dearing
Acting Surgeon General
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