Brief Chronology

  • 1900 --Born in Watertown, Wisconsin, November 30
  • 1923 --Graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College with a major in art history
  • 1926 --Married art dealer Paul Reinhardt in New York
  • 1934 --Divorced Reinhardt and launches her own business selling dress patterns
  • 1938 --Became Secretary of the Birth Control Federation of America and later of its successor, the Planned Parenthood Federation
  • 1940 --Married advertising entrepreneur Albert Davis Lasker
  • 1942 --Established with Albert the Lasker Foundation for Medical Research
  • 1943-45 --Reorganized the American Cancer Society as a modern fundraising and lobbying organization
  • 1945 --Supported President Harry Truman's call for universal health insurance
  • 1952 --Albert Lasker died of cancer
  • 1954 --Became the first woman appointed to the National Advisory Cancer Council
  • 1965 --Helped rally support for Medicare and Medicaid
  • 1971 --Lobbied successfully for passage of the National Cancer Act, which launched the "War on Cancer"
  • 1994 --Died in New York City, February 21