The Robert J. Glaser Page

(Robert Joy Glaser)

A member of the Board of Directors of the Lasker Foundation. BA and MD from Harvard University, 1940 and 1943. Joined Washington University School of Medicine faculty in 1949; became Dean at the University of Colorado Medical School in 1957. In 1963 he headed a program at Harvard to join together six of its teaching hospitals. In 1965, he became vice-president for medical affairs, dean and professor of medicine at Stanford University, and served briefly as Stanford's acting president in 1968 [after the resignation of J.E. Wallace Sterling]. While at Stanford, he was a founding member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and the first chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges. In 1970 he became vice-president of the Commonwealth Fund. He headed the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation from 1972 unil 1983. He was elected to the Washington University Board of Trustees in 1979. From 1984 to 1997 he served as the director of medical science and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust, of which Washington University was a beneficiary. He serves on the Board of Directors of Hanger Orthopedic Group Inc. and the Alza Corp., and was a director of the Hewlett-Packard Co. [1971-91]; First Boston Inc. [predecessor of Credit Suisse First Boston]; The Equitable Life Assurance Society; and the California Water Service Co. (a very important position in that state). (Robert J. Glaser receives Eliot Society's "Search" Award. Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine News 1998 June 3.)

Glaser bio / Washington University 1998
Robert J. Glaser Professorship bio / Washington University 2002
2000-2001 Board of Trustees / Washington University

From a citation for Glaser's honorary degree at The Johns Hopkins University commencement ceremony: "As a top administrator at the Washington University, Colorado and Stanford medical schools and as a faculty member at Harvard and Columbia, you shaped the careers of many hundreds of physicians, including President [William R.] Brody." (University to confer eight honorary degrees. The Johns Hopkins University Gazette 2000 May 22.) The Johns Hopkins was the key player in the development of the anti-smokers' case against the tobacco industry in the Minnesota tobacco trial, and Brody served at both JHU and the University of Minnesota.

Honorary Degrees / JHU Gazette 2000

Glaser was the chairman of the National Academy of Sciences 1975 Committee on a Study of National Needs for Biomedical and Behavioral Research Personnel. The committee included James B. Wyngaarden, another current director of the Lasker Foundation; John J. Burns, a Trustee of the Naylor Dana Institute of the American Health Foundation between 1975 and 1981; and Julius H. Comroe, a member of the Council for Tobacco Research (aka the CTR) form 1954 to 1960. The Panel on Basic Biomedical Sciences included current Lasker Foundation director Daniel E. Koshland Jr..

National Needs for Biomedical and Behavioral Research Personnel / National Academies Press 1975

Alza Corporation

Alza Corp. was founded by nicotine patch inventor Alejandro Zaffaroni. Glaser was on the board of directors of Alza until 1998, and William R. Brody and Dean O. Morton, retired Vice President and COO of Hewlett-Packard, are current board members.

Lisa Fruchter et al. securities class action suit alleging breach of fiduciary duty, naming Alza Corp., William R. Brody, Robert J. Glaser and others. (Warning: This file may get hung up.)

Fruchter et al. / Stanford University

Rep. Dan Glickman (D-KS) and Alza stock: "The timing of this purchase is significant because it 1) appears to be motivated by insider-type information, and 2) is correlated with legislative activity that could affect Alza... What's really interesting about this Alza deal is Rep. Glickman has a brother (Norman Glickman) who is an attorney practicing in Palo Alto, California (home base operations for Alza Corp.)!!! Norman Glickman's law firm (at least it was in 1992) is Fenwick and West -- a firm specializing in high-tech and biotechnology." (MOJO Wire. Link died

The Lucille P. Markey Trust

Bio of Lucile P. Markey from the University of Virginia Center for Cell Signaling: Her first husband was Warren Wright, the son of William Monroe Wright (1851-1931), "a miller's son and Chicago-based ace salesman who amassed one of the greatest fortunes in America after developing an improved baking powder, which he called Calumet." He bought a 407 acre farm in Kentucky to breed and raise trotting horses, which he also named Calumet. After his death in 1950, she married Rear Admiral Gene Markey, who had been a Hollywood movie producer in the 1930s. "When Gene Markey arrived at Calumet it was like a cabaret moving into a mausoleum. Movie stars came to visit, parties lasted all night, and Gene and Lucille Markey and their beloved Calumet Farm became an important focus of social activity in Bluegrass Country." Earnings on stocks and gas and oil properties eventually brought to value of the Markey Trust to nearly $500 million.

Markey bio / University of Virginia

Rear Adm. and Mrs. Gene Markey were guests of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Morris at the Belmont Ball for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the National Museum of Racing. (Elite of Racing Meet in Waldorf At Belmont Ball. New York Times, Jun. 8, 1963.)

The Lucille P. Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky traces her interest in medical research to Ben Roach, MD, one of the founders of the McDowell Cancer Network in the 1970s, who persuaded Mrs. Markey to match the funds they raised.

Lucille P. Markey Cancer Center History / University of Kentucky

Lucille P. Markey's will stipulated that the Trust had to spend itself out of existence within 15 years of her death, which was in 1982. As the director for medical science at the Trust, Glaser had nearly half a billion dollars to give away. "The sole scientist in the office that he maintains outside San Francisco, Glaser relies on the advice of a relatively small group of senior scientists, some of whom are affiliated with programs that the trust supports, to judge the quality and importance of the work for which funds have been requested." (Markey Trust has big grants for best, by Jeffrey Mervis. The Scientist 1988 Jan 25;2(2):4.)

Mervis / The Scientist 1988

Not surprisingly, the grants amounted to "working to make the rich even richer": "Over the past five years, for example, researchers from Harvard, Stanford, and MIT have captured about one-third of the $19.3 million distributed under the Trust's Scholar Awards for Biomedical Science, also known as the Markey Fellowships. Similarly, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale rank among the top five institutions to receive the largest Markey research program grants. And the pattern is likely to continue..." (Lucille Markey Trust sets agenda for going out of business, by Julia King. The Scientist 1989 May 15;3(10):17.)

King / The Scientist 1989

Harvard Awarded $2.5 million by Markey Trust. Harvard Gazette Archives, July 11, 1996. $2 million in "flexible endowment funds," and an additional $500,000 to the School of Public Health.

$2.5 Million Markey Trust award / Harvard University Gazette 1996

New York University at Buffalo's Center for Microbial Pathogenesis got a million dollars from the Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust. Their research has mainly been in conventionally accepted infectious diseases, such as varicella zoster virus, herpes simplex viruses, schistosomes and trypanosomes. John Hay, one of the lead investigators for the award, collaborated with R. Glaser in a book chapter, "The effects of stress on the immune system - implications for reactivation of latent herpesviruses" (In: Psychoneuroimmunology. M Schledowski, U Tewes, eds. Academic Press/ Plenum 1999), a field of inquiry that is little above mysticism. (UB receives $1 million grant from Markey Trust, by Jed Nitzberg. UB Reporter 1995 Jan 19;12(13):11.)

Nitzberg / University of Buffalo 1995


Glaser is on the Board of Directors of Maxygen, which was co-founded by Alejandro Zaffaroni, who is on the Scientific Advisory Board.

Leadership / Maxygen

The David and Lucille Packard Foundation

Glaser was on the board of directors of Hewlett-Packard from 1971 to 1991, and is a trustee emeritus of the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. Fellow trustees emeriti are Dean O. Morton, who serves on the Board of Alza Corp., and Robin Chandler Duke, founder of Population Action International and a correspondent of Mary Lasker from 1986 to 1993. The chairman, Susan Packard Orr, was formerly an economist at the National Institutes of Health and was a senior programmer and project leader in Health Computer Services at the University of Minnesota.

Board of Trustees and Officers / David and Lucille Packard Foundation

Hewlett-Packard directors in 1988 included Robert Glaser, MD Director of Medical Science; Harold Haynes, CEO of Chevron Corp [and a trustee of the RAND Corporation during the time of the Manning study of smoking costs]; and Antonie T. Knoppers, a trustee of the Salk Institute circa 1971.

Hewlett-Packard directors, 1988 / UCSF (pdf, 8 pp)

1994 Hewlett-Packard directors included Susan P. Orr; Thomas E. Everhart, also a director of General Motors; Paul F. Miller, also a director of Rohm & Haas and a trustee of the Ford Foundation; Donald E. Petersen was Chairman and CEO of Ford Motor Co; and Lewis E. Platt was a director of Molex.

Hewlett-Packard 1994 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Robert J. Glaser is an emeritus trustee of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, along with Philip R. Lee. The Foundation was co-founded by Philip R. Lee's father Russel V. Lee.

Board of Trustees / Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Nellcor Puritan Bennett

Glaser was a director of Nellcor Puritan Bennett from 1991. The future president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Risa J. Lavizzo-Mourey, joined its board in 1995. Directors Donald L. Hammond and Edwin E. van Bronkhorst also had ties to the Hewlett-Packard Company.

Nellcor Puritan Bennett 1996 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Hanger Orthopedic Group

Glaser was a director of Hanger Orthopedic Group from 1993 until retiring in 2002. Future (2003) Robert Wood Johnson Foundation president Risa J. Lavizzo-Mourey has been a diector since 2001.

Hanger Orthopedic Group 2002 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission


Additional bio: Glaser has been on the Board of Directors of Viropharma since 1997; President of the Pharmaceutical Services division of McKesson Corp.; President and COO of Ostex International, 1996-97; Senior Vice President of Marketing for Merck US Human Health 1994-96, Vice President of Marketing 1993-94; Vice President of Merck Vaccine Division 1991-93. George Soros is a 10% beneficial owner of this firm.

Board of Directors / Viropharma

The Kirsch Foundation

Glaser is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Kirsch Foundation of Silicon Valley millionaires Steve and Michele Kirsch.

Scientific Advisory Board / Kirsch Foundation

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