The Frances Humphrey Howard Page

She was the aunt of Minnesota Attorney General Hubert Humphrey, who filed the main lawsuit against the tobacco companies in 1994

Howard was the "younger sister and confidante of Democratic leader Hubert H. Humphrey, Jr., who was Vice President of the US under LBJ. She came to Washington DC in the 1930s to live with her uncle, who worked in the Department of Agriculture, and graduated from George Washington University in 1937. In 1941, she became First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's assistant for employee activities in the National Civil Defense Office. In the 1950s, Eleanor Roosevelt chose her to become director of the United Nations Association. After leaving the UNA in 1959 to work on her brother's presidential campaign, she became "a State Department liaison officer to 60 voluntary organizations that offered community development programs in other countries." (Frances H. Howard, 88, Dies; Socialite and Policy Advocate. By Louie Estrada. The Washington Post 2002 Sep. 24, p. B07.)

Frances Humphrey Howard obituary / Washington Post 2002

She worked for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (now HHS) during the Nixon administration. In 1970, she joined the National Library of Medicine as Special Assistant to the Associate Director for Extramural Programs. "In that capacity, she has helped draw attention to medical libraries, and served as a liaison between NLM and other federal agencies, the biomedical community, private nonprofit organizations, and universities." (Frances Humphrey Howard Retires from NLM. NLM Newsline 1999 October-December;54(4).) Perhaps this explains why some of the old studies on infection and cancer from the 1970s were not added until recent years.

Frances Humphrey Howard Retires / NLM Newsline 1999

2002 Board of Directors of Friends of the National Library of Medicine: Longtime Lasker ally former Rep. Paul G. Rogers is chaiman. Other board members: Former Assistant Secretary for Health Edward N. Brandt Jr.; former HEW chief Joseph A. Califano Jr.; Lois DeBakey; Mary Lasker's crony Michael E. DeBakey; Mary's nephew, James Fordyce; Frances Humphrey Howard; Joshua Lederberg; Gilbert Omenn's mentor, Robert G. Petersdorf; Former Surgeons General Julius B. Richmond and Louis W. Sullivan; John Whitehead of Research!America; Susan Whitehead; and Mary Woolley, President of Research!America.

Board of Directors / Friends of the National Library of Medicine

"Harry Truman was a frequent visitor to Humphrey's Drug Store, which was a Democratic center," in Huron, South Dakota. Her ex-husband, Ray Howard, was a public health doctor. They were divorced in 1956. (Tribute by Rev. Kate Tucker.)

Kate Tucker Remarks / Frank Howard Homepage at Harvard University (pdf, 7pp)

"Though never a residential New Yorker, Frances adored the Big Apple, home to her beloved United Nations and her beloved Eleanor [Roosevelt]. She would never miss a Democratic Party convention held here. Margaret Mead sought out her anthropological knowledge of political behavior the night of Jimmy Carter's nomination at Madison Square Garden. They watched the rituals from a balcony with Frances serving as Margaret's native guide. Frances loved coming to Manhattan also at springtime to admire the Park Avenue tulips donated by her friend, Mary Lasker." ("The Musicality of Frances Humphrey Howard (1914-2002). Remembrance by Wilton S. Dillon, Senior Scholar Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution, Dec. 9, 2002.)

Dillon Remarks 3 / Frank Howard Homepage at Harvard University (pdf, 2pp)

Considering that the administration of Jimmy Carter launched the US government's health fascist war against the people of America, this little scene should put a new spin on the smug and smarmy quotation that anti-smoker Joe Cherner of Smokefree Educational Services affixes to his e-mail diatribes: "'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.' Margaret Mead." Of course, what it really indictates is the power of their own little clique of lying, cheating, stealing, politically-connected Wall Street conspirators (and their media accomplices) to ram their will down the throats of stupid, sniveling little sheeple, and turn the country into a giant Tuskegee Experiment to pander to their shallow and narcissistic delusions.

"It was said of Frances Howard that if she didn't know who you were in Washington, you probably weren't worth knowing... She was a fixture at Democratic events and was a participant in every Democratic National Convention from the one in Philadelphia in 1948 that propelled her brother to the national stage with his successful landmark civil rights fight to the convention that nominated Al Gore 54 years later." (Bits & Pieces. Politics in Minnesota 2002 Oct. 11;21(6).) It is interesting that her name in several forms does not come up in internet searches. Perhaps her participation was in the Democratic Party's smokefree back rooms.

Politics in Minnesota, 2002 / Frank Howard Homepage at Harvard University (pdf, p5/8)

"Two alumni of Cornell's Humphrey Fellowship Program, Amy Kabwe, 1981-82, and Eun-Kyung Suh, 1986-87, were recognized in June at the 20th Anniversary Conference of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program... Ms. Kabwe is the vice-president of the Tobacco Control Commission for Africa and has lobbied for the anti-tobacco movement in Africa at both the local and international levels. Under Ms. Kabwe's leadership, anti-tobacco lobbyists have successfully introduced public health regulations to the government and are now working to make these regulations law... Mrs. Frances Humphrey Howard, sister of the late senator and vice president, and James Haldeman, coordinator of the Cornell Humphrey program, presented both awards." (Cornell Humphrey Alumni Recognized. CALS News, 1999 Oct;6(2).) The Fellowship is funded by the US State Department (our tax dollars).

Humphrey alumni, 1999 / Cornell University

Frances Humphrey Howard made the Washington Life Social A-List for 2000, 2001, and 2002.

2000 Social A-List / Washington Life
2001 Social A-List / Washington Life
2002 Social A-List / Washington Life

Howard was a member of the Board of Advisors of The Claude Pepper Foundation before her death. Current members include Mary Lasker's longtime correspondent Robert N. Butler; former President Gerald R. Ford; Sen. Dick Gephardt; Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV; the Lasker Syndicate's loyal stooge, former Rep. Paul G. Rogers; and infamous anti-smoker Rep. Henry Waxman.

Board of Advisors / The Claude Pepper Foundation

Louisiana State University Media & Politics Lecture, March 2, 2000: "The purpose of the series will be to inform adults and students alike on the importance of the democratic process, to present the elements needed to make informed voting decisions and to encourage active participation during election times." Featured lecturers included Bob Mann, State Director of US Sen. John Breaux (who introduced a new universal health insurance scheme in 2002 with the self-righteous, bullying, falsely-accusing rhetoric of a Lasker Syndicate surgeon general); Norman Sherman, Vice President Humphrey's former press secretary; Frances Humphrey Howard; and her old crony from the Smithsonian, Wilton S. Dillon. (Louisiana's Old State Capitol Partners with LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication. Press release, March 2, 2000.)

Media & Politics / Louisiana Department of State

Former US Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey Jr. had been an assistant instructor of political science at LSU from 1939 to 1940. He was chairman of the board of consultants of Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corp. after his unsuccessful presidential campaign in 1968. William Benton was Chairman of the Board and publisher of Encyclopedia Britannica from 1943 to 1973.

Hubert H. Humphrey Jr. bio / US Congress

The Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

The Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota: "Howard was enthusiastic about the creation of the Humphrey Institute as a living memorial to her brother's interests and ideals. Howard continued to play an active role in the life of the Institute as a donor, an honorary member of the Institute's advisory council, and a prized speaker." (The Institute loses a friend and ally. Humphrey Institute News 2002 October.) Also in this issue, fellowship recipients were invited to join major fellowship contributors "for a convivial morning of conversation." These big donors included "Deborah Olson, daughter of Joseph Robbie." [Robbie was head of the Minnesota Candy & Tobacco Distributors Association, as well as a former Trustee of the American Health Foundation - and an old friend of Hubert Humphrey. His daughter was Treasurer of the 1998 Humphrey for Governor Committee -cast]

Humphrey Institute News, 2002 / University of Minnesota (pdf)

Philip Morris donated $10,000 to the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs; the U.S. Congress donated $5 million, and Japan $1 million. (HHH Institute Receives $10,000. The Tobacco Observer, 1978 Aug;3(4):8.)

The Tobacco Observer, Aug. 1978 / UCSF (pdf, 24 pp)

Former Honeywell CEO Edson W. Spencer is Chairman Emeritus (1993-2002) and a member of the Advisory Board of the Humphrey Institute.

Advisory Board / Humphrey Institute

Former Minnesota Republican Representative (1980-92) John Vincent "Vin" Weber is a Senior Fellow of the Humphrey Institute. (Madeleine Albright at the U. UMN News, Dec. 6, 2005.) From 1997 to 2000, Weber was a lobbyist for William Novelli and the National Center for Tobacco Free Kids, the recipients of billions of dollars of smokers' looted money in the Minnesota tobacco settlement. (Vin Weber. Media Transparency; The Seduction. By Barbara T. Dreyfuss. The American Prospect magazine, June 2004.) Weber was chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy, of which Rep. Ron Paul has this to say: "The misnamed National Endowment for Democracy is nothing more than a costly program that takes US taxpayer funds to promote favored politicians and political parties abroad. What the NED does in foreign countries ... would be rightly illegal in the United States. The NED injects 'soft money' into the domestic elections of foreign countries in favor of one party or the other.In 1998, Weber was an advisor to anti-tobacco activists. Imagine what a couple of hundred thousand dollars will do to assist a politician or political party in a relatively poor country abroad. It is particularly Orwellian to call US manipulation of foreign elections 'promoting democracy.' How would Americans feel if the Chinese arrived with millions of dollars to support certain candidates deemed friendly to China? Would this be viewed as a democratic development?" And Barbara Conry, a foreign policy analyist for the Cato Institute, said: "NED, which also has a history of corruption and financial mismanagement, is superfluous at best and often destructive. Through the endowment, the American taxpayer has paid for special-interest groups to harass the duly elected governments of friendly countries, interfere in foreign elections, and foster the corruption of democratic movements ..." Nearly all of its $35 million annual budget comes from the U.S. government. (National Endowment for Democracy's Feel-good Name Belies Its Corrupt Intent. by Harley Sorensen. San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 17, 2003.) He has been a regular at meetings of the "Off the Record Club," a secret social group of lobbyists that meets with Bush administration officials. (A Man of Mystery. By Michael Isikoff. Newsweek, Feb. 26, 2007.)

Madeleine_Albright_at_the_U. / University of Minnesota
Vin Weber profile / Media Transparency
The Seduction / Third World Traveler
National Endowment for Democracy's Feel-good Name / CommonDreams
A Man of Mystery / Newsweek

Remember the infamous Friendship Heights Village ban on smoking in parks and on public sidewalks? "The main village park, rebuilt in 1970, was formally dedicated as 'Hubert Humphrey Friendship Park' in 1978. Hubert Humphrey's sister, Frances Humphrey Howard, often visited the Village; Senator Humphrey's grandson lived in the Willoughby while a student at American University" (Friendship Heights Village web page). And, the photo of its anti-smoker mayor in People magazine resulted in his arrest for fondling a 14-year old boy in National Cathedral. (Friendship Heights mayor accused of fondling boy. By Myra Mensh Patner. The Gazette, Feb. 2, 2001.)

About / Friendship Heights Village
Patner, Feb. 2, 2001 / The Gazette

Hubert H. Humphrey III

Skip Humphrey was part of the conspiracy by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) to take over R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. The tobacco industry subsequently threw the Minnesota lawsuit by settling, despite the fact that they appeared to be winning, thus assisting the conspirators to loot and plunder smokers.

Both HHH's son, Hubert "Skip" H. Humphrey III, the former Minnesota Attorney General who filed the state lawsuit against the tobacco industry; and his grandson, Hubert "Buck" H. Humphrey IV, graduated from American University.

Hubert "Skip" H. Humphrey III bio / Minnesota Politics
Hubert H. Humphrey IV bio / Minnesota Politics

Hubert H. Humphrey III and C. Everett Koop were the incorporators of the infamous Minnesota Partnership for Action Against Tobacco (MPAAT), created to use the money stolen from smokers in the tobacco settlement to spread lies and defamations against smokers and lobby for smoking bans.

Incorporators of MPAAT, 1998 / UCSF (pdf, 26 pp)
Biographies of MPAAT Board Members, 1998 / UCSF (pdf, 22 pp)

Hennepin County (Minneapolis, Minnesosta) District Court Judge William Ray Howard is the son of Ray and Frances Humphrey Howard. "Judge Howard has worked for the state of Minnesota since 1971, either as a special assistant attorney general or in a management role." He was also an assistant commissioner of insurance with the Minnesota Dpartment of Commerce.

Howard bio / Hennepin County Bar Association

Janet Howard, Vice President of International Affairs of the Coca-Cola Company, is a longtime friend but not related to Frances Howard. She arranged for the company to underwrite the Frances Humphrey Howard Fellowship of the National Peace Foundation, which is "spearheaded" by health policy historian Stephen Strickland. (UW-Eau Claire Graduate Student Awarded National Peace Foundation Fellowship. UW-Eau Claire News Bureau, July 28, 2003; Around Town, Washington Life, Feb. 2003)

National Peace Foundation Fellowship / UW-Eau Claire
Around Town / Washington Life, Feb. 200

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