The Thomas H. Kean Page

Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Kean was the anti-smoker governor of New Jersey from 1982 to 1990. He was Chairman of the Carnegie Corp., and is a director of Pepsi Bottling Group, Bell Atlantic, Amerada Hess, United Health Corp. and other corporations. Kean is a member of a New Jersey political dynasty going back to the 1800s; his grandfather, Hamilton Fish Kean, was an investment banker worth nearly $50 million (circa 1937!), and part of the Republican machine of J.P. Morgan. (America's Sixty Families. By Ferdinand Lundberg. The Vanguard Press, 1937 & 1938.)

America's Sixty Families excerpt / Conspiracy Theory Research Links
Kaufmann-Keast / Political

Thomas H. Kean's niece, Elizabeth S. Kean, married Philip Le Breton Douglas, the son of Philip Morris director 1980-95 Paul W. Douglas, and grandson of Sen. Paul H. Douglas (D-IL), who in 1965 was one of four Senators who urged President Johnson to veto the Cigarette Advertising and Labelling Act because of its provision postponing the Federal Trade Commission's rule requiring health hazard warning in cigarette advertising.. (Elizabeth S. Kean Affianced. New York Times, Dec. 12, 1982.)

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Kean was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York since 1991. In 1997, he replaced the retiring Newton N. Minow as Chairman. Vartan Gregorian was elected President to replace David A. Hamburg; Minow and James A. Johnson, Kean's fellow director of United HealthCare, were on the search committee. (Carnegie Corporation elects new president. Press release, Jan. 9, 1997.)

Carnegie Corporation elects new president / Carnegie Corporation of New York

Amerada Hess

Kean has been a director of Amerada Hess since 1990. Edith E. Holiday, former assistant to President George H. W. Bush, has been a director since 1993. Richard B. Sellars, former Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, was a director from 1980 to 1996, and Robert N. Wilson, Senior Vice Chairman of the Board of Johnson & Johnson, has been a director since 1996. In 2003, Kean was deemed one of the "control persons of the company by virtue of their beneficial ownership of common stock in their capacity as executors of the estate of Leon Hess and as trustees of certain related stock."

Amerada Hess 1994 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission
Amerada Hess 2003 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission


Kean has been a director of ARAMARK Corp. since 1994. Fellow directors include Karl M. von der Heyden, former Vice Chairman of Pepsico, retired co-chairman and CEO of RJR Nabisco, and director of Federated Department Stores.

ARAMARK Corp. 2002 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Bell Atlantic

Kean was a director of Bell Atlantic from 1990 until it merged with GTE in 2000. RAND trustee Frank Carlucci was a director between 1989 and 1997. Other directors in 1999 included James G. Cullen, a director of Johnson & Johnson; two who were also directors of Metropolitan Life Insurance, Helene L. Kaplan and Hugh B. Price (also a director of Sears); two who had ties to General Motors, Eckhard Pfeiffer and Shirley Young; two who were directors of American Home Products, Ivan G. Seidenberg and John R. Stafford; James H. Gilliam Jr., a director of Household International; and Rozanne L. Ridgway, a director of RJR Nabisco Holdings.

Bell Atlantic 1999 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

CIT Group

Kean was a director of CIT Group from 1999 to 2001 and since 2001.

CIT Group 2003 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Fiduciary Trust International

Kean was a director of Fiduciary Trust International, which was acquired by Franklin Resources Inc. (dba Franklin Templeton Investments) in 2001. Richard A. Goldstein, Chairman and CEO of International Flavors and Fragrances, was a fellow director.

Fiduciary Trust Brochure / Fiduciary Trust Company International (pdf, 12pp)

Pepsi Bottling Group

Kean has been a director of the Pepsi Bottling Group since 1999.

Pepsi Bottling Group 2003 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

UnitedHealth Care Group

Kean has been a director of UnitedHealth Care Group (formerly United HealthCare Corp.) since 1993. Fellow directors include former US Secretary of Health and Human Services (1993-2001) Donna Shalala; Gail R. Wilensky, Deputy Assistant to President George HW Bush for policy development from 1992 to 1993, administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration from 1990 to 1992, and other federal positions; and James A. Johnson, who led the search committee for a new president of the Carnegie Corporation.

UnitedHealth Care Group 2003 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Century Foundation Homeland Security Project

Kean is co-chair of the Century Foundation's Homeland Security Project. His co-chair is Richard Celeste, a director of the Carnegie Corporation of New York (and Chairman of the Health Effects Institute). And, former Carnegie Corporation of New York Chairman David Hamburg's daughter Margaret Hamburg is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Homeland Security Project. Joseph Califano and Edward E. David Jr. are Trustees of the Century Foundation.

Committee / Homeland Security Project
Kean bio / Homeland Security Project

National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

President Bush named Kean to head the investigation of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States into the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Former Illinois Governor James Thompson is also a member. (Thomas Kean named to 9/11 panel. AP Dec. 16, 2002, in USA Today.)

Thomas Kean named to 9/11 panel / USA Today
"Bush Names Thomas Kean" / US Mission to the European Union
9-11 Commission Members / 9-11 Commission

"New Chairman of 9/11 Commission had business ties with Osama's Brother in Law," by Michael Chossudovsky. Dec. 27, 2002, Global Research. Amerada Hess's joint venture with Delta Oil, which is owned by members of the bin-Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi clans. Khalid bin-Mahfouz also has ties to the Carlyle Group and BCCI.

Chossudovsky / Global Research

Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancies

Kean is chairman of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancies. David A. Hamburg is a director, and C. Everett Koop is an emeritus trustee.

Leaders / National Camapign to Prevent Teen Pregnancies

New Jersey Commission on Smoking OR Health

"In 1986, New Jersey's then Commissioner of Health, Richard Goldstein, established the Commission on Smoking or Health to serve as an advisory board to the State Department of Health on matters concerning tobacco use and control." The Governor's wife, Mrs. Thomas H. Kean, was honorary chairman. Health Commissioner Molly J. Coye, who had been a Special Advisor for Health and the Environment in the governor's office since 1985, was the primary instigator of this. (NJ State Commission on Smoking or Health. By Lee B. Reichman. NJ Med 1988 Feb;85(2):75-178 [p. 42].)

NJ Med 1988 full article / UCSF (pdf, 50 pp)

The New Jersey Commission on Smoking OR Health produced a vicious report, "New Jersey's Clean Indoor Air Laws A Promise, But Little Protection," May 25, 1989. Anti-smoker John Slade of the Medical Society of New Jersey was the Chairperson, and, besides the usual representatives of the corrupt American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and American Lung Association, also included Carlton Anderson of The Prudential Insurance Company, Richard Lloyd of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of New Jersey, and Richard Watson of Johnson & Johnson. The Commission was appointed by the New Jersey Department of Health in 1985.

Commission on Smoking OR Health, 1989 / UCSF (pdf, 11 pp)

The media crow that "The impact of a series of bills signed last week by Gov. Thomas Kean makes New Jersey the only industrial state in the country where smoking will be regulated in the workplace, at the supermarket, in restaurants and on public transit systems." (Stricter regulations on smoking advance Jersey to legislative forefront. By Dan Weissman. The Star-Ledger June 17, 1985.)

Star-Ledger, 1985 / UCSF (pdf, 4 pp)

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