The Maxwell M. Rabb Page

Rabb was a Trustee of the AHF between April 1969 and August 1974. He was a partner of Stroock Stroock & Lavan.

"Maxwell M. Rabb '35 of New York City died June 9, 2002. He began his career practicing law in Boston with his brother George and then joined Massachusetts Senator Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.'s administrative staff in Washington, D.C. He also served as administrative assistant to Senators Leverett Saltonstall and Sinclair Weeks. After WWII, he became legal consultant to Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal. Rabb returned to Boston in 1946 to resume his law practice and later helped organize the draft-Eisenhower campaign, beginning his long association with Republican presidents. He served five U.S. presidents in various roles--including secretary of the Cabinet, U.S. ambassador to Italy, chairman of the U.S. delegation to UNESCO, member of the Presidential Commission on Income Maintenance Programs, and member of the presidential panel on India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh--and was the U.S. delegate to the World Bank. He returned to his law practice in the late 1980s." (In Memoriam - Harvard Law Bulletin, Fall 2002.)

Rabb obituary / Harvard Law Bulletin 2002

As governor, Leverett Saltonstall had appointed Sinclair Weeks to serve the remainder of Lodge's term in the U.S. Senate (Weeks Is Named to Succeed Lodge. New York Times, Feb. 9, 1944), then Saltonstall ran for the office himself. Weeks had been a member of the Lasker takeover of the American Cancer Society and was on the executive council of the ACS. (Eric Johnston Named Head of Cancer Drive. New York Times, Dec. 13, 1944.) While head of the U.S. Commerce Department during the Eisenhower adminstration, Weeks used the Census Bureau for a survey on smoking habits, and his former special assistant, Stanley M. Rumbough Jr., was also a trustee of the American Health Foundation.

Rabb was a member of Eisenhower's election campaign staff in 1952; the President's associate counsel in 1953; and Secretary to the Cabinet, 1953-1958. He was a correspondent of former Kohn, Loeb banker Lewis Lichtenstein Strauss between 1959 and 1971.

"Latest Republican to switch to LBJ is Maxwell Rabb. He served as secretary to the cabinet in the Eisenhower administration." (Kup's Column. The Chicago Sun Times, Sep. 23, 1964.)

Kup's Column, 1964 / UCSF (pdf, 1 p)

Maxwell M. Rabb was appointed to the Commission on Income Maintenance Programs (the Heineman Commission on welfare and related programs, 1968-1970) by President Johnson. Other members included Anna Rosenberg Hoffman and Henry S. Rowen, president of the Rand Corp.

Heineman Commission / Social Security Administration

"Role of the Cabinet in the Ford Administration." Memo from Ford Cabinet Secretary James E. Connor to Donald Rumsfeld, March 28, 1975, on his meeting with Eisenhower Cabinet Secretary Max Rabb. Connor comments that "Rabb's suggestions would, of course, substantially strengthen the role of the Cabinet and would give the President a style of government markedly different from his last three predecessors."

Memo from Connor to Rumsfeld, 1975 / Ford Library

"United States Embassy in Italy Cable from Maxwell M. Rabb to the Department of State," Dec. 20, 1983, dealt with Special Envoy Donald Rumsfeld's meetings with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz. (Released secret US State Department document)

US Embassy, Italy cable, 1983 / George Washington University
The Department of Defense (Rumsfeld)

Rabb was a director of Data Systems & Software Inc. (DSSI) from 1992 until his death in 2002.

DSSI 2001 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan was among the top ten lobbyists in New York City in 1991-1993, with $425,580 revenue. Their clients included the Health Insurance Plan and the New York Hospital. (1993 Lobbyist Annual Report. Office of the City Clerk, The City of New York, pp. 76-77.)

1993 Lobbyist Annual Report, pp 76-77 / UCSF (pdf, 91 pp)

Rabb was Committee Co-Chair of The Sister City Program of the City of New York, 2001 (with Tokyo, Japan).

Sister City, Tokyo / New York City Sister City Program

Rabb was a member of the board of directors of the George C. Marshall International Center.

Board / George C. Marshall International Center

John L. Vogelstein of E.M. Warburg Pincus & Co. was elected to serve Rabb's unexpired term as Trustee of Temple Emanu-El in New York City. (Temple Emanu-El Bulletin, 2002 Dec. 6;75(6).)

Bulletin Dec. 6, 2002 / Temple Emanu-El (pdf, 4pp)

Rabb was a director of Sterling Bancorp from 1989 until his death.

Sterling Bancorp 2001 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

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