The Mrs. William McCormick Blair Jr. Page

Catherine Gerlach Blair, Vice President and a director of the Lasker Foundation

"Greased by old Chicago ties, Deeda Blair and Mary Lasker became close, and, in 1965, Deeda was named a director and vice-president of the Lasker Foundation... Through her association with Mary Lasker, Deeda Blair's influence became enormous, too. She was appointed to boards and committees affiliated with organizations from Duke University's Comprehensive Cancer Center to the Harvard School of Public Health, to Rockefeller University to the American Cancer Society. At one time or another she has sat on some of the most prestigious boards and committees in the world of biological research. Yet she is not a scientist, or a politician, or a businesswoman. Deeda Blair is a catalyst, the hostess of an extended salon who is expert at making the kinds of introductions that keep the party going, a talent that makes others want to know her. 'We used to do large dinners downstairs,' she says, indicating the lower floor of her home, 'with a mix of scientists and congressmen and press people. A friend of mine once walked down those stairs and said, 'My gosh, you've got the whole appropriations committee here!' She places her elbows on her knees, cocks her wrist so the cigarette between her fingers is aimed out the window, and says, "I can pick up the phone and say this is Deeda Blair, I am vice-president of the Alfred [sic] and Mary Lasker Foundation and I am a member of the research committee of the American Cancer Society and usually people will see me.' We look at each other a moment and then laugh at the understatement." She was Mary Lasker's connection to Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Elliot Richardson in the Nixon administration (pp 92-93). "She is still the one person in the world who can sit next to the catwalks of Paris during the spring shows, put the arm on a few of the 500 or so women who regularly support couture by purchasing dresses priced about the same as a BMW, and come back with a quarter of a million dollars for a new DNA sequencing machine for somebody's lab. 'Deeda could walk through the NIH and everybody would genuflect,' an acquaintance told me (p. 94." (Rapture: How Biotech Became the New Religion. By Brian Alexander. Basic Books, 2003.)

Rapture: How Biotech Became the New Religion /

Healthcare Ventures

Healthcare Ventures was founded in 1985 by Wallace Steinberg and Hal Werner, the original heads of Johnson and Johnson Development Corporation, which was Johnson & Johnson's internal venture capital operation, and James H. Cavanaugh. (In: Rapture: How Biotech Became the New Religion. By Brian Alexander. Basic Books, 2003, p. 88). "Deeda became the face of Healthcare Ventures in the world of biology. She was the guarantor of Steinberg's bona fides, wooing scientists into meetings, holding their hands when they expressed reservations about Steinberg or the deals they were making. She was part of the Lasker, after all, and all those other boards and committees, prehaps the most cross-connected person in the world of biomedical research, and she was speaking up for Wally Steinberg... With the mining of NIH science well along, Healthcare Ventures turned to Harvard. Once again, in return for a cut, Deeda ran interference, assuring skeptical administrators and scientists that Steinberg could, and would, pull off commercialization of the biology going on in the labs." Werner and Cavanaugh are still Managing Directors of the firm, which invests primarily in early-stage companies. "Notable HealthCare Ventures investments include public companies such as Critical Therapeutics, Dendreon Pharmaceuticals, Diversa Corp., Human Genome Sciences, LeukoSite, MedImmune, NitroMed, OraSure, Shire Pharmaceuticals, and Vicuron Pharmaceuticals."

Investment Team / Healthcare Ventures
Active Portfolio Companies / Healthcare Ventures
Former Portfolio Companies / Healthcare Ventures

James H. Cavanaugh

"Since 1988, Dr. Cavanaugh has served as a general partner of HealthCare Ventures LLC, a venture capital management company. Dr. Cavanaugh was formerly president of SmithKline & French Laboratories—U.S., the pharmaceutical division of SmithKline Beckman Corporation. Previously, he was president of SmithKline Beckman’s clinical laboratory business and, before that, president of Allergan International, a pharmaceutical company. Prior to his industry experience, Dr. Cavanaugh served as staff assistant to the President for Health Affairs and then deputy director of the Domestic Council. Under President Ford, he was appointed deputy assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs and deputy chief of the White House staff. Dr. Cavanaugh is the non-executive chairman of Shire Pharmaceuticals Group plc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, and serves as a director on the boards of MedImmune, Inc. and Advancis Pharmaceuticals Corp., both biopharmaceutical companies." (Director bio, Diversa Corporation, 06-19-06.)

Board of Directors / Diversa Corporation

"Dr. James H. Cavanaugh, 32 years old, of Madison, N.J. was named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Scientific Affairs today in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Still to be named is Dr. Cavanaugh's superior, the Assistant Secretary." (Deputy Health Aide Picked. New York Times, May 11, 1969.) "Prior to being named Deputy Assistant Secretary, Cavanaugh was director of the Office of Planning and Program Coordination in the Assistant Secretary's office." (Cavanaugh Appointed to HEW Post. Washington Post, Times Herald, May 11, 1969.) Roger O. Egeberg became his boss. Cavanaugh proclaimed that "the delivery of health services is faltering so badly that 'we will have to shake the present system literally to its foundations,'" and that "revolutionary" changes are needed, and advocated prepaid group practice. (Medical System Blasted. Washington Post, Times Herald, Jul. 13, 1969.) Cavanaugh was a member of President Nixon's Domestic Council from Jan. 1971 until he was made an associate director of "human resources" under executive director Kenneth R. Cole Jr. (White House Tells Domestic Council Shifts. Los Angeles Times, May 25, 1973; Business as Usual Reported By White House Spokesman. Washington Post, Times Herald, May 25, 1973.) Cavanaugh praised chain hospitals, such as those established by Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr. and Hospital Corporation of America. (Hospitals-for-Profit Grow; Chains Accused of Selecting Easy Cases Profit-Making Chain Hospitals: a Growing Industry. Washington Post, Apr. 29, 1974.) Cavanaugh became acting director of the Domestic Council during the Ford administration, after Cole resigned. (Rockefeller Acts to Gain Control of Domestic Council. By John Herbers. New York Times, Feb. 6, 1975.) "With Rockefeller designated by the President to oversee the Domestic Council, it is expected that the Vice President will call upon the Rockefeller-funded Commission on Critical Choices for much outside expertise." (Planning Begins for Ford Campaign. Los Angeles Times, Jun. 19, 1975.) Cavanaugh was promoted to deputy assistant to the president for domestic affairs. (Ford Acts to Overcome Problems in Primary Campaign in Florida. By James M. Naughton. Jan. 29, 1976.) Cavanaugh joined Allergan Pharmaceuticals as vice president for corporate development. (Business & People. Los Angeles Times, Mar. 18, 1977.)

"Office of Presidential Personnel: James Cavanaugh, a vice president of Allergan Pharmaceutical Co., who served as deputy chief of staff in the Ford White House. Office of Appointment Secretary: Terry O'Donnell, Ford's old appointment secretary, and Steve Bull, Nixon's appointment secretary, now with Philip Morris Co." Other members of the Transition Team included James A. Baker III, Richard G. Darman, and Nancy Reynolds; and William H. Taft IV, "member of Ohio's Taft family and former general counsel of the old Department of Health, Education and Welfare. (White House Transition Team. Washington Post, Feb. 18, 1980.)

White House Transition Team, Washington Post, Feb. 18, 1980 / UCSF (pdf, 4 pp)

Cavanaugh was a member of Reagan's 18-member health policy advisory group, along with Theodore Cooper, recently named Upjohn exec VP, and Charles Edwards, Scripps Medical Institute president. (Research Notes. The Blue Sheet, Aug. 20, 1980; and: GOP Creates Health Policy Advisory Panel. By Mary Jane Fisher. The National Underwriter Aug. 23, 1980.)

Research Notes, The Blue Sheet, Aug. 20, 1980 / UCSF (pdf, 2 pp)
1980 GOP Health Policy Panel / UCSF (pdf, 25 pp)

Cavanaugh became special consultant to President Reagan in 1981. (Newport Beach Man Named Consultant to the President. Los Angeles Times, Feb. 7, 1981.) In 1983, he became president of SmithKline-Beckman. (Executives. New York Times, Apr. 27, 1983.) He resigned as president of Smith Kline & French Laboratories after its big money-maker, the ulcer drug Tagamet, suffered sluggish sales. (SmithKline Division Loses Its President. By Daniel F. Cuff. New York Times, Jul. 27, 1988.) Cavanaugh earned a doctorate in economics and health administration from the University of Iowa. (Healthcare Investment Names New President. New York Times, Aug. 3, 1989.)

"Audrey Higdon, secretary to NCI Division of Cancer Cause and Prevention Director Dr. Gregory T. O'Conor, retired last month after more than 30 years of government service. Mrs. Higdon began her government career as a secretary for the War Department in 1941. After a brief period out of government she joined the Department of Agriculture in 1950 before moving in 1955 to HEW. From 1955 to 1967 she served as secretary in the National Heart Institute where she worked with Drs. Luther Terry and William Stewart, each of whom later attained the rank of Surgeon General. In 1967 she joined the staff of Dr. James Cavanaugh, then head of the Comprehensive Health Planning Program in the office of the Surgeon General, and followed him to the White House where he was a special assistant to the President's Domestic Council from 1971 until she returned to NIH in 1973." (Long-Time NIH Employee, Audrey Higdon, Retires. The NIH Record, Feb. 20, 1979.)

Long-Time NIH Employee, Audrey Higdon, Retires, Feb. 20, 1979 / UCSF (pdf, 10 pp)

Citizens' Committee for the Conquest of Cancer

Deeda Blair was a sponsoring member of the Citizens' Committee for the Conquest of Cancer, co-founded by Mary Lasker's crony, Sidney Farber, and co-chaired by Emerson Foote of the American Cancer Society and Solomon Garb, who was a correspondent of Mary Lasker between 1969 and 1981. Other sponsoring members included her husband, William McC. Blair Jr., Elmer H. Bobst; R. Lee Clark; Mrs. Alice Fordyce, Mary's sister; James W. Fordyce, Mary's nephew; Mary's old friend, Leonard Goldenson of ABC-TV; Mrs. Paul G. Hoffman, aka Anna Rosenberg; Robert W. Holley of the Salk Institute; Mathilde Krim; Hollywood producer Norman Lear; William Regelson, founder of FIBER, on whose board Mary later served; and Bernard J. Reis, Treasurer of the Lasker Foundation. Garb sent a bullying letter to Curtis H. Judge, President of Lorillard Inc., demanding that "the tobacco industry" lobby for "higher total appropriations to NCI" and that "the Tobacco Research Institute [sic] should allocate substantial sums to finding anticancer drugs in plants." (Garb to Judge, Sep. 20, 1978.)

Citizens' Committee for the Conquest of Cancer, 1978 / UCSF (pdf, 4 pp)

Center for the Advancement of Children's Mental Health

Bio: "Ms. Deeda Blair is a long-standing, extraordinarily effective advocate for advancing health care in the U.S. and abroad. Currently, she serves as the Vice President and Director of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, a member of the Dean's Council of the Harvard School of Public Health, and Co-Chairman of the International Advisory Council of the Harvard AIDS Institute. In addition, she serves on the Advisory Council of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School, the Board of Directors of Scripps Research Institute, and the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Past positions have included memberships on the Rockefeller University Council, and the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society. Together with Mary Lasker she initiated one of the most successful public health outreach campaigns ever conducted. This national campaign sought to educate the public concerning the need for blood pressure screening, and utilized a collaboration of partners across federal health agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and the Advertising Council." The late Katherine Graham of the Washington Post was also on the Board.

Advisory Board / Kids Mental Health

Foundation for the National Institutes of Health

Deeda is Secretary and a director of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. This foundation, which required special Congressional approval, gives these people direct power over research activities of the NIH without having to go the political process like the common people (as if they don't have plenty of their agents in high positions in this government institution already). Charles A. Sanders, emeritus director of Research!America and principal of the Washington Advisory Group, has been Chairman since it was established in 1996. Other directors include Joshua Lederberg and former Rep. John Edward Porter (R-IL), also a director of Research!America.

Board of Directors / Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
FNIH history / NIH Record, 1996

"NINDS/NIMH Celebrate Brain Science at Gala," by Shannon E. Garnett, NIH Record, Nov. 13, 2001. Deeda Blair, John Edward Porter, Stanley "Prions" Prusiner, and Charles A. Sanders were there. Leslie Stahl of CBS 60 Minutes moderated the panel.

NINDS/NIMH Brain Science Gala / NIH Record 2001

Anne and Charles Sanders, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rogers, Sen. Ted Kennedy, James Watson, former Rep. John Edward Porter, Cokie Roberts and HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson "joined members of Congress, representatives from the major pharmaceutical companies, and a few prominent Washingtonians at a lavish dinner held at the Library of Congress," chaired by Deeda Blair of the Lasker Foundation. (NIH Dinner Celebrating the Helix and the Genome. Washington Life, May 2003.)

NIH Dinner / Washington Life 2003

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has granted the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health $749,093 up to 8-31-01.

Scripps Research Institute

Blair is on the Board of Trustees of the Scripps Research Institute, along with former members of Congress Paul Rogers (a director of Research!America); former AHF Trustee Charles C. Edwards; and John R. Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society.

Scripps Research Institute Board of Trustees

The Council for Tobacco Research was a major donor (over $1 million over the years) to the Scripps Research Institute. Other major donors in this class include the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Rogers and Blair are also donors.

Donors / Scripps Research Institute

Memo from John H. Kruisher to the CTR project committee comprising Dr. Huebner (chairman), Dr. Andervont, Dr. Sommers, and Dr. Jacobson, on site visit to Richard A. Lerner at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, Aug. 7, 1970.

Lerner site visit, 1970 / UCSF (pdf, 1 p)

National Health Museum

She is also a Trustee of the National Health Museum, along with Mary Lasker's nephew James W Fordyce, and former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.

National Health Museum Board of Trustees

Harvard AIDS Institute

From David Patrick Columbia's New York Social, "A Very Important and Very Fancy Dinner at the St. Regis Roof," concerning the Harvard AIDS Institute Leadership Awards: "I don't know for a fact that this is her dinner, but she is definitely the one who makes this dinner, among other things, happen for the Harvard AIDS Institute. I was introduced to Mrs. Blair fifteen or twenty years ago in Los Angeles (which she may very well not even remember). It was at a large dinner party where we were both guests. She was in Los Angeles with the grande dame of medical philanthropists [sic] in New York, Mary Lasker... She is not someone you forget having met.

"Also, it was meeting her and Mrs. Lasker that I first became aware of the great interest that certain society women take in medical research. These women either give from their own largesse, or go out and get the money that is needed to carry on medical progress in our civilization. It is a very lofty task, when you consider it. There are other women, not society women, who are just as involved, particularly professionals who are carrying out the work. Dr. Mathilde Krim is a prominent example. But Deeda Blair and her peers (a number of whom were present tonight), because of their fund-raising activity, provide the economic and political link (impetus) that keeps the wheels of the social machine greased and moving."

Unfortunately, Mr. Columbia is naive about what they are really up to. These people are not "philanthropists," they are INVESTORS. They put up a small bit of their own and their friends' money, and then they get a huge payback, both financially and in terms of political power. The really big money comes from the government, from the peoples' tax dollars, which goes to the hospitals, foundations, universities, and various auxiliary business operations (such as the "nicotine addiction" treatment industry they are endeavoring to create by political means), whose boards of directors are controlled by these leeches and their cronies. And don't forget their tax writeoffs. All those Wall Street investment bankers aren't there out of the kindness of their hearts!

And worst of all, they have NOT promoted medical progress. Because of these people, there is today a dual system in place. On the one side, there is a corrupt pseudo-science, founded on the a priori belief that so-called "chronic diseases" such as cancer and heart disease are caused by lifestyle and not by infection. It is unadulterated syncophancy to the rich peoples' notion of their class superiority and their wish to force their social "inferiors" to be just like them. And this is the side that has all the political power and gets most of the money. Meanwhile, the real scientists get a miserly pittance, like Cinderella versus her wicked stepsisters.

The Harvard AIDS Institute Leadership Awards Dinner / New York Social Diary

Blair is Co-Chair of the Policy Board and the International Advisory Council of the Harvard AIDS Institute.

The Harvard AIDS Institute Policy Board
The Harvard AIDS Institute International Advisory Council

David A. Hamburg, former president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, is also a member of the International Advisory Council.

The chairman of the Harvard AIDS Institute is international diamond merchant Maurice Tempelsman, originally a native of Belgium. He was a correspondent of Adlai Stevenson II from 1955 until Stevenson's death in 1965, and is a major donor to the Democratic Party - $169,000 in 1996, according to Mother Jones, which also notes his "many influential friends in Washington, and his staff has included a former CIA Africa division head" (O So Connected. This diamond merchant has an eye for political deals, by Jeanne Brokaw. Mother Jones, 1997.) Interestingly, Adlai Stevenson's cousin James Ewing was a US ambassador to Belgium.

Tempelsman bio / Harvard AIDS Institute
Brokaw / Mother Jones 1997

"...I learnt from formerly secret State department documents that Tempelsman's office in Ghana had been close to the CIA as far back as 1957. I discovered that he had advance knowledge of a coup attempt that year against Ghana's first elected leader, Nkrumah. The coup leader had in fact contacted the U.S. Government through Tempelsman's diamond trading office rather than through the U.S. Embassy, after that plot misfired... This quasi government role has long been retained by Tempelsman. Nearly forty years later Tempelsman's relatively small private diamond business was able to offer the Russian govenrment $4 billion of U.S. government funds in 1994 - a few weeks after he had hosted on his yacht Bill Clinton..." (Chapter 8. The Private Agent. From "The Diamond Investigation, " by Janine Farrell-Roberts.)

The Private Agent / Farrell-Roberts

"Africa: U.S. covert action exposed," by Eric Ture Muhammad. Final Call April 25 2001. Says that Tempelsman has "helped to shape practically every major covert action in Africa since the early 1950s," naming Congo, Sierra Leone, Angola, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Rwanda and Ghana.

Muhammad / CorpWatch 2001

Harvard School of Public Health

Deeda Blair is on the Dean's Council of the Harvard Public Health Review of the Harvard School of Public Health.

Harvard Public Health Review 1999

Deeda Blair in Washington, DC Society

Blair is on the "A" List of the Washington Life Social List for 2000, but only made the "B" List in 2001. In 2002 she's back on the "A" list.

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

"The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship Luncheon brought corporate executives, activists, and cancer survivors together to honor Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan... Richard Klausner, M.D., the Director of the National Cancer Institute, introduced Queen Noor, who spoke about how life has been forever affected by the disease..." With photograph of Deeda Blair with Abigail Trafford of the Washington Post. A Lunch Fit for a Queen. Washington Life Magazine 1999 Nov;9(3).

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship Luncheon / Washington Life 1999

The Chicago Historical Society

Givenchy's 'Timeless Elegance' on display, by Catherine Fitzpatrick. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 21, 1996. "... Givenchy created the ensemble in the 1970s for Chicago native Catherine Gerlach Blair, one of the major donors of the exhibit. Her husband, William McCormick Blair Jr., had been a US ambassador to the Philippines."

Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center

Mrs. William M. Blair Jr., of Washington DC, was a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee of Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, circa 1987. Mrs. Wolfgang K. Joklik, whose husband was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Council for Tobacco Research, was also a member. (Pages 35-36.)

Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, ca. 1987 / UCSF (pdf, 39 pp)

William McCormick Blair Jr.

William McCormick Blair Sr. (Skull & Bones 1907) founded William Blair & Co. LLC in 1935 as Blair, Bonner & Co., in Chicago; Bonner left in 1941. They were the original financiers of Household Finance Corp. and CNA Insurance in the 1930s. Blair Jr. graduated from Groton in 1935, and Leland Stanford University in 1940. He also attended the University of Virginia law school. "In World War II he was a captain in Air Force Intelligence in the China-Burma-India theater. He left the Chicago law firm of Wilson & McIlvane in 1950 to join Stevenson's staff." (Stevenson, Spurning Ghost Writers, Has Staff of Experts. Washington Post, Jul. 27, 1952.) Adlai Stevenson got the Democratic presidential nomination after W. Averell Harriman, Skull & Bones 1913, withdrew. (Nominate Gov. Stevenson. Chicago Daily Tribune, Jul. 26, 1952.)

"Paul, Weiss, Rifkin, Wharton & Garrison... Partners from the Chicago office, which is no longer in existence, were the following: Adlai Stevenson, U.N., Willard Wirtz, Labor Department; Newton Minow, chairman of the FCC; and William McCormick Blair, ambassador to Denmark. After Paul's death and Stevenson's departure, what was left of the Washington office was merged into the Washington firm of Arnold, Fortas and Porter..." Clients included Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. and Young & Rubicam International, Inc. The source given for this is the book, Lions in the Street; the Inside Story of the Great Law Firms, by Paul Hoffman (1973).

William McCormick Blair Jr. was an associate of Democratic Presidential candidate Adlai E. Stevenson III in his campaign, his law practice and while Stevenson was US ambassador to the United Nations. Blair was the US Ambassador to Denmark from 1961 to 1964, and "Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary" (Chief of Mission) to the Philippines from 1964 to 1967. Blair was also active with Stevenson in the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies, a pro-intervention group that colluded with British intelligence.

Adlai E. Stevenson Papers / Princeton University
Ambassadors to the Philippines / US State Dept.
Blair memoir abstract / University of Illinois at Springfield

Oral history interview of Judge Carl McGowen, a member of Stevenson's staff during his term as Governor of Illinois from 1949-52, by Jerry N. Hess:

HESS: Mr. Bill Blair, Willaim McCormick Blair, what was his job?

MCGOWEN: Well, Bill was usually referred to as appointments secretary. He sort of handled appointments and arrangements, and that kind of thing, very heavily. He did some other things too of a more substantive nature, but basically he was the man you called if you wanted to see the Governor, make an appointment with the Governor.

The Governor, of course, had to go back and forth to that Chicago office a lot, so Bill was always with him, because they -- he'd need somebody up there to handle the calls about appointments in the Chicago office and make appointments and doing this and doing that. So Bill was very much, a very close, personal assistant of that -- primarily of that character and he was very good at it. He performed a very important function and the Governor had a high opinion of Bill's capabilities and also his judgment about people was very important, you know, when you're sort of a shield or intermediary between...

HESS: When you're guarding the door.

McGowen Oral History Interview / Truman Library

"Family and Friends of Adlai Stevenson to Speak at Princeton University" (Princeton University Office of Communications, Jan. 28, 2000). These included William McCormick Blair, Jr.; historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., who worked on Stevenson's campaigns and served in the White House under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson; Willard Wirtz, the Undersecretary and Secretary of Labor in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and one of Stevenson's law partners; and Newton N. Minow, another law partner, who served in Stevenson's administration in Illinois and worked on his campaigns; and later became chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and the Rand Corporation.

Family and Friends of Adlai Stevenson / Princeton University

Blair was chosen by Mary Lasker to serve on the Yarborough Committee to ramrod the 1971 National Cancer Act through Congress.

Cancer Crusade, p 85 / National Academy Press

Former Secretary of Labor Willard Wirtz and William McC. Blair Jr. defend the memory of their former law partner, Adlai Stevenson. (The Stevenson Appeal, the Washington Post, Nov. 20, 1999.)

Wirtz & Blair / Washington Post 1999

Possible relative: Karen K. Gerlach

Karen K. Gerlach is a Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who is responsible for several of RWJF's anti-tobacco programs.

Michael E. Malinowski, US Ambassador to Nepal and former Ambassador to the Philippines and a number of other countries, including as Deputy to the President's Envoy to the Afghan Resistance in Pakistan. He has been married to a Karen Gerlach since 1975. "He worked as a social worker and teacher in Chicago before joining the Foreign Service in 1976."

Malinowski bio / US State Department

Possible relative: Paul V. Gerlach

Gerlach was with the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1988 to 2000. He was a speaker at a 1998 conference on "Health Risks and Health Claims in the News and in the Courts" with Leon Gordis and Stanton Glantz, held at Cantigny, the estate of Robert R. McCormick, the former publisher of the Chicago Tribune and cousins of the McCormick Blairs. Gerlach joined Newton Minow's law fim, Sidley & Austin (now Sidley Austin Brown & Wood).

Gerlach / SEC Digest March 17, 2000
FACS reply to Steve Milloy /

Possible relative: James C. Blair

From Blair's bio at Domain Associates: "Mr. Blair has been a General Partner of Domain Associates since its founding in 1985, and he has been a principal partner in the U.S. Venture Capital Advisor to Biotechnology Investments Limitied (now 3i Biotechnology Investment Trust) since that fund commenced operations in 1981. Mr. Blair has over 30 years experience with venture and emerging growth companies. In the course of this experience, he has been involved in the creation and successful development of over thirty life sciences ventures, including Amgen, Aurora Biosciences, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Applied Biosystems, Cytovia (acquired by Maxim Pharmaceuticals), Dura Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Elan), Molecular Dynamics (acquired by Amersham Pharmacia Biotech), Trega Biosciences, and Vista Medical. A former managing director of Rothschild Inc., Mr. Blair was directly involved at a senior level with Rothschild/New Court venture capital activities from 1978 to 1985. From 1969 to 1978, he was associated with F.S. Smithers and Co., two investment banking firms actively involved with new ventures and emerging growth companies. From 1961 to 1969, Mr. Blair was an engineering manager with RCA Corporation, during which time he received a David Sarnoff Fellowship. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Cancer Research Institute and CapCure, and he is on the Advisory Board of the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University." [White, Weld & Co. merged with Merrill Lynch in 1978; Paine Webber acquired FS Smithers & Co. in 1973. Arthur J. Klausner is another Domain Associates general partner. His relationship to the former Director of the National Cancer Institute, Richard Klausner, is not stated. And Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, whose first campaign for Congress in 1962 was managed by Edgar Jannotta of William Blair & Co., and who was a senior advisor to that firm from 1985-1990, is a former director of Amylin.]

Blair bio / Domain Associates
Professional Staff / Domain Associates

Blair is also on the Boards of Directors of Conforma Therapeutics and Xcel Pharmaceuticals Ivor Royston, founding President of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (1990) and Clinton appointee to the National Cancer Advisory Board is also on the board of Conforma.

Board of Directors / Conforma Therapeutics
Board of Directors / Xcel Pharmaceuticals

James C. Blair made the 2002 edition of Genetic Engineering News' 100 Molecular Millionaires with $57,160,114. Research!America director J. Morton Davis' son-in-law Lindsay A. Rosenwald was number one with $617,421,671. Several directors of ImClone, a company under investigation for misleading investors and insider trading, made the list as well: Samuel D. Waksal, $122,943,676; Harlan W. Waksal, $98,714,317, and John Mendelsohn, $12,356,531. Mendelsohn is Charles A. LeMaistre's successor as President of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and a former director of Enron. Longtime Lasker crony Gilbert Omenn made the list with $18,977,709.

2002 Molecular Millionaires / Genetic Engineering News

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