Schmidt bio in "Cancer Crusade: The Story of the National Cancer Act of 1971," by Richard A. Rettig (Joseph Henry Press, 1977). "Rockefeller was instrumental in choosing Benno C. Schmidt for the panel. Around 1960, Schmidt had joined the board of trustees of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at the request of [Laurance] Rockefeller, but was relatively inactive until 1965. He then became actively involved with Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, first as a member of the board of trustees and chairman of the executive committee, and by 1970 as chairman of the board. He also became a member of the board of the Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Institute....
"Schmidt, a lawyer, had been a partner since 1946 of J.H. Whitney & Co., a New York investment firm, and managing partner since 1959. Much to the surprise of his staff, [Sen.] Ralph Yarborough knew this New York lawyer-businessman. Schmidt was born in Abilene, Texas, in 1909, had attended the University of Texas, and had received both the A.B. and the L.L.B. degrees in 1936. Yarborough, who had a law practice in Abilene at the time, had taught in the Texas Law School and Schmidt had been in his class....
"But Schmidt was a Republican and his ties to Texas were to Yarborough's political opponents. Schmidt was a friend of John Connally, former governor of Texas, whom he had taught in law school. The conservative Connally wing of the Democratic party in Texas constituted the sworn enemy of the liberal Yarborough wing. Lloyd Bentsen, who defeated Yarborough for the Senate Democratic nomination in 1970, was a Connally Democrat. Schmidt was also close to George Bush, who, as the Republican candidate, ran unsuccessfully against Bentsen for the Senate in 1970...." However, these political differences were put aside, and Schmidt was chosen to chair the Yarborough panel.
"He had worked for the general counsel of the War Production Board in 1941-42. Then, after three years as a colonel in the U.S. Army, he returned to Washington as general counsel to the foreign liquidation commission of the economic division of the State Department." He had also been chairman of the board of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Development and Services Corporation, established by Robert F. Kennedy; and chairman of the Ford Foundation's Fund for the City of New York.Schmidt - Cancer Crusade, p. 86 / National Academy Press, 1977
In 1967, Schmidt was a citizen participant of the Advisory Board of the Metropolitan New York Regional Medical Program, District 25, Yonkers, along with Mary Lasker and Benjamin Buttenweiser of Kuhn, Loeb & Co. (who was a trustee of Lenox Hill Hospital during 1968-72). ASH founder and AHF research director George James, then Health Commissioner of the City of New York, was on the Advisory Committee.NY Metropolitan RMP / National Library of Medicine (pdf, 9pp)
Former President George H.W. Bush was part of the Lasker network: "Schmidt gave a copy of the 'summary and recommendations' to George Bush, then U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, just before Thanksgiving. Bush was asked to pass this portion of the report on to the president so he would have it prior to the panel's presentation. The ambassador did convey the 'summary and recommendations' to John Ehrlichman, President Nixon's principal advisor on domestic policy, with the request that Ehrlichman transmit it to the president."Schmidt - Cancer Crusade, p. 122 / National Academy Press, 1977
Schmidt was chairman of the President's Cancer Panel in 1975, and ex officio member of the President's Panel on Biomedical Research. (FASEB Newsletter, Mach 1975.)President's Panels, FASEB Newsletter 1975 / tobacco document
Sir Richard Doll's award from the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation: "Some 'old friends' on the committee which picked Doll, by the way, include: Jonathan Rhoads, Benno Schmidt, Lauren Ackerman, LaSalle Leffall, Brian MacMahon, Lewis Thomas, and Arthur Upton." (Memo from Knopick to William Kloepfer Jr., Tobacco Institute SVP of Public Relations, May 2, 1979.)Knopick to Kloepfer, 1979 / tobacco document
The Advisory Committee of the Symposium on Cancer, presented by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society, Sep. 14-18, 1980, included Laurance S. Rockefeller, Chairman of the Board of MSKCC; Benno C. Schmidt, Chairman of the Board of Memorial Hospital; James D. Robinson III, Vice Chairman of the Board of Memorial Hospital; Lane W. Adams, Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society; Frank J. Rauscher, the ACS's Senior Vice President for Research; and NCI Director Vincent DeVita. The Program Committee included future AHF trustee Jerome J. DeCosse; Mathilde Krim; LaSalle D. Leffall, then immediate past president of the American Cancer Society, who shortly became a trustee of the AHF; and Frank J. Rauscher. Other participants included Sir Richard Doll ("The Interphase Between Epidemiology and Cancer Control"); Arthur C. Upton; Alfred G. Knudson (CTR 1986-94); John Weisburger, longtime research director of the AHF; R. Lee Clark and his assistant, Joseph Painter; and former Rep. Paul G. Rogers.International Symposium on Cancer, 1980 / tobacco document
Schmidt retired as chairman of the board of overseers of Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 1990. His wife, Nancy, was also a
member of its board. Pat Buckley (Mrs. William F. Buckley) and Nan Kempner were chairwomen of the
benefit in his honor. (Benefits for Cancer and a Harlem School. New
York Times, June 3, 1990.)
Benno Schmidt was a director of CBS during the 1980s. Betsey Cushing, a sister of CBS Chairman William S. Paley's second wife, Barbara (Babe), was married to Jock Whitney. Franklin Thomas, President of the Ford Foundation and a director of CBS and Cummins Engine Company, was close to Jock Whitney as well, and Schmidt and Paley had invested in Thomas's Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in the 1960s. CBS director Henry Schacht, the chairman of Cummins Engine Company, was another of Thomas's cronies. (In All His Glory. The Life of William S. Paley. By Sally Bedell Smith. Simon and Schuster, 1990.) Babe Cushing Paley's death from lung cancer was featured in Congressional anti-smoking hearings in 1983. Edson Spencer, the CEO of Honeywell Inc. from 1974 to 1988, who manufactured anti-smoking "clean air" propaganda, was a director of CBS from 1985 until CBS merged with Westinghouse in 1997.
In 1935, officers and directors of the Freeport Texas Company
included John Hay Whitney,
chairman (19,850 common); Langbourne M.
Williams Jr., president (1,000 common); Eugene L. Norton, chairman;
Monro B. Lanier, vice president (800 common); David M. Goodrich (2,500
common); Godfrey S. Rockefeller (2,600 common); Chauncey D. Stillman
(7,100 common); and Frank A. Wills, director (3,600 common). Kidder,
Peabody & Co. held 4,728 common and 100 preferred. (78,196 Paid in
Year to Grover Whalen. New York Times, May 7, 1935.) Its name was
changed to Freeport Sulphur Company the next year. (Freeport Texas Co.
Changes Its Name. New York Times, Dec. 10, 1936.) The Cuban-American
Manganese Corporation was a subsidiary. M.B. Gentry, who joined
Freeport Sulphur in 1935 as assistant to the president, was elected a
vice president in 1940. He was a mining engineer who developed the
Anaconda Copper Mining Company's Chuquicamata Mine in Chile. (Elected a
Vice President Of Freeport Sulphur Co. New York Times, Dec. 27, 1940.)
"Significantly, Freeport-McMoRan, back when it was Freeport
Sulphur, positively heaved with CIA and elite heavy-hitters--not to
mention persistent whispers of its involvement in the recovery of
plundered gold stashed in Indonesia, where Freeport had the world's
largest copper mining operation. Over the years, the Freeport senior
management has included such luminaries as Augustus 'Gus' Long,
Chairman of Texaco, who did 'prodigious volunteer work for Columbia Presbyterian Hospital'--which has
been described as a 'hotbed of CIA activity'. Another director was
Robert Lovett, who has been described as a 'Cold War architect' and was
once an executive at the old Wall Street bank of Brown Brothers
Harriman. He also served as an Under Secretary of State, Assistant
Secretary of War and Secretary of Defense. He was a best friend of
Chase Manhattan Bank Chairman (and Warren Commission member) John J.
McCloy. The Chase Manhattan and Citibank connection to
Freeport was further enhanced by the board appointment of Godfrey
Rockefeller, brother of James Stillman Rockefeller who was appointed
Chairman of Citibank (then known as First National City Bank, or FNCB
for short) in 1959. (Note, too, that Chase Manhattan and Citibank are
the exact same two banks that were to issue the Project Hammer
documentary letters of credit.) Godfrey Rockefeller was a one-time
trustee of the Fairfield Foundation that financed a variety of CIA
'fronts'. Meanwhile, Stillman's cousin, David Rockefeller, was Chairman
of Chase Manhattan and regarded as the 'goliath of American banking'.
By a strange coincidence of fate, it was Robert Lovett and John J.
McCloy who, together with Robert B. Anderson, formed Secretary of War
Henry L. Stimson's team of
financial experts concerned with tracking
WWII gold looted by the Axis powers. Indeed, Lovett and McCloy were
responsible for negotiating the secret agreement hidden behind the
Bretton Woods Agreement concerning the establishment of the Black Eagle
trust that was to make use of plundered WWII bullion in the postwar
years." (Project Hammer Reloaded. By David G. Guyatt. Nexus Magazine
Aug.-Sep. 2003;10(5 ).)
Langbourne Meade Williams Jr. was married to Elizabeth Goodrich
Stillman, sister of Chauncey Devereux Stillman, daughter of
Charles Chauncey Stillman and granddaughter of James Stillman of the
National City Bank, and a niece of Percy A. Rockefeller and Mrs.
Rockefeller. He attended the University of Virginia.
(Elizabeth Stillman Engaged to Marry. New York
Times, Apr. 15, 1930.) He was a boyhood friend of Buford Scott
of Scott & Stringfellow, who was a director of P. Lorillard Tobacco
Co., and they and a third friend were all married the same week. (3
Richmond Chums to Wed. New York Times, Sep. 11, 1930.) "Mr. Williams
Sr. occupied an important position
in the social world of Virginia and in the financial world of the
nation. Born in Virginia on Sep. 12, 1872, he was descended on his
paternal side from Col. John Dandridge, father of Martha Washington,
and on his maternal side from Edmund Randolph, Attorney General in
Washington's cabinet." His father, John Langbourne, established the
Richmond investment banking firm of John L. Williams & Sons. His
brother, John Skelton Williams, was a partner until leaving to be
Controller of the Currency in the Wilson administration. Williams Sr.
led a successful fight to oust E.P. Swenson from Freeport Texas
Company, and Williams Jr. was installed as vice president and
treasurer. (L.M. Williams Dies; Virginia Financier. New York Times,
Apr. 3, 1931.) John L. Williams & Sons was the largest stockholder
of Freeport Texas. John Tyler "Ty" Claiborne Jr., who was an usher at
Williams Jr.'s wedding and his advisor in the proxy contest, was the
principle securities analyst at Lee Higginson & Co. and he
recruited John Hay Whitney. (Along the Highways and Byways of Finance.
By Robert E. Bedingfield. New York Times, Apr. 18, 1954.) Williams
graduated from the University of Virginia in 1924, and received a
masters degree in business administration from Harvard two years later.
He worked at Lee, Higginson in New York fpr a year before returning to
investment firm. He became chairman as well as president of Freeport in
1957, after Whitney resigned to be ambassador to Great Britain. He was
a governor of New York Hospital from 1941 to 1961, then an honorary
governor until his death. (Langbourne Williams Is Dead; Retired
Businessman Was 91. By John Holusha. New York Times, Sep. 14, 1994.)
Williams was a trustee of the Bank of New York, and a director of the Sulphur Export Co., B.F. Goodrich Co., and United States Guarantee Co. (On Board of Bank of New York. New York Times, Apr. 16, 1941.) He was elected to the board of governors of the Society of the New York Hospital, which operated the New York Hospital and affiliates, including Cornell University Medical College. (On Hospital Board. New York Times, Sep. 12, 1941.) He succeeded James W. Husted [son of U.S. Rep.James W. Husted, Skull & Bones 1892], as secretary. (New Secretary of Society Of the New York Hospital. New York Times, Nov. 13, 1946.) It acquired land for the construction of a new building of the Hospital for Special Surgury. Stanhope Bayne-Jones, Skull & Bones 1910, was president of the joint administrative board of the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. ($400,000 Paid Over For Hospital Site. New York Times, Feb. 27, 1951.) Mrs. Williams, Vassar 1927, was treasurer of the board of managers of the Bellevue Schools of Nursing, a member of the board of the Young Women's Christian Association, and a trustee of Vassar College. Mrs. Morris Hadley, wife of S&B 1916, was chairman of the board. (Leader in Welfare Here Elected Vassar Trustee. New York Times, Oct. 13, 1952; Mrs. Langbourne Williams Dead at 51; Welfare Worker Headed Junior League. New York Times, Nov. 27, 1956.)
In 1948, W. Averell
Harriman, S&B 1913, who was
ambassador-at-large to Western Europe of the ECA, named Williams a member
of his Paris headquarters staff, Alfred Friendly as public relations
officer. (Finletter Appointed. New York Times, May 20, 1948.) He was to
be a member of the New York City Committee of the Episcopal Church
Foundation, headed by Harry M. Addinsell, appointed by Presiding Bishop
Henry Knox. Other members were Prescott
S. Bush, S&B 1917; Pierpont V. Davis; Russell E. Dill; Gayer G.
Dominick, S&B 1909; Jackson A. Dykman; William B. Given Jr.; Eugene W. Stetson; Edwin
S.S. Sunderland; Walter C. Teagle; and George Whitney. (Accepts City
Leadership Of Episcopal Foundation. New York Times, Dec. 8, 1950.)
Circa 1967, Williams was a trustee of the Virginia Institute for
Scientific Research, founded in 1948, along with H. Rupert Hanmer,
former vice president of research of the
American Tobacco Co. His boyhood friend, Buford Scott, was a
The founder of the Institute, Professor of Chemistry Allen T.
Gwathmey of the University of Virginia, had been an usher at Langbourne
Williams' wedding in 1930. His lifelong research interest was the
suface properties of crystals. Gwathmey died in 1963.
Godfrey Stillman Rockefeller was the the grandson of John D. Rockefeller's brother William, and a son of William Goodsell Rockefeller, Yale 1892, whose cousin B. Brewster Jennings was the president of Memorial Hospital from 1958-68. (William Goodsell Rockefeller, B.A. 1892. Bulletin of Yale University. Obituary Record of Yale Graduates 1922-1923, pp. 173-174.) He was a member of Scroll & Key. ("Tap Day" at Yale Finds New Society Selecting Members. Chicago Daily Tribune, May 22, 1920.) His aunt, Emma Rockefeller, married Dr. D. Hunter McAlpin, the son of the head of the D.H. McAlpin & Co. tobacco firm in 1895, while his cousin, Joan Rockefeller, married David H. McAlpin, the grandson of Dr. McAlpin., in 1953. (Joan Rockefeller Becomes Engaged. New York Times, Nov. 17, 1952; Joan Rockefeller Wed in Greenwich. New York Times, Jun. 14, 1953.) Godfrey Rockefeller was elected a director of Benson & Hedges in 1946. (Other Company Meetings. New York Times, Apr. 12, 1946.) He exchanged his shares for those of Philip Morris in 1954. (Letter from Joseph Cullman to Rockefeller, Jan. 18, 1954.)Obituary Record 1922-1923 / Yale University Library (pdf, 385 pp)
Godfrey S. Rockefeller was on the board of directors of Freeport McMoRan for 50 years. He and his cousin Chauncey D. Stillman were elected together (Freeport Texas Elects 2 to Board. New York Times, Dec. 22, 1931.) He graduated from Yale in 1921, and two classmates in Skull & Bones 1921, Charles Harvey Bradley and John Sidney Acosta, were ushers at his wedding; also Henry Mali, John French, Richardson Dilworth [both Scroll & Key 1921], and his brothers, William A. and J. Stillman Rockefeller. Frederick W. Lincoln was his best man, and his uncle, Percy A. Rockefeller, S&B 1900, attended. (Miss Gratz a Bride. New York Times, Jun. 27 1923.) His wife, Helen Gratz, was from St. Louis, Missouri, and Mrs. Prescott S. Bush of Columbus, Ohio, formerly Dorothy Walker of St. Louis, was supposed to have been an attendant (G.S. Rockefeller to Marry June 26. New York Times, Jun. 7, 1923.) Helen Gratz was the daughter of Benjamin Gratz. (Society. New York Times, May 6, 1923.) Mrs. Rockefeller was president of the Research In Schizophrenia Endowment (RISE), whose activists included Sen. Prescott S. Bush, Mrs. Prescott S. Bush Jr., and Dr. John Walker, S&B 1931, president of the board of managers of Memorial Hospital in New York City from 1965 to 1974. (Greenwich Fete May 4 to Aid Reasearch in Schizophrenia. New York Times, Apr. 24, 1960.) Mrs. Rockefeller also raised funds for the National Association for Mental Health, with Mrs. Albert D. Lasker as a member of her committee. (New Year's Ball Will Take Place In Grand Central. New York Times, Dec. 9, 1963.)
Godfrey S. Rockefeller was a limited partner in Clark, Dodge &
Company from 1936 to at least 1945. (Display Ad. 36. New York Times,
Jan. 1, 1936 p. 43; Display Ad 194. New York Times, Aug. 9, 1945.) He
was a stockholder in the Enterprise Development Corporation, a closed
investment trust of heirs of William Rockefeller and Thomas F. Ryan,
whose directors included Clendenin J. Ryan, Frederic W. Lincoln, and Morehead Patterson, S&B
1920. (Trust to Supply Venture Capital. New
York Times, Mar. 31, 1948.) He was chairman of the
Cranston Print Works, a Rockefeller-owned textile company, since 1946.
(Godfrey S. Rockefeller, Dies; Executive in Textiles Was 83. New York
Times, Feb. 25, 1983.) David
H. McAlpin 3d was also a partner of Clark, Dodge & Co. during
"Certainly the real monarch of George Bush's Andover secret society, and George's sponsor, was this "Rocky's" father, 'Godfrey S. Rockefeller.' The latter gentleman had been on the staff of the Yale University establishment in China in 1921-22. Yale and the Rockefellers were breeding a grotesque communist insurgency with British Empire ideology; another Yale staffer there was Mao Zedong, later the communist dictator and mass murderer. While he was over in China, Papa Godfrey's cousin Isabel had been the bridesmaid at the wedding of George Bush's parents." (Excerpt from George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography - Part 2 of 8.)George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography / Internetpirate.com
Charles Albert Wight of Chicopee Falls, Mass. was tapped for Scroll
& Key by Henry Julian Mali. (Tap Day Exercises Are Held At Yale.
New York Times, May 20, 1921.) He married Elizabeth Boardman Mosle.
Anne McDowell Shiras of Pittsburgh was her maid of honor, and Lesta
Ford, Elizabeth Ives, Katharine
and Harriet D. Price of New York; Olivia Fountain of Scarsdale, and
Lois Coffin of Winnetka, Ill. were the bridesmaids. (Miss Mosle Weds
Charles A. Wight. New York Times, Oct. 27, 1925.) Her father, A. Henry Mosle, graduated
from Yale in 1889 and Harvard Law School in 1892, and was a partner in
the law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle since 1897,
and a member of board of trustees of Lenox Hill Hospital since 1912.
Her grandfather, George R. Mosle, was one of the founders of the
hospital in 1857. Her mother was Cornelia Elizabeth Boardman (A. Henry
Mosle, Lawyer, 90, Dies. New York Times, May 30,
1957), whose parents were Henry W. and Sarah Taintor Boardman of
Cleveland. (Died. New York Tribune, Nov. 13, 1905.) Augustus H. Mosle
was elected to Scroll and Key. (Yale Senior
Elections. New York Times, May 25, 1888.) Mrs. Mosle was the
great-granddaughter of U.S. Sen. Elijah Boardman of Connecticut. (Mrs.
A. Henry Mosle. New York Times, Nov. 9, 1963.)
A. Henry Mosle's brother, George
Rudolf Mosle, Scroll & Key 1886, was born in Bremen, Germany. He
was with Mosle Brothers, commission, shipping and importing merchants
in New York City, from 1886 until 1922, when he retired to live in
California. He married Kingsley
Kunhardt's sister, Katherine, in 1891. (Obituary Record of
Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year 1940-1941, p.
30.) Another brother, Charles F. Mosle,
Yale 1897, an architect, was in the office of James Gamble Rogers [Sr., S&K 1889]
from 1912-25. Their mother was Caroline Dunscomb of Quebec, Canada, and
Harris D. Colt (Yale 1884) and Richard C. Colt (Yale 1885) were
cousins. (Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased
during the Year 1946-1947, p. 40.)
Charles A. Wight was a vice president of the Bankers
Trust Company and head of its London office from 1931 to 1935. He
joined Freeport Sulphur in 1948 as a director and chairman of its
executive committee. He was president from 1958 to 1961 and vice
chairman from 1961 until retiring in 1964. (Charles A. Wight, 73,
Mineral Firm Aide. New York Times, Mar. 30, 1972.) He was
elected to the board of Freeport Sulphur in 1947. He was also a
Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. and McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., Inc.
(Banker Elected to Board Of Freeport Sulphur Co. New York Times, Sep.
26, 1947.) In 1950, he was chairman of the executive council of
Sulfur Company, and vice chairman of the 1950 United Hospital Fund
Campaign under O. Parker McComas,
the president of Philip Morris. Both were trustees of Lenox Hill
Hospital, and Wight was treasurer. Wight was also a director of the
Grumman Aircraft Engineering Company and McGraw-Hill Publishing
Company. (Appointed Vice Chairman Of Hospital Fund's Drive. New York
Times, Sep 11, 1950.) His father was Rev. Charles Albert Wight, Yale
1882, who was a pastor at churches in Michigan, Kansas, Missouri,
Wisconsin, Maine, and Massachusetts. (Obituary Record of Graduates of
Yale, 1910-1915, p. 818.) Charles A. Wight Jr. married Dorothy Vernon
Ruxton, a granddaughter of Mrs. George L. Nichols.
Benno Schmidt was a director of Freeport McMoRan Inc. from 1954 until 1997, when he retired and was named chairman emeritus. (Schmidt's bio also lists him as having been a director of Gilead Sciences Inc., where former AHF Trustee and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had been a director since 1988.) Other directors of Freeport McMoRan have included Robert W. Bruce III, president of The Robert Bruce Management Co. investment managers (1989 to the present); former presidential advisor Henry A. Kissinger (1988-1995); George Putnam, chairman of The Putnam Investment Management Co.; and also J. Taylor Wharton, chairman of the Department of Gynecology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Chancellor of the University of Texas System William H. Cunningham.Freeport McMoRan 1994 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission
In the 1960s and 70s, Jean Mauze, the husband of Abbey Rockefeller, benefactor of the Memorial Center for Cancer and Allied Diseases attack on tobacco, was a director of Freeport Sulfur. (Freeport Sulfur's Powerful Board of Directors; Real History Archive.com; and $10,000,000 Asked in Cancer Attack, by William L. Laurence. New York Times, March 9, 1954.)Freeport Sulfur's Powerful Board of Directors / Real History Archive.com
Between 1969 and 1972, Robert C. Hills, the President of Freeport Sulphur, and Charles A. Wight, its retired Vice Chairman, were trustees of Lenox Hill Hospital, whose Chairman expressed the gratitude of its Board of Trustees to the Council for Tobacco Research for funding the work of Sheldon Sommers. Sommers was later a member of the CTR's Scientific Advisory Board. Other trustees of Lenox Hill included Benjamin J. Buttenweiser, Limited Partner, and Thomas E. Dewey, Jr., Partner of Kuhn, Loeb & Co.; and Honorary Life Trustee John J. McCloy, then Chairman of the Salk Institute, whose trustees engaged in assorted anti-smoking activism.
Paul W. Douglas was the President, CEO, and Chairman of the
Executive Committee of Freeport Minerals Company (1975-81) and Freeport
McMoRan (1981-83); also Chairman of The Pittston Corp. 1984-91, and a
director of Phelps Dodge Corp. from 1983-1999. He was elected to the
board of directors of Philip Morris
when Mary Woodard Lasker's stepson,
Edward Lasker, retired in 1980, and was on the board of Philip
Morris until 1995. Paul W. Douglas was the son 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 warnings in
cigarette advertising. His son, Philip Le Breton Douglas, married
Elizabeth S. Kean, the niece of anti-smoker Gov. Thomas
H. Kean of New Jersey. (Elizabeth S. Kean Affianced. New York
Times, Dec. 12, 1982.)
Schmidt was a director of Genetics Institute Inc. from 1980 until it was acquired by American Home Products. James G. Andress joined the board in 1991; Fred Hassan, later the President and CEO of Pharmacia-Upjohn during its "partnership" in the World Health Organization's Tobacco Free Initiative, joined the board in 1992; and former American Health Foundation Trustee and NHLBI director Robert I. Levy, who was president of AHP's pharmaceutics division, joined the board in 1994.Genetics Institute Inc. 1996 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission
Schmidt assisted in the Office of Technology Assessment project on "Technology Transfer at the National Institutes of Health" in 1982. Other participants included David Baltimore, Lester Breslow, Sir Richard Doll, Maureen Henderson, Joshua Lederberg, Arthur Upton, and Ernst Wynder.OTA - Technology Transfer / Princeton University
Schmidt was a director since 1989 and retired as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, March 26, 1997. "'Benno Schmidt was instrumental in the founding and early financing of Vertex,' commented Dr. Joshua Boger, President and CEO of Vertex." Charles A. Sanders, the former general director of Massachusetts General Hospital, emeritus director of Research!America and principal of the Washington Advisory Group, was named to the Vertex board on Dec. 12, 1996. (Mr. Benno C. Schmidt Retires as Vertex's Chairman of the Board of Directors, March 26, 1997. Vertex press release March 26, 1997.)Schmidt Retires, 1997 / Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Benno Schmidt, Walter Cronkite, and Arthur G. Altschul Sr. were honorary chairs of St. Bernard's School's fundraising campaign, circa 1999?. Altschul was a director of General American Investors since 1954, and chairman since 1961, until he retired in 1995. He was the son of Mary Lasker's friend, Frank Altschul.
Benno C. Schmidt Sr. died in October 1999 at the age of 86.Benno C. Schmidt Sr. obit / St. Bernard's School
Schmidt's son, Benno C. Schmidt Jr. was the president of Yale University from 1986 to 1992. "During his presidency, Yale's endowment grew from $1.7 billion to nearly $3 billion, the highest rate of growth among the major endowed private universities in this country.... Before joining Yale, Benno was the dean of Columbia University Law School where in 1973 he became, at age 29, one of the youngest tenured professors in Columbia's history." Another story of the remarkable success of people with the right connections.Benno C. Schmidt Jr. bio / Edison Schools
Schmidt has been chairman of the board of Edison Schools (a private school franchise sort of like an educational McDonalds) since 1997. Cheryl Wilhoyte, Madison, Wisconsin's former Superintendent of Schools from 1992 to 1998, joined the company as Executive Vice President in 1998. Deborah M. McGriff, Milwaukee's former Deputy Superintendent of Schools, was Executive Vice President of Development. Joan Ganz Cooney, founder of the Children's Television Workshop, became a director in 2000.Edison Schools 1999 Form S-1 / Securities and Exchange Commission
Benno Schmidt Sr.'s son John Reed Schmidt is evidently named after
his crony from Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Philip Morris director John Shepard Reed. He was a senior production
associate with ABC News Closeup in New York, and a graduate Yale
University."The bride, who will keep her name, is an associate with the
New York law firm of Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine. She
graduated cum laude from Yale University and received her degree from
the Northeastern Law School. Her father is a physician in West
Hartford." (Wendy Frances Conway Marries John R. Schmidt. New York
Times, May 22, 1983.)