The John D. Twiname Page

Twiname was Director of the Naylor Dana Institute between May 1978 and February 1982, and Executive Vice President of the American Health Foundation in December 1981.

Twiname graduated from Harvard Business School in 1957, then worked 12 years at American Hospital Supply Corporation, eventually as Vice President of Marketing. "In 1969, he was appointed to head the federal government's welfare and social services programs, and later the restructuring of hospital reimbursement methodology. From 1974-78 he was president of a human services consulting firm before being recruited to New York City to manage the American Health Foundation, a research and education center for preventive medicine. John enrolled in Union Theological Seminary in 1981 and, after graduation, joined with his wife in developing The HealthCare Chaplaincy..." He has been Acting Senior Minister of the Congregational Church of Green's Farms in Westport, CT, since 2001.

Twiname bio / Congregational Church of Green's Farms

Re President Nixon's administrative shuffle: " ...Surgeon Gen'l Jesse L. Steinfeld, MD quit & so did Vernon Wilson, MD, head of Health Services & Mental Health Administration. Meanwhile, it was announced that Frank Carlucci, former Director of Office of Economic Opportunity has been chosen to succeed John Veneman as HEW Undersec'y. John Twiname, chief of HEW's Social Rehabilitation Service that administers Medicaid, has also quit." Also news about other Nixon administration officials including FDA Commissioner (and future AHF Trustee) Charles C. Edwards, and Assistant Secretary for Health Merlin K. Duval; and "James R. Kimmey, MD, Executive Director of American Public Health Assn, has resigned to join staff of Wisconsin Gov. Patrick J. Lucey as special ass't for health policy." (Medical News Report 1973 Jan 8:5(1). Ken David, editor; FJL Blasingame, publisher.)

Medical News Report, 1973 / UCSF-Legacy

"Dear John: On behalf of the people of Philip Morris, I am delighted to send you this unrestricted contribution for the important work of the American Health Foundation. It comes with the best wishes of all of us. Best personal regards. Cordially, James C. Bowling." Bowling was Senior Vice President of Philip Morris from 1977 to 1984. (Letter to John D. Twiname, Managing Director of the AHF, Dec. 18, 1978.)

Bowling to Twiname, 1978 / UCSF-Legacy

Rev. John Twiname performed the ceremony at the wedding of Leslie L. Delafield to Michael Tinati. (Leslie L. Delafield Is Bride. New York Times, Jan. 4, 1987.) Her mother, Mrs. Walter B. Delafield, was a longtime activist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Initial financial support for The HealthCare Chaplaincy came from Mary and Laurance S. Rockefeller. "Sustainers of the Spirit" donors of over $25,000 included Randolph A. Hearst, Laurance S. Rockefeller, and Joan B. and William G. Spears. "Torch Bearers" of $2500 to $4999 donations included Hildegard Mahoney in memory of Ernst Wynder, and Diane S. and Stephen C. Parrish. "Circle of Hope" $1000 to $2499 benefactors included Jean and Walter B. Delafield, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, and Drs. Marguerite and Joshua Lederberg. Other donors included Cathy and Hall Adams Jr., Peggy and Richard M. Danziger, Lynne and Richard B. Cheney, Joyce and Donald Rumsfeld, Mary L. and Joseph E. Jannotta, Helga and Dr. John H. Weisburger in memory of Ernst Wynder, Mary L. Bundy, Eleanor and R. Heath Larry, and the law firm of Hogan and Hartson.

Donors, 2000 Annual Report / The HealthCare Chaplaincy
Annual Reports / The HealthCare Chaplaincy

The Twinames and William G. Spears are Life Trustees of The HealthCare Chaplaincy; former Philip Morris executive Geoffrey C. Bible is on the President's Advisory Council.

Board of Trustees / The HealthCare Chaplaincy

The Henry Luce Foundation is a major supporter of the Healthcare Chaplaincy.

William G. Spears

William G. Spears created the Spears Endowment at the elite Choate School, which supports a Campus Ministry, Community Service Program, Character Education Initiative, etc. Rev. Dr. Walter J. Smith of The HealthCare Chaplaincy is on its Board of Advisors.

Spears Endowment / Choate
Board of Advisors / Choate

Spears has been on the Board of Directors of Alcide Corporation with Lasker friend Thomas L. Kempner since 1989.

Alcide 2002 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Spears has been on the Board of Directors of UnitedHealth Care Group with RWJF Trustee Thomas H. Kean since 1991.

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

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