Honeywell Inc.

William H. Donaldson and Elizabeth E. Bailey

William Donaldson, a director of Philip Morris since 1979, was on the board of Honeywell from 1982 and until retiring in 1998. Elizabeth E. Bailey, a director of Philip Morris since 1989, was a director of Honeywell from 1985 until it merged with AlliedSignal in 1999.

Steven G. Rothmeier

Steven G. Rothmeier, who had been a Honeywell director since 1985, was the chairman and CEO of Northwest Airlines Rothmeier was the chairman of CEO of Northwest Airlines Inc. from 1986 to 1989. Northwest's smoking ban was announced March 23, 1988. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Great Northern Capital, a private investment management, consulting and merchant banking firm, since March 1993. He was a director of WM Holdings from 1997 to 1998, and of Waste Management Inc. since 1998.

Honeywell 1997 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission
Waste Management Inc. 1999 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Northwest Airlines is expected to announce today that it will become the only major American carrier to ban smoking on all its United States flights, an industry official said last night. A spokesman for the airline, the nation's fifth-largest, said the company planned a news conference in New York today. But the spokesman, William Wren, would not disclose its subject except to say that it involved a marketing announcement. The industry official, who works for a competitor and asked not to be named, said it was widely expected that the news conference would deal with the smoking ban. The Northwest move, also reported by WABC-TV in New York, would precede by a month a Federal ban on smoking that applies to all domestic flights of two hours or less. Northwest, based in St. Paul, serves 120 cities from coast to coast, and many of its flights are considerably longer than two hours." Muse Air, a carrier in the Southwest, dropped its four-year ban in 1985. Air Canada tested a smoking ban on shorter flights to New York in the spring, then expanded it; and Canadian Airlines International, instead of competing against them, adopted its own ban. "National carriers in Sweden, the Soviet Union, Saudi Arabia, Hungary and South Africa have also banned smoking... For Northwest, a subsidiary of NWA Inc., the move might have been more of a gamble before it acquired its major competitor in Midwestern markets, Republic Airlines, in late 1986. With the carriers combined, Northwest now dominates the Minneapolis, Detroit and Memphis markets, where it has hubs. The airline is also developing hubs in Milwaukee and Tokyo." (Northwest Air Expected to Announce Smoking Ban on U.S. Flights. By Glenn Kramon. New York Times, Mar. 23, 1988.) "The rule would take effect on April 23, the same day as does a Federal law prohibiting smoking on domestic flights of two hours or less... Spokesmen for the four biggest airline companies - Texas Air Corporation, which owns Continental and Eastern, United, American and Delta Air Lines - said they had no immediate plans to match the move." (Northwest Airlines Bans Smoking on Most Flights. By Glenn Kramon. New York Times, Mar. 24, 1988.)

Edson W. Spencer

Edson White Spencer is the son of Chicago businessman William Marvin Spencer, who was elected chairman of the National Car Corporation in 1941, after its takeover by Robert E. Wood, the retired chairman of Sears, Roebuck & Co. He retired in 1959. (The Road to Success. By Philip Hampson. Chicago Daily Tribune, May 28, 1955; Businessman William Spencer, 92. By Kenan Heise. Chicago Tribune, Oct. 5, 1984.) William M. Spencer was elected a director of the Distributors Group Inc. in 1930. (Changes Announced by Corporations. New York Times, Apr. 30, 1930.)

The Distributors Group was founded in 1929 by Thomas F. Lee of Lee, Higginson & Co., with the Guaranty Trust as trustee of its fixed investment fund. Dean Langmuir was a vice president. It brokered the sale of United Cigar Stores in 1935, and in 1956 put a director on the board of P. Lorillard Co.

In 1962, William M. Spencer headed the Chicago committee for Project HOPE. Other members included Mary Woodard Lasker's allies, Fairfax M. Cone of Foote, Cone & Belding; and John T. Pirie, Jr., chairman of Carson Pirie Scott & Co. (Plan Chicago Drive to Aid Medical Ship. Chicago Daily Tribune, Jun. 11, 1962.)

His grandfather on his mother's side was F. Edson White, who succeeded J. Ogden Armour as president of Armour & Co. in 1923. He was a director of the Continental Illinois Bank, the Chase National Bank of New York, Montgomery Ward & Co. and other firms. (F. Edson White Dies in Fall at Chicago. New York Times, Jan. 16, 1931.) Edson White was elected to the board of the Chase National Bank at the same time as Alfred P. Sloan, president of the General Motors Corporation. (Join Chase National Board. New York Times, May 10, 1923 p. 27.)

Edson Spencer was an usher at the wedding of Edsel Ford's son, William Clay Ford, to Martha Parke Firestone, the daughter of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company President Harvey Firestone. (Miss Firestone Wed to W.C. Ford In St. Paul's Church in Akron, Ohio. New York Times, Jun. 22, 1947.) [Edsel Ford was one of the original financiers of C.C. Little's Jackson Laboratory.] He graduated from Williams College in 1948, then was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University for two years. He married Harriet McClure Stuart, of whose family it was observed that "There is scarcely a great charity board in the city which does not include some member of the huge Stuart clan." (Harriet Stuart is Engaged to Edson Spencer. Chicago Daily Tribune, Feb. 3, 1950; Lake Geneva Flower Show Is Great Success. By Thalia. Chicago Daily Tribune, Aug. 20, 1950.) A luncheon for the bridal party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred S. Cowles. (Dinner Dance and Other Prenuptial Parties to Honor Harriet Stuart and Edson Spencer. By Judith Cass. Chicago Daily Tribune, Aug. 2, 1950.)

Edson Spencer was elected to the board of trustees of the Ford Foundation in 1977, along with Donald S. Perkins, chairman and CEO of Jewel Companies, Inc.; Nina G. Garsoian, dean of the graduate school of Princeton University; Harriet Rabb, assistant dean of Columbia Law School. Alexander Heard was chairman of the board. (Jewel chief among 4 added to Ford Foundation board. Chicago Tribune, Oct. 9, 1977.)

Edson Spencer was with Honeywell since 1954, was its CEO from 1974 to 1987, and a director from 1969 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he was chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ford Foundation, and he was chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mayo Foundation since 1990. He was also a director of CBS from 1985 until its merger with Westinghouse in 1997. In 1995, he had been chairman of the advisory council of the Humphrey Institute since 1990. (CBS Director Bio, 1995)

CBS 1995 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Directors of CBS in 1986 included Cummins Engine Company directors Harold Brown (who became a director of Philip Morris in 1983), Franklin A. Thomas, and Henry B. Schacht; Marietta Tree, a member of the American Cancer Society's National Commission on Smoking and Public Policy; newscaster Walter Cronkite; anti-smoking activist Newton Minow; Michael Bergerac, the former chairman of Revlon; James Houghton; Edson Spencer; James Wolfensohn; and Roswell Gilpatric. Thomas Wyman was the CEO. Mary Lasker's crony, Benno C. Schmidt was also a director of CBS during the 1980s; his business partner, Jock Whitney, was the brother-in-law of CBS Chairman William S. Paley. (In All His Glory. The Life of William S. Paley. By Sally Bedell Smith. Simon and Schuster, 1990.)

In February 1985, Honeywell Technalysis published "Indoor Air Quality: A National Survey of Office Worker Attitudes." Its author, Mary S. Sprague, also wrote "Indoor air quality problems hinder office productivity," whose lead paragraph proclaimed that "Poor ventilation and cigarette smoke are the top air quality problems that interfere with the productivity of office workers" (Business, March-April 1985; also published without the author's name in Pacific Business News, Feb. 25, 1985).

Honeywell Technalysis Indoor Air Survey, 1985 / UCSF (pdf, 56 pp)
Indoor Air Quality, Business 1985 / UCSF (pdf, 2 pp)
Indoor Air Pollution, Pacific Business News, 1985 / UCSF (pdf, 1 p)

Mildred Hamilton, Staff Writer of the San Francisco Examiner, lied that "A recent national survey of office workers, conducted by Honeywell, revealed that 67 percent called poor ventilation a problem and said they had difficulty doing their work because of the air quality in their offices," and provided a soapbox for Stanton Glantz and his crony, James Repace to spout their lies about passive smoking deaths. (The Health Page. Indoor Air Pollution. How chemicals in the office can make you sick. San Francisco Examiner, May 8, 1985.)

Indoor Air Pollution, San Francisco Examiner, 1985 / UCSF (pdf, 3 pp)

William Kloepfer Jr., Senior Vice President of Public Relations of The Tobacco Institute, wrote to Spencer objecting that "An overwhelming majority of respondents (76 percent) said air quality in their work environment is excellent or good. Only six percent said air quality was poor; 18 percent said it was fair. Despite this overwhelming approval, we are concerned that the survey seemed to magnify an air quality problem by directing a series of questions only to respondents who characterized indoor air quality as fair or poor or to respondents who reported difficulty doing work because of air quality... In fact, only eight percent of _all_ respondents believed cigarette smoke contributed to fair or poor air quality... I[t] appears, to be quiite candid about it, that these distortions have led to several new articles on the Honeywell study, enclosed, which have reported that poor ventilation and cigarette smoke are the top air quality problems that interfere with worker productivity. Although an overwhelming majority of survey respondents express high satisfaction with indoor air, these articles erroneously portray indoor air quality as a significant problem that seriously affects worker productivity" (Kloepfer to Spencer, June 28, 1985.) This is an example of how the anti-smoking conspirators deliberately deceived the public to sow discord and manufacture consent by coercion. And, in an Aug. 8, 1985, memo to TI officials, Kloepfer added that "The title itself is misleading in that lighting and temperature turned out to be primary subjects of concern in this survey."

Kloepfer to Spencer, June 28, 1985 / UCSF (pdf, 2 pp)
Kloepfer memo, Aug. 8, 1985 / UCSF (pdf, 1 p)

Spencer was a director of Boise Cascade from 1988 until retiring in 1999. Fellow directors included Enron director Robert Jaedicke; Jane E. Shaw, former president and COO of ALZA Corp.; and Anne L. Armstrong, director from 1975-76 and since 1978, also chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a director of General Motors, Halliburton, and American Express.

Boise Cascade 1998 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

In 2001-02, Spencer was Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Minneapolis Foundation. William J. Brody was Chairman, and John F. Eisberg of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Cerisi LLP, the private attorneys in the Minnesota tobacco lawsuit who donated a pile of their ill-gotten loot to the foundation, was a Trustee.

The Catalyst Newsletter, Winter 2001-02 / The Minneapolis Foundation (pdf)

Spencer is Chairman Emeritus (1993-2002) of the Humphrey Institute, and is a member of its Advisory Board. The late Frances Humphrey Howard and Hubert H. Humphrey III are honorary members.

Advisory Board / Humphrey Institute

Spencer is an Emeritus Public Trustee of the Mayo Clinic Foundation. Fellow EPTs include former Cummins directors Hanna H. Gray and J. Irwin Miller; former Assistant Secretary for Health Philip R. Lee; J. Willard Marriott Jr., who spun off Caterair to Fred Malek who seated George Bush on its board in return for the domestic airline smoking ban; anti-smoker arch-conspirator Newton N. Minow; and former Scientific American publisher Gerard Piel.

Trustees / Mayo Clinic Foundation

Spencer's son, Edson Spencer Jr., is Chairman of the Board of Visual Interactions, and the founder of Affinity Capital, "a Minneapolis-based venture capital firm that invests primarily in early-stage health care companies."

Board of Directors / Visual Interactions

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