Johnson & Johnson & Jersey

“Life in Hamilton changed on Oct.13 when the tuxedo-clad mayor was diverted from a fund-raising event by news that the anthrax-tainted letter sent to NBC was postmarked Trenton. That was bad for the citizens of Hamilton: mail postmarked Trenton is actually processed in their hometown. It’s a sore point that the mail is stamped with the name of the state capital, some 10 miles away.

  …on Oct.18, it was confirmed that two New Jersey postal workers, one from Hamilton, had been infected with anthrax. [Mayor] Gilmore knew from sources at Hamilton’s Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital that there was not enough Cipro on hand to treat hundreds of postal workers and that many area pharmacies had run out. When he found out that state officials were planning to advise all Hamilton postal workers to contact their doctors and seek antibiotics, he was appalled. “The decision is made that they have to start a seven-day prescription of Cipro to maybe save their lives,” he said “But they’re told to talk to their personal physician, get a prescription and get it filled. On a Friday. Good luck.”

…So, on the afternoon of Oct.19, [Mayor Gilmore] and the hospital sent a Hamilton patrol car to pick up 18,000 Cipro pills from a supplier in south Jersey. It arrived back in Hamilton just as a news conference was being held to announce another case of anthrax. Knowing that the local hospital now had a stash on hand, Gilmore..told workers they could get free treatment in his township. Some 1,500 postal workers have since gone to Robert Wood Johnson for their Cipro. When the initial supply ran out on a Tuesday, Senator Robert Torricelli helped speed a new shipment from the CDC…

When doctors discovered last week that two Hamilton employees had suspected cases of inhalation anthrax, postal workers were told they would have to take antibiotics for a full 60 days instead of seven. The orange plastic bottles of Cipro they had been given were no longer enough. On Friday another Hamilton police car headed south, to pick up a new supply.”,9171,1001139,00.html


The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton – “RWJUHH’s commitment to the community and rapid
response capabilities were tested when the entire organization was mobilized to treat 1,500 postal workers after the local post office processed the anthrax contaminated letters in October, 2001.” http://www/ 


The R W J Foundation’s 2002 bioterror poll : “This national survey of 1,002 adults, conducted between October 20 – October 30, 2002, finds that more than a year after September 11, Americans are feeling uneasy…Although it has been more than a year since the first anthrax attacks, the American public remains very concerned about the use of biological and chemical substances by terrorists…most [poll respondents] feel we are not prepared enough today to handle such a threat….Despite the risks involved with receiving the smallpox vaccine, most Americans say they are willing to be vaccinated.”

June 21, 2006 – Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) announced that the U.S. House of Representatives last night approved a Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Defense Appropriations bill that included $2 million he secured for the Anti-Terror Medical Technology Program at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Anti-Terror Medical Technology Pilot Program will be a collaboration between RWJUH and the US Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) at Ft. Detrick, Maryland.  TATRC has been working to develop needed medical technologies for Afghanistan, Iraq, other forward-deployed areas and scenarios for weapons of mass destruction (WMD).  The two will work together in order to develop needed technologies for various WMD and terrorism incidents.  RWJUH is a state designated Level 1 Trauma Center and is thereby able to respond to disaster situations and other related Mass Casualty Incidents.  The hospital’s personnel are key participants in the Medical Emergency Disaster Prevention and Response Expert Panel Statewide Bioterrorism Task Force.    “In recent years, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital personnel have responded to the challenges posed by Hurricane Floyd, the September 11th attacks, the New Jersey Anthrax crisis, the 2003 Northeast Blackout, and numerous other incidents,” Pallone said.  “Their experiences will be an invaluable benefit to the US military medical community at Ft. Detrick.”


Research and information below is from

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The founder, Robert Wood Johnson, was a member of the Citizens Commission on Utilization of Manpower in the Armed Services, which was created after Mary Lasker’s friend Anna Rosenberg‘s appointment as Assistant Secretary of Defense, under Robert A. Lovett, S&B 1918. Other members included Artemus L. Gates, S&B 1918; Lewis L. Strauss; and David Sarnoff, chairman. (Manpower Waste In Services Hunted. New York Times, Nov. 26, 1952.) Robert Wood Johnson Jr. was 64th on the list of “most wealthy” individuals, listed according to wealth as a percentage of the GNP.

Steven A.  Schroeder  – president of RWJF until Dec. 2002; Schroeder came from the University of California San Francisco (home of Philip R. Lee and Stanton Glantz), to join RWJF as its president in 1990. He was also involved in the Children’s Television Workshop. 

Risa LavizzoMourey was senior vice president of RWJF since 2001. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania nearly 20 years ago, and has been an assistant professor and professor there since 1986. (Lavizzo-Mourey bio, University of Pennsylvania. Dead link Lavizzo-Mourey was a director of Medicus Systems Corporation since 1994; its successor, Managed Care Solutions, and its successor, LifeMark Inc. Gail L. Warden, a director of RWJF, and Walter J. McNerney, who was then a director of Hanger Orthopedic Group, were fellow directors of Medicus.

Karen K. Gerlach, PhD, MPH, is a Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation…Dr. Gerlach joined the Foundation in March 1998.” (New Jersey State Planning Commission Speaker Biography, Oct. 17, 2001.) Considering how swiftly she rose to the heights of power, she may a relative of Catherine Gerlach Blair, aka Mrs. William McCormick Blair Jr., aka “Deeda.”

Ruby P. Hearn – Hearn left the Children’s Television Workshop to join RWJF as a program officer in 1976; became vice president in 1983, and senior vice president in 1996. She left in 2002.

Nancy J. Kaufman – Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation until 2002. “She was previously Deputy Director of Public Health in the State of Wisconsin,” and is a despicable product of the University of Wisconsin Medical School. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable meetings in 1995 and 1996 which spawned the “Healthy Communities” campaign. Members included Margaret A. Hamburg, Jo Ivey Boufford, Roz Lasker, and William L. Roper. David Satcher and Kenneth I. Shine attended.

The Board of Trustees of RWJF   Board of Trustees (current) /
Board of Trustees, 2000: Robert E. Campbell, Chairman; The Honorable Nancy Kassebaum Baker; Rheba de Tornyay, EdD; Lawrence G. Foster; George S. Frazza; James R. Gavin, III, MD, PhD; Linda Griego; Wendy W. Hagen; Edward J. Hartnett; Robert Wood Johnson IV; The Honorable Thomas H. Kean; Edward E. Matthews; Jack W. Owen; William L. Roper, MD, MPH; Steven A. Schroeder, MD; John H. Steele, ScD; Gail L. Warden; Richard B. Worley. Trustees Emeriti: Edward C. Andrews, Jr., MD; James E. Burke; David R. Clare; Leighton E. Cluff, MD; John J. Heldrich; Leonard F. Hill; Frank J. Hoenemeyer; John J. Horan; Norman Rosenberg, MD; Richard B. Sellars; William R. Walsh, Jr.; Sidney F. Wentz.

Robert E. Campbell, chairman – Former Vice Chairman of the Board of Johnson & Johnson from 1989 until retiring in 1995…A director of Impath since 2001. Fellow RWJF Trustee George S. Frazza has been a director of Impath since 1998.

Nancy Kassebaum Baker

Rheba de Tornyay

Lawrence G. Foster

George S. Frazza – Former Vice President and General Counsel of Johnson & Johnson; elected to the RWJF Board in 2000. Frazza has been a director of Impath since 1998, and fellow RWJF Trustee Robert E. Campbell joined its board in 2001.

James R. Gavin III – Gavin was elected to the RWJF board in 1996. He was Senior Scientific Officer of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute [from 1991-2002; presumably a crony of Lasker Foundation director Purnell W. Choppin]. He was appointed President of Morehouse School of Medicine in 2002, and elected to the board of directors of Baxter International in 2003. His primary interest is diabetes.

NancyAnn DeParle – now head of the White House Office of Health Reform
Her husband, Jason DeParle..was deemed worthy of becoming a fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government’s Center on Press, Politics, and Public Policy (upon whose Advisory Board sit Elizabeth Drew, Ted Koppel, Dan Rather, and Frank Stanton). DeParle has been a director of Triad since 2001. Fellow directors include Uwe E. Reinhardt, the policy czar of senior health, and several with ties to Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), owned by the family of Sen. William Frist (R-TN): Michael J. Parsons, the former CFO and COO of HCA; James E. Dalton, former Vice President of HCA; and Thomas F. Frist III. The executives are mainly drawn from HCA.

Robert Wood Johnson IV is on the 2001 Membership Roster of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a large donor to the Neurosciences Research Foundation, which is closely associated with General American Investors, of which former Johnson & Johnson consultant Joseph T. Stewart is a trustee. He joined RWJF in 2002. In 2004, he held a $50,000 per person fundraiser for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at his condominium in Trump Tower. (Governor Has Star Power On East Coast. By Jim Puzzanghera. San Jose Mercury News, Feb. 25, 2004.)

Thomas H. Kean – President Bush named Kean to head the investigation of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States into the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Former Illinois Governor James Thompson is also a member. (Thomas Kean named to 9/11 panel. AP Dec. 16, 2002, in USA Today.)

Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Kean was the anti-smoker governor of New Jersey from 1982 to 1990. He was Chairman of the Carnegie Corp., and is a director of Pepsi Bottling Group, Bell Atlantic, Amerada Hess, United Health Corp. and other corporations. Kean is a member of a New Jersey political dynasty going back to the 1800s; his grandfather, Hamilton Fish Kean, was an investment banker worth nearly $50 million (circa 1937!), and part of the Republican machine of J.P. Morgan. (America’s Sixty Families. By Ferdinand Lundberg. The Vanguard Press, 1937 & 1938.)
—Kean was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York since 1991. In 1997, he replaced the retiring Newton N. Minow as Chairman. Vartan Gregorian was elected President to replace David A. Hamburg; Minow and James A. Johnson, Kean’s fellow director of United HealthCare, were on the search committee. (Carnegie Corporation elects new president. Press release, Jan. 9, 1997.)
—Kean was a director of Bell Atlantic from 1990 until it merged with GTE in 2000. RAND trustee Frank Carlucci was a director between 1989 and 1997. Other directors in 1999 included James G. Cullen, a director of Johnson & Johnson; two who were also directors of Metropolitan Life Insurance, Helene L. Kaplan and Hugh B. Price (also a director of Sears); two who had ties to General Motors, Eckhard Pfeiffer and Shirley Young; two who were directors of American Home Products, Ivan G. Seidenberg and John R. Stafford; James H. Gilliam Jr., a director of Household International; and Rozanne L. Ridgway, a director of RJR Nabisco Holdings.
—Kean was a director of CIT Group from 1999 to 2001 and since 2001.
—Kean was a director of Fiduciary Trust International, which was acquired by Franklin Resources Inc. (dba Franklin Templeton Investments) in 2001. Richard A. Goldstein, Chairman and CEO of International Flavors and Fragrances, was a fellow director.
—Kean has been a director of the Pepsi Bottling Group since 1999.
—Kean has been a director of UnitedHealth Care Group (formerly United HealthCare Corp.) since 1993. Fellow directors include former US Secretary of Health and Human Services (1993-2001) Donna Shalala; Gail R. Wilensky, Deputy Assistant to President George HW Bush for policy development from 1992 to 1993, administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration from 1990 to 1992, and other federal positions; and James A. Johnson, who led the search committee for a new president of the Carnegie Corporation.
—Kean is co-chair of the Century Foundation’s Homeland Security Project. His co-chair is Richard Celeste, a director of the Carnegie Corporation of New York (and Chairman of the Health Effects Institute). And, former Carnegie Corporation of New York Chairman David Hamburg’s daughter Margaret Hamburg is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Homeland Security Project. Joseph Califano and Edward E. David Jr. are Trustees of the Century Foundation.

Edward E. Matthews, M.B.A.; Matthews is former Managing Director of Morgan Stanley & Co., and was Executive Vice President of the American International Group investment banking firm, where he has been a director from 1973 to 2005. Other directors of AIG included RWJF Emeritus Trustee Frank J. Hoenemeyer; former Rep. Barber B. Conable Jr. (also former president of the World Bank); Harvard economics professor Martin S. Feldstein (also a director of Eli Lilly & Co.); Ellen V. Futter (also a director of Bristol-Myers Squibb and J.P. Morgan Chase); former US Trade Representative Carla A. Hills; Pei-yuan Chia, former head of Citibank Private Banking under John Reed, and a director of Baxter International; and Frank G. Wisner Jr.
   …. elected to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Board of Trustees in January 1994. Matthews is senior vice president and director of C.V. Starr & Co. and director of Starr International, private companies affiliated with American International Group, Inc. (AIG), one of the world’s largest insurance and financial service companies. He previously served as senior vice chairman—Investments and Financial Services of AIG. Before his move to AIG, he was a partner and managing director of the investment banking firm of Morgan Stanley & Co. Matthews is a trustee emeritus of Princeton University and past chairman of the board of Princeton Investment Company, the managing company for Princeton University’s $13 billion endowment. He also is vice chairman of the Princeton Medical Center and a trustee of Princeton Day School. Matthews earned an M.B.A. from Harvard and an A.B. from Princeton University.” (Edward E. Matthews bio. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, accessed 3/19/2009.) Meanwhile, the Obama adminstration’s transition team included William V. Corr, who received over $1 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to lobby for FDA regulation of tobacco; and Nancy-Ann DeParle, a board member of RWJF.

William L. Roper -..Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and Director of the White House Office of Policy Development. February 21, 1989…. Since 1986 Dr. Roper has served as Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this position, he has directed all Federal health care financing programs under Medicare and Medicaid…

University of North Carolina>>”UNC-CH School of Public Health Dean Roper elected to National Institute of Medicine governing council,” Carolina News Dec. 22, 1998…”The School of Public Health in August [1999] launched the North Carolina Institute for Public Health…. Roper, who serves as director of the new institute, said its creation was spurred by the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report, ‘The Future of Public Health,'” a shibboleth of the Lasker Syndicate….

The Milbank Memorial Fund>>1994, “Leadership in Public Health,” papers by William Foege, William Roper, and Molly Coye (1991-93 Director of the California Dept. of Health Services, founder of the Health Technology Center, sponsored by the RWJF-funded Institute for the Future). Pariticipants included Lawrence Altman [MD; primary media reporter of the anthrax attacks], National Science Writer for the New York Times; Edward Baker and Martha Katz of the CDC; Patricia Buffler of UC Berkeley, and author of ETS studies; Gilbert Omenn; Martin Wasserman; and numerous others.

Leighton E. Cluff – Cluff was Executive Vice President, President and Trustee of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 1976 to 1990. He was Professor of Medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Immunology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1955 to 1966. He was Professor and Chairman at the University of Florida from 1966 to 1976. (Cluff bio, University of Florida. Link dead  Cluff was a member of the Commission on Epidemiological Survey of the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board between 1961 and 1968. It was concerned with biological warfare agents such as anthrax. (Section 3 Commission on Epidemiological Survey, by Dan Crozier. In: The Histories of the Commissions, Theodore E. Woodward, editor.) …Cluff was a member of the Advisory Committee to CDC Director William L. Roper in 1992.

Rheba de Tornyay – De Tornyay is Dean Emeritus of the School of Nursing at the University of Washington. She was a Trustee of RWJF from 1991 to 2002.

Lawrence G. Foster

John J. Heldrich

Leonard F. Hill

Frank J.  Hoenemeyer – Hoenemeyer is the retired vice chairman of Prudential Insurance Company of America. He has been a director of American International Group since 1985. Fellow directors include former US Trade Representative Carla A. Hills; Pei-yuan Chia, John Reed’s colleague who also resigned from Citicorp after a money laundering scandal; and Frank G. Wisner, son of the CIA director Frank Wisner who boasted that he could play the media like a “mighty Wurlitzer.” RWJF Trustee Edward E. Matthews was Executive Vice President and a director of AIG.  Hoenemeyer was a director of ARIAD Pharmaceuticals in 1991. Fellow directors in 1997 included former CIA Director John M. Deutch, and Raymond S. Troubh, the “corporate governance maven” and director of General American Investors.

John J. Horan –  Horan was with Merck & Co., Inc., since 1946, and was Chairman of the Board and CEO from 1976 until 1985, and continued as a director until 1993. Merck made a lot of money from the high blood pressure medication Aldomet, and built a new $20 million plant to manufacture it in 1975. He has also been a director of General Motors Corp. (whose employee pension funds were large shareholders of J&J), J.P. Morgan Inc., Morgan Guaranty Bank, NCR Corp., Burlington Mills, Celgene Corp., and PathoGenesis Corp. (whose CEO and President, Wilbur Gantz, was President of Baxter International from 1987-1993). Since leaving Merck, he has supplied his connections to startups. Horan was a director of BioLabs, a company in British Columbia, Canada, in 2000. Biolabs is now Genesis Bioventures, which is 33% owner of a prion diagnostics development firm. Horan was a director of Myriad Genetics from 1992 to 2000.

Jack W.  Owen – Executive President of the American Hospital Association from 1982-88; a trustee of RWJF since 1985; Chairman of the Committee to Preserve Social Security from 1990 to 1995. (Owen bio, NCPSSM. Dead link

Dr. Norman Rosenberg – Dr. Rosenberg developed a modified bovine graft for bypassing peripheral blood vessels, which was later marketed by Johnson & Johnson.” He was a Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 1958 to 1996. (Rosenberg Family Endows Chair in Vascular Surgery. Outlook, Fall 2002.)

Richard B. Sellars

John H. Steele

William R. Walsh Jr. – Walsh was the founding chairman of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. (Cancer Treatment Close to Home. By Robin Krippa. Meridian Health System. Dead link Walsh is an emeritus trustee of The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Foundation

Sidney F. Wentz – Wentz was a director of Howard Savings Bank in Livingston, NJ, when it went broke in 1992. The FDIC “alleged that the directors had approved transactions that resulted in loss of millions of dollars and that the transactions appear[ed] to exhibit inadequate documentation, unsafe concentrations of credit, poor credit administration, and inadequate supervision of management,” despite repeated warnings by bank examainers. (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation v. Sidney F. Wentz et al.). Wentz has been a director of Castle Energy since 1995. Joseph L. Castle, the Chairman and CEO, is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Diet Drug Products Liability (“Phen-Fen”) Settlement Trust.



“Senator Barack Obama received a $101,332 bonus from American International Group in the form of political contributions according to The two biggest Congressional recipients of bonuses from the A.I.G. are – Senators Chris Dodd and Senator Barack Obama. The A.I.G. Financial Products affiliate of A.I.G. gave out $136,928, the most of any AIG affiliate, in the 2008 cycle. I would note that A.I.G.’s financial products division is the unit that wrote trillions of dollars’ worth of credit-default swaps and ‘misjudged’ the risk.” (Obama Received a $101,332 Bonus from AIG. By Dan Spencer. Examiner, Mar. 17, 2009.)
AIG’s founder, Cornelius V. Starr, headed the ultra-secret Insurance Intelligence Unit of the O.S.S. (the predecessor of the C.I.A.) in World War II. And AIG’s world headquarters is in the same downtown New York building where this unit toiled in the deepest secrecy.
AIG.. directors have included two trustees of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Frank J. Hoenemeyer and Edward E. Matthews! Matthews was senior vice chairman of investments and financial services at AIG, and has been a director since 1973.”

Jonathan D. LaCrosse “was an alternative investments officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He was in charge of its private equity, below investment grade credit and real assets strategies, including sourcing, executing and monitoring investments. He led all efforts with regards to due diligence on investment proposals, the negotiating and structuring of key investment terms in partnership agreements, building of financial models and the trading of in-kind distributions from leveraged buyout and venture capital funds. Over the course of an eleven year tenure, Mr. LaCrosse was responsible for investing over $3.1 billion in 121 alternative investment funds, including over $730 million in 37 emerging manager funds. While at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Mr. LaCrosse served on fifteen advisory boards across the following types of funds: buyouts, venture capital, growth capital, secondary, mezzanine, distressed, real estate, timber and fund-of-funds…. Prior to joining the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Mr. LaCrosse was an Underwriter at Oxford Health Plans, an Analyst at Bloomberg News and worked in the Accounting Department of Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon Division).” (Jonathan D. LaCrosse bio, Centinela Capital Partners, 2007.) He came to RWJF in 1995. He was on the advisory boards of AIG MezzVest, Bain Capital’s Sankaty Fund, Berkshire Partners, Brentwood Associates, Greenwich Street Capital Partners, Kelso Mezzanine, Odyssey Partners, Private Advisors, and Veronis Suhler Stevenson Mezzanine. He also is a member of the Institutional Limited Partners Association. (Jonathan D. LaCrosse bio, RWJF 5/7/2004.) AIG MezzVest launched an offshore loan fund in the Cayman Islands, whose limited partners were European and U.S. institutional investors. (AIG-Mezzvest Launches New Mezzanine Fund–Kirkland Represents $161 Million Fund. Press Release, Kirkland & Ellis, Jul. 23, 2002.)

AIG MezzVerst was set up in April 2000 by Lemy Gresh, former head of securitization at Bankers Trust. Several friends from Bankers Trust came with him, including Doug Evans, chief investment officer. (The main players shaping the industry. Financial News, Feb. 2004.) “AIG-MezzVest is a division of CapVest and has received funding from American insurance company AIG, part owner of CapVest. With the support of Abbey National, CIBC World Markets and Merrill Lynch the vehicle has so far raised [euro]200 million in debt and [euro]200 million in equity. AIG-MezzVest will take loans of up to [euro]100 million or [euro]200 million in combination with other mezzanine providers. It will finance around 15 deals across Europe.” Around 70 per cent of the fund was to be invested in the UK, and the remaining 30 per cent in France and Germany . (A taste of what’s on offer in the European mezzanine market. European Venture Capital Journal. Oct. 1, 2001.) Edward Matthews of C.V. Starr & Co., Ltd., was a beneficial owner of MezzVest Team II, L.P. (MezzVest Team II, SEC Form D, Aug. 1, 2005.)


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