J. Donald Millar

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According to Wikipedia, John Donald Millar was a physician and public health administrator who rose to prominence as the director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health from 1981 through 1993. Education Donald Millar was born February 27, 1934, in Newport News, Virginia, to Dorothea and John Millar. Donald attended the University of Richmond, earning a B.S. in chemistry in 1956. He continued his education at the Medical College of Virginia. In 1957, he married Joan Phillips and two years later he completed his M.D. He completed his residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Millar began working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1961. Beginning in 1963 he directed CDC's Smallpox Eradication Program and its predecessors, an effort he led until 1970. A supporter of mass vaccination, Millar explained that the gravest danger posed by the lack of public acceptance of mass immunization programs was the threat to whites by "Spanish-Americans and Negroes", which was "the greatest motive for supporting mass vaccination campaigns at home and abroad". In 1972, while Chief of the CDC Venereal Disease Control Program, he famously said of the Tuskegee long-term study of untreated syphilis in African Americans, "They were not denied drugs, rather, they were not offered drugs." In 1966, he was awarded a D.T.P.H. —a degree equivalent to a Master's of Public Health degree in the United States—from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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