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Mr. Basil J. O'Connor

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Georgia Warm Springs Foundation

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Georgia Warm Springs Foundation

Background Information

Employment History

Genesis Biotechnology Group L.L.C

President

Polio Place

Affiliations

Member of the Biochemistry Editorial Board
Analyical

Founder
MOD

Member of the Biochemistry Editorial Board
Dimes

Treasurer
Catherine Barnes

Founder
National Foundation for the March of Dimes

Education

Dartmouth College

Harvard Law School

Web References (110 Total References)


Basil O'Connor | Post Polio

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Basil O'Connor

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A lawyer by training, American born Basil O'Connor was "the architect of the fight against poliomyelitis. In 1927, O'Connor was recruited by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to raise funds to support polio patients at Warm Springs, Georgia.
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O'Connor assumed the lead role of the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation when Roosevelt was elected Governor of New York.
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Brief Biography: Basil O'Connor was born in Taunton, Massachusetts, in 1892. He was educated at Dartmouth and Harvard Law School (1915). He entered into a New York based law partnership, known as Roosevelt and O'Connor; three years after Roosevelt contracted polio (1924). He was the first president of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (NFIP), an organization that placed the fight against polio on a national basis. O'Connor was known for his "forceful, able and imaginative administration. He understood the public's interest and how to use it to raise funds. Under his leadership, the NFIP provided patient aid, funded medical research, and led both professional and public education in the fight against polio. O'Connor remained President of the March of Dimes until his death in 1972.
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The FDR Presidential Library and Museum holds segments of Basil O'Connor's papers as well.
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Basil O'Connor, White House, 1944; courtesy of the March of Dimes
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Basil O'Connor with Franklin D. Roosevelt, White House, 1944; courtesy of the March of Dimes
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Basil O'Connor, 1957; courtesy of the March of Dimes
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Major Articles: Basil O'Connor
Publications by, about or referring to Basil O'Connor:
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"Basil O'Connor: One Man's War Against Disease," Medical World News, Vol. 5, No. 3, 31 Jan. 1964.
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The Albert Lasker Awards for 1958.* Am J Public Health, Dec 1958; 48: 1664 - 1667. (O'Connor won this award). Honorary Doctorates Conferred By Columbia University. Science, Jun 1943; 97: 529.
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Acids, and Viruses, January 7, 8, and 9 in honor of Basil O'Connor to celebrate his 65th birthday, as well as his presidency...the National Health Council will be held. At this time Basil O'Connor, president, National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.*
Book Reviews Saul Jarcho,, M.D. J Hist Med Allied Sci, Jul 1971; XXVI: 322 - 325. "...hardly justified by the record. A later passage, on pages 449-450, gives the reader a better idea of what actually occurred. Basil O'Connor did in 1961 oppose the licensing of Sabin's vaccines. But the licensing was approved. That was 1961, not 1953."
Science, Apr 1953; 117: 435 - 436. "...find a stimulating essay by Niels Bohr, entitled "Medical Research and Natural Philosophy," and penetrating remarks by Basil O'Connor on "Man's Responsibility in the Fight Against Disease."
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"...Sister Elizabeth Kenny and her self-styled method of treating acutely paralyzed limbs with hot woolen compresses, and Basil O'Connor, Roosevelt's one-time law partner, who was the founder and autocratic leader of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis."
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"...stories of that foundation, its fund-raising arm (the March of Dimes), and the crucial leadership of its first director, Basil O'Connor--who welded quite disparate personalities to the common purpose of fighting polio. Relating the nearly constant tensions..."
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"...is that most often identified with the 1954 Polio Vaccine Trial, the real organizational genius behind the effort was Basil O'Connor, President of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis."
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As his paradigm, he cites the closely coordinated direction and momentum of the March of Dimes charity under Basil O'Connor's leadership, which supported the development of the Salk vaccine against poliomyelitis in the 1950s.
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" ...March of Dimes was the name used for the fundraising campaign itself, and Roosevelt asked his former law partner, Basil O'Connor, to head it.
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"...announced the creation of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, to be chaired by his former law partner Basil O'Connor.
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"Some examples include local grants, March of Dimes, Basil O'Connor, Kennedy-Dannreuther, and Berlex Foundation.
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"...replaced in 1937 by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, better known as the March of Dimes, and headed by Basil O'Connor, Roosevelt's former law partner.
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For many years Basil O'Connor, founder and chief administrator of the National Foundation, was chairman of the Board of Trustees of Tuskegee Institute."
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Salk's chief backer was Basil O'Connor, who, after his friend Roosevelt contracted polio, became president of the National Foundation-March of Dimes...."
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With the advice of Louis Howe, James Farley, D. Basil O'Connor, Samuel Rosenman, and other party chiefs, Roosevelt mauled our proposals into politically viable and appealing shape."
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Basil O'Connor. Recess for Exhibit Inspection. The Developing Partnership Between Government and Private Resources.
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French Room Presiding: Basil O'Connor, President. Cooperation in Social and Economic Development."*
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"...he seems unaware that from the foundation's inception in 1938 its scientific policies were not the work of President Basil O'Connor but of a special Virus Research Committee composed of distinguished virologists and public health men under the chair...." This is free.
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"...Smoluchowski, and Alvin Weinberg (7, 8); among critics of the quality of biological and medical research are Max Finland, Basil O'Connor, Herbert Ratner, John Russell, and Paul Weiss, not to mention the House Committee on Government Operations, which...."
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"...Obviously primed for the occasion by the friendly Fogarty, Shannon also took on the thesis offered last January by Basil O'Connor, president of the National Foundation, in a speech titled "Science and Government, the Perilous Partnership. It was...."
Overseas News:The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, Jul 1962; 82: 199 - 200. "...Poliomyelitis has ceased to be a significant public health problem in the United States, it was announced in a recent report by Basil O'Connor, President of the National Foundation, New York.
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"...poliomyelitis epidemics in 1958, the result of a sharp reduction in the use of Salk vaccine, was cited recently by Basil O'Connor, president of the National Foundation, as one of two major events in his review of the organization's 1958 health activities...."
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In making the announcement President Basil O'Connor of the Foundation said that it would make no attempt to duplicate the work of voluntary agencies, although it will...."
Am J Psychiatry, Mar 1958; 114: 853 - 856. "Topeka, Kan. Protection Against Polio. Four outstanding events are listed in a review of polio in 1957 by Basil O'Connor, president of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. The massive vaccination promotion of the...."
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Basil O'Connor, president of the March of Dimes organization, said, 'As 1955 ends we are interested in looking forward and in....'"
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From this small beginning, under the leadership of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Basil O'Connor, a close legal friend of Roosevelt's, the project grew in size and scope until, on September 23rd, 1937, it became...."
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W L Colze; D Basil O'Connor; Albert B Sabin; National Foundation.
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Keith Morgan; Basil O'Connor.
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Text of addresses by the Chief justice of the United States and Basil O'Connor, president, the National foundation for infantile paralysis, at 65th birthday dinner for Basil O'Connorgiven by the New York academy of sciences, January 8, 1957, at the Waldorf-Astoria.
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Basil O'Connor.
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Basil O'Connor and Alfred Gigon Amsterdam, Netherlands: Excerpta Medica Foundation, [1957?] No libraries listed.
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Statement by Franklin D. Roosevelt, delivered by Basil O'Connor, upon the occasion of the dedication of the new ... Alabama, January 15, 1941.
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Turnley Walker; D Basil O'Connor. No libraries listed.
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ngrid Bergman; Basil O'Connor; John B Kennedy; National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.
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National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis presents Clark Gable, Basil O'Connor.


People | Post Polio: Polio Place

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Basil O'Connor

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Basil O'Connor - January 8, 1892 - March 9, 1972
A lawyer by training, American born Basil O'Connor was "the architect of the fight against poliomyelitis. In 1927, O'Connor was recruited by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to raise funds to support polio patients at Warm Springs, Georgia.
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O'Connor assumed the lead role of the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation when Roosevelt was elected Governor of...


To Franklin D. Roosevelt's law partner ...

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To Franklin D. Roosevelt's law partner and associate Basil O'Connor (1892-1972).

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Impressed with both the results and the facility, Roosevelt purchased the institute and, with O'Connor, he founded the Warm Springs Foundation. His interest in polio treatment and research led him to found, in January 1938, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, an organization that would later become known as the March of Dimes and which FDR asked O'Connor to lead.


Georgia Historical Society Markers Vol 1 - Atlanta

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These gates mark the original entrance to the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, established in July 1927 by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Basil O'Connor for the treatment of polio victims.


In 1926, Roosevelt purchased the whole ...

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In 1926, Roosevelt purchased the whole property and, a year later, with the help of his former law partner, Basil O'Connor, established the nonprofit Warm Springs Foundation.

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