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Catalog Number 13.0021.054
Title Invitation: Farewll Reception for Dr. Robert Whitney
Description Single light yellow cardstock with US Public Health Service imprint to announce reception for the retirement of Dr. Robert Whitney.
Object Name Invitation
Date September 17, 1992
Accession number 13.0021
Caption Invitation: Farewll Reception for Dr. Robert Whitney
Catalog date 2015-01-07
Catalog type History
Provenance After Robert A., Whitney received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1959, he joined the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. In this capacity he saw service in a variety of posts, including Stuttgart, Germany, the Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland, and, in 1970, the Republic of Vietnam. While posted in Columbus, Ohio he took courses at the Ohio State University that led to the Award of an M.S. in pharmacology. From 1968 to 1970, he served as Director of the Army Veterinary Corps postdoctoral training program on the medicine of laboratory animals. In 1971, Whitney transferred from the Army to the U.S. Public Health Service. His initial assignment brought him to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he was appointed Special Projects Officer in the Animal Resources Branch of the NIH Division of Research Services (DRS). He became Chief of the Veterinary Resources Branch of DRS the next year, a position he was to hold for over a dozen years. In 1979-1980, Whitney concurrently served as Acting Executive Director of the DRS Interagency Primate Steering Committee, a group dedicated to developing guidelines for the use and acquisition of those animals in biomedical research. During his years as branch chief, he also chaired the intramural NIH Animal Research Committee, a group recognized by the World Health Organization, that serves as an international genetic resource for strains of laboratory animals. During his tenure, DRS inaugurated the general use of genetic markers to monitor laboratory rodent breeding colonies for genetic purity. Whitney was named Acting Director of DRS in 1984, and appointed Director the following year. The very similar activities of the DRS and the Division of Research Resources led to discussions on the desirability of combining those two divisions. The merger was finalized in 1990, and the new organization was named National Center for Research Resources (NCRR). Whitney was named Director of NCRR. The new division, one of the larger NIH components at the time, was tasked with developing and providing biomedical research resources to four intramural and six extramural programs. Whitney retired from Government service in 1992, at which time he offered his services as an independent consultant on biomedical affairs and became involved in nature conservation organizations.
Number of images 1
Updated 2015-01-07
Condition Good
Organizations NIH; OD, ORS, Division of Veterinary Resources
NIH Property # none
Old NIH Property # none
Serial # none
People Whitney, Robert A.
Shafer, Richard
Diggs, John
Wyatt, Richard G.
Raub, William F.
Malone, Thomas E.
Held, Joe R.
Vaitukaitis, Judith