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Joseph A. Califano, Jr. (1977–1979) - Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

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Joseph Anthony Califano Jr. was born on May 15, 1931, in Brooklyn, New York. Califano was secretary of health, education, and welfare from 1977 to 1979, in the administration of President Jimmy Carter.

Califano was the founding chairman of the board and president of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. He wrote several books, as well as many articles for the Washington Post, the New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He also served an adjunct professor of public health at Columbia University's Medical School and School of Public Health.

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Consulting Editor

Robert A. Strong

Professor Strong is the William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University. He is also an associate editor of the White House Studies journal and has worked on the Presidential Oral History program at the Miller Center. His writings include:

Working in the World: Jimmy Carter and the Making of American Foreign Policy (Louisiana State University Press, 2000)

Decisions and Dilemmas: Case Studies in Presidential Foreign Policy Making (M.E. Sharpe, 2005)