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Faces of ORAU

ORAU’s mission has prospered thanks to remarkable contributions by its early leaders

The halls of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), which was originally chartered as the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies (ORINS), are lined with photos that capture the faces of the many great men and women who have contributed significantly to our nation’s progress in many areas—medical research, science education, and professional development and training, to name just a few.

We invite you to get to know a sampling of the people who have made an impact on the history of ORAU through the following profiles.

Dr. Gould Andrews

Dr. Gould Andrews

Director of the Medical Division
Dr. Gould Andrews, a widely respected hematologist and internist known for his hope and concern for his patients, led the Medical Division during which programs devoted to cytogenetics electron microscopy were initiated.

Dr. Marshall Brucer

Dr. Marshall Brucer

Chairman of the Medical Division
Under Dr. Marshall Brucer’s strong leadership, the Medical Division and its programs received international attention as researchers investigated nearly 70 different radioactive isotopes for diagnostic and therapeutic uses.

Roger Cloutier

Roger Cloutier

Director of Professional Training Programs
Roger Cloutier was instrumental in obtaining funding for ORAU’s Radiation Internal Dose Information Center (RIDIC) and later led the organization’s professional training programs, which offered courses in radioisotope techniques to scientists and physicians.

Dr. William Felling

Dr. William Felling

Executive Director of ORAU
Significant milestones were achieved during Dr. William Felling’s tenure, including the addition of the Comparative Animal Research Laboratory, and the groundbreaking for a new office auditorium complex on the ORAU campus.

Dr. Shirley Fry

Dr. Shirley Fry

Assistant Director of the Medical Sciences Division
Dr. Shirley Fry directed several important programs, including the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS), the Center for Epidemiologic Research (CER), and the cytogenetics program.

Dr. Paul Gross

Dr. Paul Gross

President of ORAU
ORAU founder Dr. William G. Pollard once wrote, “The leadership [that] Paul Gross gave ORINS as president for the next 21 years [after ORINS was founded in 1946] was a major factor in its growth and competence.”

Dr. Karl Hübner

Dr. Karl Hübner

Assistant Chairman, Medical and Health Sciences Division
Dr. Karl Hübner, a renowned physician and scientist, directed the Nuclear Medicine program and REAC/TS, served as the assistant chairman of the Medical and Health Sciences Division with responsibility for the Radiation Medicine Branch, and was instrumental in obtaining the Emission Computerized Axial Tomograph (ECAT) scanner—one of only three in the world at the time—for use in clinical research at ORAU.

Dr. Philip Johnson

Dr. Philip Johnson

Executive Director of ORAU
During Dr. Philip Johnson’s seven-year tenure, the organization grew and a number of new programs were added, including an assessment project on how carbon dioxide emissions affect the atmosphere.

Dr. C.C. Lushbaugh

Dr. C.C. Lushbaugh

Chairman of the Medical and Health Sciences Division
As the first director of REAC/TS, Dr. C.C. Lushbaugh’s studies focused on human pathology and have contributed greatly to the understanding of areas such as the pathology and the use of radiation for the treatment of disease.

Ann Patton

Ann H. Patton

Executive Assistant to the President and Corporate Secretary
Ann H. Patton began her tenure in the President’s Office in 1968 and spent the next 42 years making sure that ORAU’s affairs ran smoothly.

Dr. William G. Pollard

Dr. William G. Pollard

Founder and Executive Director of ORINS
After a conversation with a fellow physics professor at a dinner party one evening, Dr. William G. Pollard successfully built the necessary support of both the federal government and 14 southern universities to form the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies (ORINS), now known as ORAU.

Dr. Fred Snyder

Dr. Fred Snyder

Director of the Biochemistry Program
Under Dr. Fred Snyder’s direction, the now discontinued biochemistry program discovered in the late 1960s that ether lipids (fatty substances) are more common in cancer cells, which provided important information used by numerous other groups in investigating the role of lipids and membranes in cancer.

Dr. Oscar Touster

Dr. Oscar Touster

President of ORAU
Recognized for his contributions to the field of molecular biology, Dr. Oscar Touster became ORAU president after serving in several roles associated with the organization’s Board of Directors and Council of Sponsoring Institutions.

Dr. Jon Veigel

Dr. Jon Veigel

Executive Director of ORAU
Under Dr. Jon Veigel’s guidance, ORAU’s university consortium rapidly grew from 49 member universities in 1988, to 89 full members and eight associated members in 1996.

Dr. Alvin Weinberg

Dr. Alvin Weinberg

Director of the Institute for Energy Analysis
Weinberg served as director of ORAU’s Institute for Energy Analysis (IEA), which pioneered investigations of the greenhouse effect, alternate energy sources, and maximizing energy sources at minimum cost to the economy and the environment.

Evelyn Watson

Evelyn Watson

Director of the Radiation Internal Dose Information Center
Succeeding longtime mentor Roger Cloutier as program director of RIDIC, Evelyn Watson managed a staff dedicated to improving internal radiation dosimetry and ensuring the accessibility of information about radiation dose from radionuclides incorporated in the body.