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December 25, 1991

Adventures in Nutrition: An Autobiography

Author Affiliations

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

JAMA. 1991;266(24):3485-3486. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470240107044

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On December 7, 1941, Dr Frederick Stare arrived in Boston at the express invitation of Baird Hastings to consider a new Rockefeller-sponsored position in nutrition at the Harvard Medical School and the School of Public Health. With a PhD in nutrition from Wisconsin, an MD from the University of Chicago, and some 25 publications in the biochemical literature, he was a very well-qualified 30-year-old, and he was appointed as an assistant professor and chairman of the new department. What he then accomplished, with the collaboration of outstanding colleagues, is a surpassing record of achievements that continues to the present day.

As we learn in this autobiography, Stare was able to build up a substantial endowment of nearly $30 million from private industry and philanthropic sources. Grants and contracts provided an equal amount of directed support. The Department of Nutrition at Harvard became known for research on lipid metabolism, obesity, diabetes,