Edward Brandt Jr.

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Edward N. Brandt Jr.
Surgeon General of the United States
Preceded by Julius B. Richmond
Succeeded by C. Everett Koop
Personal details
Born Edward Newman Brandt Jr.
(1933-07-03)July 3, 1933
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died August 26, 2007(2007-08-26) (aged 74)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.

Edward Newman Brandt Jr. MD (July 3, 1933 – August 26, 2007) was an American physician, mathematician, and public health administrator. He was appointed acting Surgeon General of the United States from 1981 to 1982, and served as the United States Assistant Secretary for Health from 1981 to 1984. In 1984, possibly under pressure from "pro-family" groups, he was dismissed from his role in the Reagan administration for planning to attend a lesbian group hoping to help the victims of AIDS.[1]

Born in Oklahoma City, Brandt graduated with an MD and PhD in biostatistics from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine.[2] He was a faculty member from his alma mater from 1961 to 1970 before moving to the University of Texas at Galveston (1970–1981), University of Maryland at Baltimore (1981–1989) and University of Oklahoma School of Medicine (1989–2007).[2]

Brandt died of lung cancer on August 26, 2007. He was 74 years old.[3][4]

His papers were donated to the National Library of Medicine. [5]


  1. ^ "G.O.P. AIDES ORGANIZE ON HOMOSEXUAL ISSUES". NYTC. May 16, 1984. Retrieved October 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Past Presidents of the University of Maryland, Baltimore: Edward N. Brandt Jr., MD, PhD". University of Maryland. 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ Maugh II, Thomas H. (September 9, 2007). "Edward Brandt Jr., 74; led fight in early days of AIDS". The Boston Globe. Boston: NYTC. ISSN 0743-1791. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ Maugh II, Thomas H. (September 5, 2007). "Dr. Edward Brandt Jr., 74; official oversaw first federal response to AIDS". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ "Edward Brandt Assistant Secretary for Health Speech Collection 1981–1984". National Library of Medicine.