Matthew Huxley (19 April 1920 – 10 February 2005) was an epidemiologist and anthropologist, as well as an educator and author. His work ranged from promoting universal health care to establishing standards of care for nursing home patients and the mentally ill to investigating the question of what is a socially sanctionable drug.
Resettling in the United States with his father in 1937, Huxley attended the Prospect Mountain High School and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. He received a master's degree in public health from Harvard University. He worked for the Milbank Memorial Fund, a New York-based foundation, and from 1963 to 1983, with a brief intermission, worked at the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington. In 1968, he briefly served as director of seminars at the Smithsonian Institution.
In April 1950 Huxley married Ellen Hovde, a documentary filmmaker. The couple had two children, Trevenen Huxley (b. 20 October 1951) and Tessa Huxley (b. October 1953), and divorced in 1961. On 22 March 1963 he wed Judith Wallet Bordage (d. 1983), freelance writer and food columnist at the Washington Post. He then married Franziska Reed Huxley, who survived him.
Huxley died from a mountain climbing accident in Reading, Pennsylvania, in February 2005 at the age of 84.
- Author, NIMH Epidemiologist Matthew Huxley Dies at 84. The Washington Post
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