Oral Histories

Interview of Stafford L. Warren (1983)

Dean of the UCLA School of Medicine and UCLA vice-chancellor of health services. Chief of the Medical Section of the Manhattan Engineering District. Chief of the Radiological Safety Section of the Joint Task Force for Operation Crossroads.
An Exceptional Man for Exceptional Challenges
UCLA and University of California History
Science, Medicine, and Technology
UCLA Faculty
Tusler, Adelaide G.
Warren, Stafford L.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Adelaide Tusler, Interviewer-Editor, UCLA Oral History Program; B.A., music, UCLA; M.L.S., UCLA.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Recent efforts in support of veterans hospitals; diplomatic relations with senators and congressmen; potential for medical education at veterans hospitals; development of mental health clinics in California; treatment of mental retardation; Frank F. Tallman; Reiss-Davis Clinic; University of California Regents Edward A. Dickson and Howard C. Naffziger oppose psychiatric facility on UCLA campus; Warren's appointment to President John F. Kennedy's mental retardation program, 1962; working relationship with Kennedy administration; governors' conference on mental retardation, 1963; promotion of residential care institutions; rehabilitation programs; Warren family history; paternal grandfather's move to California during Gold Rush; father's birth in Hayward, California; Stafford's birth in Maxwell City, New Mexico; growing up in Hayward; Portuguese-American and Spanish-American communities; reading Scientific American and all of local Carnegie library collection; encouraged to study medicine by mother; undergraduate and first year and a half of medical studies at University of California, Berkeley; promoting biomedical library computerization; antivivisection agitators; meeting future wife, Viola Lockhart, at UC Berkeley; research fellowship, Hooper Foundation for Medical Research; Elmer Belt; volunteer fellowship, Johns Hopkins University; internship, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1923-25; appointment to University of Rochester staff; George Whipple; European tour; meeting Marie Curie; radiology investigations; setting up X-ray department at Rochester; George Eastman's work and suicide; Warren approached to work on Manhattan Project, 1942; moving family to Oak Ridge; recruited to UCLA as medical school dean, 1947; physical security for Manhattan Engineer District workers; testing hazardous radiation levels; uranium extraction; Lauren Donaldson's work on Columbia River fish; Robert Stone and radiation research at Chicago; family life at Oak Ridge; tours of bomb damage in Japan; Corps of Engineers' medical and sociological problems at Oak Ridge; Hymer Friedell; Colonel Stanley L. Stewart joins interview: Stewart's recruitment to work on Manhattan Project by General Leslie Groves, procurement work for Los Alamos, New Mexico; bomb tests; Joint Task Force One at Bikini; death of Louis Slotin; radiation tests at Bikini; security considerations; J. Robert Oppen-heimer's skill in mediating controversies; Oppenheimer's security problems; opposition to use of bomb; James Franck; Atomic Energy Commission and David E. Lilienthal; medical school program, UCLA; site planning; Janss Investment Company; David Allison and design of buildings; support from Provost Clarence A. Dykstra; start of biomedical library, 1947; Louise Darling and Lawrence Clark Powell; opposition encountered to having medical school at UCLA; dealing with University of California Board of Regents; building faculty; linking veterans hospitals electronically; organization of medical school departments; Chancellor Franklin D. Murphy's support for neuropsychiatric unit.