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Edward Brandt Assistant Secretary for Health Speech Collection 1981-1984
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Biographical Note

Dr. Edward N. Brandt Jr., was born in Oklahoma City on July 3, 1933. He earned his undergraduate, medical and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oklahoma and a master's from Oklahoma State University.

After training in internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma, he joined its medical faculty in 1961, teaching preventive medicine and eventually becoming associate dean and associate director of the medical center. In 1970, he moved to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he eventually became executive dean.

From 1977 to 1981, Dr. Brandt was in Austin as vice chancellor of health affairs for the University of Texas System.

He was assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and acting surgeon general of the Public Health Service from 1981-1984. He oversaw the nation's initial response to AIDS and, in contrast to President Reagan's policies, worked diligently behind the scenes to ensure AIDS research maintained a top research priority for the Public Health Service.

(NY Times obituary