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John Reese Seffrin, American health science association administrator, educator. Named Sagamore of Wabash, State of Indiana, 1980, 1988; recipient Outstanding Alumnus award, Ball State University, 1982, Surgeon General's Certified appreciation, United States Public Health Service, 1992, Presidential citation, Society Public Health Education, 2007.


Seffrin, John Reese was born on May 19, 1944 in Hagerstown, Indiana, United States. Son of Theodore H. and Mary Ellen (Reese) Seffrin.


Bachelor of Science in Education, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1966. Doctor of Science (honorary), Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1994. Master of Science, University Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1967.

Doctor of Philosophy in Health Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1970. Doctor in Social Science (honorary), Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 2003. Doctor of Science (honorary), Thomas Jefferson University, Medical College Philadelphia, 2008.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Indiana University, Bloomington, 2008.


Assistant professor health education Purdue University, 1970—1976, associate professor, chair health & safety education, 1976—1979. Professor, chairman department applied health science Indiana University, Bloomington, 1979—1992. Executive vice president, chief staff officer American Cancer Society, Atlanta, 1992—1995, Chief Executive Officer, since 1995.

Trustee American Cancer Society Foundation, since 1992. Commissioner-at-large National Commission Health Education Credentialing, 1995—2000. Charter member, member steering committee C-Change (formerly National Dialog on Cancer), 1999.

Member subcommittee on cessation Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, 2002—2003. Board directors Healthcare Inc.


National board directors American Lung Association, 1980—1990. Treasurer Partnership for Prevention of Premature Death, Disease and Disability, since 1991. Member President's Commission on Improving Economic Opportunity in Communities Dependent on Tobacco Production While Protecting Public Health, 2000—2001.

Trustee Center Advancement Health, 2003—2005. President State Welfare Board Indiana Department Public Welfare, 1979—1980, 1982—1984. Treasurer Midwest Nuclear Board, 1973—1975.

Chairman community education committee American Lung Association, 1981—1983, vice president, 1980, president, 1982. Board directors National Center Tobacco-Free Kids, since 1996. Chairman board directors National Health Council, 1998—2000.

Past president International Union against Cancer. Board directors Wabash Center for the Mentally Retarded, 1970—1973. Fellow: American School Health Association (member governing council 1979-1981, 1982-1989, president 1987-1988, Howe award 1991).

Member: National Academy of Sciences (National Cancer Policy Board 1997—2002), American Medical Association, American Academy Family Physicians (public advisory board since 1999), Research American (board directors since 1996), Independent Sector 1997—2006, National Interagy. Council on Smoking and Health since 1979, International Union Against Cancer (ex-officio member United States national committee since 2000, president 2002-2006), Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation 1976, (Certified of Appreciation 1977, Honor award 1982), American Cancer Society (director Indiana Division 1977-1990, chairman Indiana Division 1982-1985, director-at-large to national board directors, chairman national public education committee 1984-1987, national vice president 1986-1987, chairman national board directors 1989-1991), Indiana Thoracic Society (member governing council 1977-1984), Indiana Family Health Council (director 1979-1981, vice president 1980-1981, president 1981), Indiana Association Health Educators 1975-1976, (chair 1997—2000), Association for Advancement Health Education (board directors 1989-1992), National Association State Boards of Education (commission on school community role in improving adolescent health 1989-1990), Eta Sigma Gamma, Phi Delta Kappa.


Married Carole Sue Washburn, April 16, 1966. 1 child Mary.