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Lawyer , writer , public health policy educator

Joseph Anthony Califano,, lawyer, former United States Secretary of Health Education and Welfare. Bar: New York 1955, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1966, District of Columbia 1969. Recipient Distinguished Civilian Service award Department Army, 1964; Man of Year award Justinian Society Lawyers, 1966; Distinguished Public Service medal Department Defense, 1965; named One of Ten Outstanding Young Men of America, 1966.


Califano,, Joseph Anthony was born on May 15, 1931 in Brooklyn. Son of Joseph Anthony and Katherine (Gill) Califano.


Bachelor, Holy Cross College, 1952. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1955.


With firm, Dewey Ballantine, New York City, 1958-1961;special assistant to general counsel, Department Defense, 1961-1962;special assistant to secretary Army, 1962-1963;general counsel, Department Army, 1963-1964;special assistant to secretary and deputy secretary Defense, 1964-1965;special assistant to President of the United States, 1965-1969;partner, Arnold & Porter, Washington, 1969-1971;partner, Williams, Connolly & Califano, Washington, 1971-1977;secretary, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1977-1979;partner, Califano, Ross & Heineman, Washington, 1980-1982;senior partner, Dewey Ballantine, Washington, 1983-1992;professor public health policy, Columbia University Schools Medicine and Public Health, New York City, since 1992;chairman, president, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, New York City, since 1992. Board directors Authentic Fitness Corporation, automatic data processing, Inc., Chrysler Corporation, HealthPlan Superior vena cava syndrome, Inc., Kmart Corporation, Travelers Group Inc., Warnaco Inc. General counsel Democratic National Committee, 1971-1972.


  • Bar: New York 1955, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1966, District of Columbia 1969.


Trustee Urban Institute, American Ditchley Foundation, Century Fund, Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, National Health Museum. Board governors New York and Presbyterian Hospital Inc. Chairman Institute Social and Economic Policy in Middle East, Harvard University, 1983-1998.

Member New York State Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, Metropolitan Club (Washington), Century Association, University Club.


Married Hilary Paley Byers, 1983. Children by previous marriage: Mark Gerard, Joseph Anthony III, Claudia Frances. Stepchildren: Brooke A. Byers, John Fredric Byers IV.

Joseph Anthony Califano,

Katherine (Gill) Califano,

Hilary Paley Byers

Brooke A. Byers Califano,

John Fredric Byers IV Califano,