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educator , physician

Rulon Wells Rawson was American physician, educator. Recipient award American Goiter Association, 1959, Centennial award Northwestern University, 1959, Distinguished Golden Eagle Scout award Boy Scouts American, 1969, Distinguished Physician award New Jersey Academy Medicine, 1972, Distinguished Alumnus award University Utah, 1977.


Rawson, Rulon Wells was born on September 28, 1908 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States. Son of Wilford Woodruff and Eugenia (Lefgren) Rawson.


Student, Weber College, 1927. Student, University Utah, 1932. Bachelor of Medicine, Northwestern University, 1937.

Doctor of Medicine, Northwestern University, 1938.


Research fellow Harvard University Medical School, 1938-1942, instructor and Henry P. Walcott fellow clinical medicine, 1942-1945, associate medicine, 1945-1947, assistant professor medicine, 1947-1948. Assistant physician Massachusetts General Hospital, 1946-1947, associate physician medicine, 1947-1948. Associate professor medicine Cornell University Medical College, 1948-1951, professor, 1951-1967.

Attending physician Memorial Hospital, New York City, 1948-1968, chairman department medicine, 1958-1968. Chief department clinical research Sloan-Kettering Institute, 1948-1967. Professor medicine, dean, vice president New Jersey College Medicine and Dentistry, 1967-1972.

Professor medicine, vice president for education and program development University Texas M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, 1972-1973. Director extramural programs University Texas System Cancer Center, 1972-1975, director program planning, 1975-1977. Associate director for science operations, chairman working cadre National Large Bowel Cancer Project, 1972-1977.

Director Bonneville Center for Research on Cancer Cause and Prevention, 1977-1981, now retired. Member advisory committee medical uses of isotopes Atomic Energy Commission, 1959-1969. Member committee on personnel for research American Cancer Society, 1958-1963, chairman, 1959-1963.

Member advisory committee senior clinical traineeship program Department of Health, 1962-1967, member advisory council on health manpower, 1967-1970.


  • Other Work

    • Author science papers, chapters in texts on physiology and diseases of the thyroid and endocrinology of cancer.


Member executive board Hutchinson River council Boy Scouts American, 1961-1972, vice president, 1963-1972, chairman Pelham district, 1961-1963, also member National council. Fellow New York Academy Medicine. Member American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Physiological Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Goiter Association (council 1950-1953, president 1955-1956), Endocrine Society (president 1966-1967, chairman publications committee 1957-1963), American Association Cancer Research, American Society Clinical Investigation, New York State Medical Society, Harvey Society (secretary 1955-1958), Association American Physicians.

Clubs: Harvard (New York City).


Married Jane Young, August 21, 1940. Children: James R.Y., Elizabeth Jane, Daniel Y.

Wilford Woodruff Rawson

Eugenia (Lefgren) Rawson

Jane Young

James R.Y. Rawson

Elizabeth Jane Rawson

Daniel Y. Rawson