Fredrickson, Donald (cont.)

After two years as Scholar-in-Residence at the National Academy of Sciences, Fredrickson became first vice president, then president, CEO and trustee of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Fredrickson oversaw the sale of the Institute's sole asset, the Hughes Aircraft Company, for six billion dollars, as well as the Institute's subsequent expansion into the largest source of philanthropic support for biomedical research in the United States, dispensing research grants and supporting laboratories in hospitals. Moreover, Fredrickson organized the relocation of the Institute from Coconut Grove, Florida, to Chevy Chase, Maryland. From 1987 until his death, Fredrickson was Scholar-in-Residence at the National Library of Medicine. Drawing on his early medical training, he became personal physician to King Hassan II of Morocco in 1975, a service for which he was elected a member of the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco in 1991. Dr. Fredrickson died at his home in Bethesda in 2002.

Adapted from biographical information provided courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.


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