Medicine: Hopkins to Rockefeller

For only the third time in 52 years, trustees of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research met in Manhattan last week to pick a new head for their hospital and laboratories overlooking the East River.* As successor to the late great Dr. Simon Flexner and to Dr. Herbert Spencer Gasser, now retiring at 64 after directing the institute for 18 years, the trustees chose Dr. Detlev Wulf Bronk, 55, president of Johns Hopkins University since 1949. They also streamlined the institute's internal-command setup and elected David Rockefeller, 38, the founder's grandson, as, their own chairman.

Small but heavily endowed, the institute...

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