Jesse Steinfeld

1927 - 2014 (Age 87)


POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Jesse Steinfeld, who became the first surgeon general ever forced out of office by the president after campaigning against the dangers of smoking during the Richard Nixon era, has died in Southern California. He was 87.

His daughter, Susan Steinfeld, says her father died Tuesday morning in a nursing home in Pomona following a stroke he suffered a month ago.

As Nixon's surgeon general from 1969-1973, Steinfeld campaigned hard against the dangers of smoking. He changed cigarette package labels to state clearly that the habit was hazardous to health and called for a ban on smoking in restaurants, theaters, planes and other public places — decades before such prohibitions became commonplace.

That and other controversial actions put him at odds with the administration and he was asked to resign.

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My condolences to the family--Susie, if you see this,I would love for you to reach out to me. Terri Reynolds ( from Wilson High--and your roommate in the 80's)You can email me at [email protected] or find me on Facebook under Terri Reynolds Bunch...would love to reconnect after all these years.

We will miss Mr. Jesse Steinfeld's presence and his many contributions to his community. It is comforting to know that he is not suffering any longer and we look forward to seeing him in paradise when all residents will have perfect health for all eternity. Luke23:43;

Thank you for the lives you saved, even though the political figures were against your views. It takes courage to stand up for the truth. God bless you.

In memory of Jesse and his devoted mother, Lena Klein Steinfeld, who wanted to study medicine in her youth, when females were discouraged from pursuing careers outside the home.

Thank you sir for your service to this country. You stood up where many would have bowed. You stood for what was best for the people on this country and not the tobacco companies of this country. Thank you sir for a job well done. Time proved you to be correct in your decision.

May you find comfort and peace from knowing that "God of peace "gives comfort to those seeking him in prayer.

I wish to express my sincere sympathy to the Steinfeld family, may God comfort you during this difficult time. May your loving memories sustain you.

I send my condolences to the Steinfeld family and friends. I hope you can find comfort in knowing that your loved one is at peace ( Ecclesiastes 9 : 5,6).