Boffey, Philip M. "Dr. Marks' Crusade: Shaking Up Sloan-Kettering for a New Assault on

 

Boffey, Philip M. "Dr. Marks' Crusade: Shaking Up Sloan-Kettering for a New Assault on
Cancer," New York Times Magazine, 26 April 1987, pp. 27ff.

Here is one of the Times' principal science writers providing a view of the goings-on at a major
cancer research and treatment center. The Times' view is contained in the subtitle: the new
President, with all kinds of new powers to administer, is shaking things up. It has been a
troublesome time at Sloan- Kettering but now the thrust is clear. Gone is the day of the
immunologist (personified in former President Robert Good). The day of the geneticist and the
microbiologist is at hand. Gone are the days of heavy surgery. There is been a purge of old hands,
who had to go in order to install the new order.

Perhaps the greatest importance of this article for this bibliography is the use of Good's
relationship to Summerlin as an "excuse" to get rid of him. Good came on the scene in 1973:
"But the dream quickly faded. In 1974, one of Good's proteges, William T. Summerlin..." I can't
decide whether Marks is serious about Good's relationship to Summerlin or whether he just used
that relationship as a new broom. "Under Paul Marks, the first to go from the center was Robert
Good, head of research and Time coverman. Key board members held Good responsible for the
painted-mouse scandal and for creating an atmosphere in which a scientist could resort to
cheating. Marks at first told Good that he would stay on as a tenured senior scientist, and Good
accepted. But as months went by, Good found his scientific accomplishments denigrated or
ignored. Good lost his spacious office. His laboratory was moved into smaller quarters. Budgets
for his favored research projects in immunology were cut. Although Marks denies it, others say
he asked Good to leave. A settlement agreement was negotiated that both sides described as
generous, and Good left at the end of 1981." (p. 66) Of course, Marks may have wanted an
excuse to dismiss Good and the Summerlin case was useful in this regard. But the implication
here is that there were board members who thought Good had brought disgrace to the center.

There is a small insight into what Big Science means: "Laurence Rockefeller toured with Joan
Marks to look for a suitable East Side apartment. When the right place was found, on Park
Avenue, Rockefeller himself put up about $500,000 to buy it. Schmidt (Chairman) added another
$165,000 for remodeling." (p. 66) Science apparently pays quite well.