Lee Stauffer received his Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota in 1955. He joined the faculty of the School of Public Health in 1955 as a sanitarian and assistant professor. From 1970 to 1982, Stauffer served as Dean of the School of Public Health. He retired from the University of Minnesota in 1991.
Lee Stauffer begins by discussing his background, including his education and employment history. He describes his experiences working for Gaylord Anderson, becoming dean of the UMN School of Public Health, working as a sanitarian, inspecting student housing for the UMN, as assistant to the public health engineer, as a student in the School of Public Health, and as dean of the School of Public Health. He discusses Gaylord Anderson, Lyle French, Richard Bond, Ancel Keys, Robert Howard, Alma Sparrow, Henry Blackburn, Richard Chilgren, Edith Leyasmeyer, and Neal Vanselow. He describes the School of Public Health in the 1950s and 1960s; the Environmental Health summer institute courses and the ground water development training program; the relationship between divisions in the School of Public Health; the position of the School of Public Health within the College of Medical Sciences; space; funding; concern about a shortage of health care workers in the 1950s and 1960s and federal support to increase enrollment in the School of Public Health; the controversy about the salary difference between himself and the dean of the School of Nursing, Isabel Harris; the nursing Ph.D. program; the public health nursing program; the Rural Health Care Committee; the state legislature; the Department of Family Practice and Community Health; continuing medical education; the Medical School’s relationship with private practitioners; the health sciences reorganization in 1970; the effort to establish a School of Allied Health; the environmental activism movement and activism on campus during the 1960s and 1970s; the Pilot City Health Project; the Program in Human Sexuality; the Center for Health Services Research; the focus on health care delivery in the 1970s; budget retrenchment in the late 1970s/early 1980s; the public health administration program; and recruiting minority students.
Lee Stauffer was born in Wisner, Nebraska, on March 20, 1929. He received his BS from the University of Nebraska in 1951 and his Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota in 1955. After he received his BS, he worked as a sanitarian for the Lancaster County Health Department in Nebraska from 1951-52. He then worked for the UMN University Health Service as a housing inspector (1952-54) and as an assistant to the public health engineer (1954-55). Stauffer then joined the faculty of the UMN School of Public Health, first as a sanitarian and instructor (1955-58), then senior sanitarian and assistant professor (1958-62), and assistant professor and assistant director (1962-66). From 1966-68, he was executive secretary of the American College Health Association. In 1970, he returned to the UMN as assistant director of Continuation Medical Education in the College of Medical Sciences and assistant professor of the School of Public Health. In 1970, he was appointed dean of the School of Public Health. He resigned in 1982 to return to the faculty and conduct research. He retired in 1991.