News from the Society / Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine

Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine

I’m very pleased to announce that Captain Lee R Mandel, MC, USN, has agreed to join the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine. He takes the seat previously held by RADM Doug Moore, SC, USN, RET, a good friend–and lawyer–who helped us jump through the paperwork hoops to get the Foundation up and running. Lee is a real sea-going Medical Officer, recently returned from a tour aboard one of our aircraft carriers (memory fails me as to which one) and he now is the Command Medical Officer aboard the Navy Safety Center in Norfolk. He’s also an outstanding historian, and has given a paper at one of our annual panels. He will join a Board already noted for its distinguished members, RADM Fred Sanford, MC, USN, RET, and Professors Harry Langley and Annette Finley-Croswhite.


The Board oversees the operations of the Foundation, the Mission of which is to support the work of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine. It is a 501(c)(3) public benefit charity. This year, thanks to your tax-deductible dues-donations and Life Memberships, we had the pleasure and honor to provide $750 Travel Grants to four graduate students giving papers at our panels at the Naval Academy History Symposium.

The Board just this week approved a Grant to the Naval Historical Foundation to assist in acquiring the shipboard journal of Civil War Acting Assistant Surgeon Ezra Pray. Once this journal is digitized, it will be given to the Collection at the Historical Office at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.


Does anyone know the whereabouts of Society member Arnel de la Peña? Since he retired from the Navy, he has apparently fallen off the face of the known earth. I’ve made inquiry through all my semi-official Navy sources to no avail. So I call upon you. If you know CDR de la Peña’s contact information, please send it to me. We hate to lose touch with our members!


The Naval Order of the United States, at its annual Congress in Galveston this past weekend elected me to be their “Surgeon General” for 2011-2013. The Order, established in 1890, is the oldest Navy-related society in the country. Its Mission is to promote the history of the Navy through research, study and publication. As Surgeon General, I will have the opportunity to write about the history of naval and  maritime medicine in the Order’s quarterly publication, and at its meetings. Membership in the Order is by invitation or through inheritance. After perusing the Order’s website, if you are interested in becoming a Companion in the Order (or an Associate if you do not meet the requirements for Companionship) please contact me.

© 2011 Thomas L Snyder, MD

About thomaslsnyder

Retired urological surgeon and navy reservist. Writing the history of the Navy's first hospital on the U S west coast, at Mare Island, California. Founder and Executive Director, the Society for the History of Navy Medicine. Founder and Coordinator of the Albany Base Hospital No. 33 Society, a military affinity group at Albany Medical College, my alma mater. Past Commander of the San Francisco Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States and founder and past Commander of the Naval Order's "virtual" Continental Commandery. Naval Order Ship's Store manager and Assistant Treasurer General. Member of the Solano County (California) Historical Records Commission.
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