Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Inducted in 2004
Terry, a former U.S. surgeon general, quit smoking in late 1963. A few months later, Terry made it his mission to get others to join him.In January 1964, he released the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health. That groundbreaking report concluded that smoking causes cancer, chronic bronchitis and could contribute to cardiovascular disease and emphysema and other cancers. Terry's report was the progenitor of the warning labels commonly found on cigarettes and other tobacco products. Terry's first government job came in 1942 when he went to the Public Health Service Hospital in Baltimore. A year later, he would become chief of medicine. He then went on to work for the National Heart Institute in Bethesda, Md., and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine before President John F. Kennedy tapped him as surgeon general in 1961. His focus in the beginning was on seat-belt safety and improvements in American Indian healthcare.