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About the JHSPH Frederick Oral History Project

The purpose of this project is to collect and share oral histories from members of the Frederick community and public health professionals about a potential cancer cluster in the community around Fort Detrick. Believing that their concerns about exposures from the nearby Army base had been ignored for decades, some in Frederick wanted to share their stories about losing family and friends to cancer and their beliefs about the cause.

At the request of the Frederick County health officer and a community advisory committee in Frederick, we conducted video interviews with 12 community members and 9 public health professionals regarding the investigation. The interviews were conducted over a three-month period from July to October, 2012.

Johns Hopkins Project Team

Beth Resnick
Brian W. Simpson
Patti Truant
Spencer Greer
Jennifer X. Le
Emily Trogolo


We would like to thank the following people for participating in the JHSPH Frederick Oral History .

Oral History Participants

Paul Gordon
Gerald Koehl
Bill Krantz
Jim Krantz
Jennifer Peppe Hahn 
Angie Piper White
Carroll Rice
Violet Rice
Shirley Rice
Bob Roberson
George Rudy
Randy White

Public Health Professionals

John Bailar, National Academy of Sciences Committee
Barbara Brookmyer, Frederick County Health Officer
Tom Burke, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Diane Dwyer, Maryland Cancer Registry
Bill Hudson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Susan Martel, National Academy of Sciences Committee Staff
Cliff Mitchell, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Hank Sokolowski, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Lora Werner, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)