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Former Senator Paul E. Tsongas, Chairman of the Board of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, has announced the election of four new Whitehead Board Members.
At its June meeting, the Board elected two prominent business executives with extensive backgrounds in service to educational and scientific institutions. They are Norman Hascoe of Greenwich, CT, and Robert A. McCabe of New York City.
Mr. Hascoe is the founding principal of Hascoe Associates, Inc., a private investment company. He previously founded and ran several other companies, including Semi Alloys, Inc., a major manufacturer of advanced materials and high technology components for the semiconductor industry. He holds more than 100 patents for components or materials found in almost every computer, telecommunications equipment device, and other type of advanced electronic equipment on the market today.
Mr. McCabe is the president of Pilot Capital Corp., an investment firm that specializes in investing in developing companies. Before founding Pilot in 1987, he was a partner at Lehman Brothers, Inc. He is a director of Thermo Electron Corporation, Thermo Instruments Systems, Inc., Church & Dwight Co., Inc., Neutrogena Corp., and several other firms.
Two additional members were elected at the Board's September meeting: Patrick J. McGovern, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of International Data Group, and Dr. Leon E. Rosenberg, president of Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute.
Mr. McGovern, SB '59, oversees a global and integrated information services empire recognized as the world's leading provider of information on the technology industry. IDG Communications publishes more than 220 newspapers and magazines in 64 countries. Mr. McGovern has also been a member of the MIT Corporation since 1989.
Dr. Rosenberg oversees the biomedical research carried on by more than 4,000 scientists at the Bristol-Myers Squibb research facility. A former dean of Yale University School of Medicine, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and past president of the American Society of Human Genetics. His own research has provided insights on mechanisms reponsible for inherited metabolic disorders in children.
A version of this article appeared in the September 28, 1994 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 39, Number 6).