JFKWHP-AR6448-A (crop):  President Kennedy with Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, Anthony J. Celebrezze, 22 March 1961

Anthony Celebrezze replaced Abraham Ribicoff as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) in 1963. With the help of HEW Undersecretary Wilbur J. Cohen and Education Commissioner Francis Keppel, Celebrezze revitalized the department. He was responsible for creating the new Welfare Administration by separating public assistance and child health and welfare functions from the Social Security Administration. HEW was also granted the power to deny funds to any federal program, state, or institutions that practiced racial segregation.





1910 Born, Anzi, Italy

1936 LL.B., Ohio Northern University

1951-1953 Ohio State Senate

1953-1962 Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio

1963-1965 Secretary, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare

1963-1998 Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

1998 Died

See also

Oral History Project