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James Henry Rand
Born: 23 Feb 1913 of New York
Died: 6 Nov 1978 Euclid, Ohio
Father: James H. Rand
Siblings: James Henry Rand
Marcell Rand
Children: Miriam Rand
Deborah Rand
Spouse: Martha Maud Osborne
Married: 8 Jul 1975

Obituary

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Tuesday, November 7, 1978:

RAND DIES, DEVELOPER OF BANNED VACCINE

H. James Rand, developer of the controversial Rand cancer vaccine that was banned by the federal government, died yesterday at his home in Euclid. He was 65.

A diabetic since the age of 38, he also had a heart pacemaker since 1974 and had been suffering from abdominal cancer since last February. He used the cancer vaccine on himself, said his wife, Martha.

Rand also invented the Bendix automatic washer, the original Remington shaver, an electronic larynx, an alternating pressure point air mattress, a non-leaking faucet valve and a metal-impregnated cloth called Milium, which was used to line coats. He was co-inventor of a defibrillator and a respirator for chest surgery.

Rand moved here from Westport, Conn. in 1947 and set up his laboratory in an old carriage house opposite his home in Bratenhal.

In 1949 he founded and served as president of the Rand Development Corp., and later opened an office in Moscow. Rand began manufacturing his cancer vaccine in 1966. The following year the federal government took his firm to U.S. District Court and won a ban on the vaccine's manufacture and use in the United States. The trial was fraught with desperate cancer patients pleading for continued use of the vaccine. In 1968 a federal grand jury indicted Rand on charges of stock manipulation and mail fraud. Those charges were dropped in 1970 because they were based on the 1967 vaccine ban case in which Rand had testified, and violated his right against self-incrimination.

An improved version of the vaccine was later tested in Mexico and showed some good results, Rand said in a 1977 interview. Results of the tests have been published in Austria, but have never been accepted in this country. The Mexican government is now backing a project using the vaccine.

Rand Development went bankrupt in 1972 and the assets, contents of labs and offices at 13600 Deise Ave., were sold at auction.

Rand's first interest was always medical research and he began working on cancer research while he was a 15-year-old student at the University of Vienna.

His father, James H. Rand Jr., invented a card-indexing machine for banks and founded the Remington Rand Corp.

The son changed his name from James H. III to H. James in order to establish his own identity.

Rand first came to Cleveland as a 13-year-old runaway from Peekskill (N.Y.) Military Academy where he felt he would not learn anything new in science. The previous summer he had worked in a Kansas laboratory for Dr. Orville Cunningham, proprietor of an experimental laboratory on Lake Shore Blvd. here.

A bit fearful of approaching Cunningham, Rand instead got a job as a salesman, but was caught and returned to school, which he completed in two years instead of the usual four. From there he went to the University of Vienna for a year then to the University of Berlin.

At 16 he entered the University of Virginia, where he unofficially attended medical school classes. After several years he was prevented from continuing medical school until he got the proper credits, and he abruptly ended his formal education.

When he was in his early 20's Rand owned a chain of 58 radio stations.

During World War II he was a spy in the French underground and later was in the Office of Strategic Services. After joining the Army, he worked in the White House map room until presidential aide Harry Hopkins discovered he was the son of a prominent Republican, and he was banished. Later he became assistant chief of guided missiles in the Army.

Rand was past President of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and was chairman of the 1949 heart campaign here. Bethany (W.Va. ) College gave him an honorary doctorate and the Cleveland Jaycees named him Young Man of the Year. His wife said he founded the Cleveland Heart Society in 1953. He was a founding member of the National Inventors Council.

Besides his wife, survivors include daughters, Miriam Smith and Deborah Cochran; stepdaughter, Mary Angulo, 13 grandchildren and twin brother, Marcell.

Sources

Rand, James
Birth Date: 23 Feb 1913
Death Date: Nov 1978
Social Security Number: 116-07-3928
State Number Was Issued: New York
Death Residence Zip Code: 44132
Localities:
Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio  
Euclid, Cuyahoga, Ohio  
Noble, Cuyahoga, Ohio

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