Another Sad Legacy Scrubbed But A Little Too Late

Dark History Across the River at Rockefeller University, Part 2

Updated 22 weeks ago David Stone
Rockefeller University
Rockefeller University

Two years ago, we shared with readers the concealed story of Rockefeller University's earliest days as home to pioneers in the disgraced science of eugenics that seeded Naziism in Germany. Now, the New York Times reports on another brand of hidden history at the research institute, this one more current, raw and belatedly revealed.

Last month, Rockefeller University sent a letter to over 1,000 children, mostly boys, who may have been molested there.

Dr. Reginald Archibald, an endocrinologist affiliated with Rockefeller from 1942 until 1987, who died in 2007, is accused of molesting children brought to his office because they were not growing.

What's troubling is that the university concedes knowing about credible reports since 2004 when it notified the Manhattan District Attorney and hired a law firm, Debevoise and Plimpton, to investigate. Additional incidents were discovered, but Rockefeller failed, at the time, to reach out to many of the 9,000 patients on whom Dr. Archibald kept records.

The District Attorney could not immediately confirm that the 2004 allegations had been received during a time when the accused doctor was still alive.

Former patients, according to the Times, "...remembered his strange methods. Their allegations suggest a pattern of sexual abuse from the 1950s through the 1970s among patients as young as 6 and as old as 17."

“To know that they knew about this in 2004 and didn’t reach out to people, it’s absolutely outrageous,” one alleged victim told the Times. 

It wasn't until earlier this year, when new allegations surfaced, that Rockefeller contacted more than 1,000 patients they were able to locate. The letter prompted additional accusations, including one of rape, against Dr. Archibald.

You can read the hospital's official statement here.

The hospital said it has scrubbed Dr. Archibald’s name from its web pages and rescinded his emeritus status.

Rockefeller University has never acknowledged its roots in the eugenics movement nor has it scrubbed the names of any of its participants.


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