Secretaries of the Department
of Health and Human Services

Name Dates of Office
From
To
Oveta Culp HobbyApr. 11, 1953 July 31, 1955
Marion B. FolsomAug. 1, 1955July 31, 1958
Arthur S.FlemmingAug. 1, 1958Jan. 1, 1961
Abraham A. RibicoffJan. 20, 1961July 13, 1962
Anthony J. CelebrezzeJuly 31, 1962Aug. 17, 1965
John W. GardnerAug. 18, 1965Feb. 29, 1968
Wilbur J. CohenMay 9, 1968Jan. 19, 1969
Robert H. FinchJan. 22, 1969June 24, 1970
Elliott L. RichardsonJune 24, 1970Jan. 29, 1973
Caspar W. WeinbergerFeb. 12, 1973Aug. 10, 1975
David MathewsAug. 8, 1975Jan. 20, 1977
Joseph A. Caifano, Jr.Jan. 26, 1977July 19, 1979
Patricia Roberts HarrisJuly 27, 1979Jan. 19, 1981
Richard S. SchweikerJan. 22, 1981Feb. 3, 1983
Margaret M. HecklerMar. 9, 1983Dec. 12, 1985
Otis R. BowenDec. 13, 1985Jan. 20, 1989
Louis SullivanMar. 1, 1989
* Name changed from Department of Health, Education, and Welfare on May 14, 1980; separate Department of Education formed.