papers of Clifford b. reifler
Clifford Bruce Reifler, MD, MPH (1931-1998) was director of the University
Health Service (UHS) at the University of Rochester from 1970 until his retirement
in 1994. The Papers of Clifford B. Reifler represent his work in student health
and adolescent psychiatry at the University of North Carolina (1963-1970)
and the University of Rochester (1970-1994), as well as his involvement with
the Commission on Obscenity & Pornography (1970-1971) and the American
College Health Association (1966-1997). The collection was presented to the
Edward G. Miner Library by Dr. Reifler during his final illness. Processing
the Papers of Clifford B. Reifler was completed in October 2003. The collection
is contained in fifty-two boxes and occupies thirty linear feet.
Clifford Bruce Reifler was born in Chicago, Illinois on 28 December 1931.
He attended the Chicago public schools and the Northwestern Military &
Naval Academy (Lake Geneva, WI) before entering the Universty of Chicago,
from which he received his A.B. in 1951. CBR also earned a B.S. from Northwestern
University in 1953. After receiving his medical degree from Yale University
Medical School in 1957, CBR interned at the University Hospital, Ann Arbor,
MI (1957-1958), and did a residency in psychiatry at the University of Rochester's
Strong Memorial Hospital (1958-1961). He then entered the active ranks of
the U.S. Air Force as a captain. From 1961 to 1963 CBR was Research Psychiatrist
with the 6570th Aerospace Medical Laboratories at Wright-Patterson Air Force
Base in Dayton, Ohio. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force reserves
In 1963 CBR was appointed Instructor in Psychiatry at the University of North
Carolina (Chapel Hill), and Associate Physician in charge of psychiatry for
its Student Health Service. He earned a Master's in Public Health from the
University of North Carolina School of Public Health in 1967. When Reifler
left UNC, he was Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine,
Associate Professor of Mental Health in the School of Public Health, and Senior
Psychiatrist and Director of the Student Health Service's Division of Mental
Health. While at Chapel Hill, CBR also conducted research for the federal
government's Commission on Obscenity & Pornography.
CBR came to the University of Rochester in 1970 to head the University Health
Service. He also held appointments as Professor of Health Services, Professor
of Psychiatry, and Professor of Community & Preventive Medicine. His career
at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry included
service as Interim Vice-President for Student Affairs (1980-1981), Medical
Director for Strong Memorial Hospital (1983-1985), and Senior Associate Dean
for Clinical Affairs (1983-1985). CBR was made Professor Emeritus of Health
Services and Psychiatry in 1994.
Dr. Reifler was nationally known for his work in the field of college health
care and adolescent psychiatry. He was an active member of the American College
Health Association for over thirty years, serving as a member of its Executive
Board, president (1976-1977), editor of the American journal of college
health , and member of the numerous consultation committees that reviewed
the health services of American universities. CBR co-authored three books
and published sixty articles.
CBR married Barbara Karnuth on 11 September 1954. They had three daughters:
Margery, Cynthia, and Angela. Dr. Reifler died on 12 May 1998 at Strong Memorial
Hospital, Rochester, N.Y.
General Files (Boxes 1-3)
- The General Files contain records of personal data, including curricula
vitae, grade reports & transcripts, record of military service, medical
licensures, etc. Also included in this series are CBR's doctoral thesis
and a bound volume of his reprints.
University of North Carolina (Boxes 4-6)
- The files generated during CBR's tenure at UNC from 1963 to 1970 include
grant applications; research material; student health studies; committee
minutes & reports; copies of lectures & papers; and correspondence
pertaining to his recruitment while at UNC by the University of Rochester
and other institutions. These files are arranged alphabetically.
Commission on Obscenity & Pornography (Boxes 7-8)
- On 3 October 1967, the 90th Congress passed a public law creating a Commission
on Obscenity & Pornography in response to "national concern" about "traffic
in obscenity and pornography." One of the Commission's four charges was
"to study the effect of obscenity and pornography upon the public, and particularly
minors, and its relationship to crime and other antisocial behavior." CBR
was one of the senior research psychiatrists at UNC to participate in this
study. These files includes the UNC team's final report, CBR's testimony
before the U.S. House of Representatives in 1970, and the Commission's published
report. (N.B.: Part VI of the Technical report is lacking from
University Health Service (Boxes 9-29)
- This series comprehends documents that represent CBR's activities as Director
of UHS from 1970 to 1994. It is divided into three subseries. The first,
Correspondence Named (Boxes 9-10), contains correspondence from or to CBR
arranged alphabetically by correspondent. The second, Correspondence Chronological
(Boxes 11-16), contains correspondence from or to CBR arranged by date of
- The third subseries, General Files (Boxes 17-29), is arranged alphabetically
by topic. Embracing a broad variety of material, it includes various UHS
committee minutes & reports; documentation of CBR's involvement in regional
and national associations; consultations with other institutions regarding
student health services - excluding those conducted under the aegis of the
ACHA (see Boxes 43-47); environmental health & safety issues within
the Medical School; UHS Mental Health Section grants, reports, and correspondence.
University of Rochester (Boxes 30-33)
- The topics within this series often overlap those in the UHS General Files.
They focus, however, on student and staff health issues on the University's
River Campus, rather than at the Medical Center. This series includes files
on health policy (e.g., student drug use, AIDS, athletic medicine, etc.);
health & safety issues, and so on.
University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry Admissions
Committee (Boxes 34-36)
- CBR was a member of the Admissions Committee for the School of Medicine
from 1985 to 1996. These files include student application information,
records of CBR's interviews with applicants, and his comments and recommendations
regarding admission. This series is closed to researchers until
the year 2050.
American College Health Association (Boxes 37-49)
- CBR was a member of the ACHA for more than thirty years, and served the
Association in many capacities, including as its president (1976-1977).
This series includes a file for nearly every ACHA annual meeting between
1966 and 1997; files generated by the various committees on which CBR served
(including the Executive Board and Council of Delegates); and consultations
conducted by the ACHA that evaluated student health services at some twenty
American colleges and universities.
Diplomas, Certificates and Awards (Boxes 50-53)
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