|Birth: ||Dec. 15, 1931, USA|
|Death: ||Feb. 9, 2009|
Charles Althafer, 77, Atlanta, formerly of San Diego and Genoa City (Wisconsin), died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, in Atlanta. He was born Dec. 15, 1932, the son of the late Rev. and Mrs. Arthur Althafer, formerly of Genoa City, where he grew up. He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War.
His career as an employee of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, began in 1966, after the San Diego County Council on Smoking and Health Education applied for a federal research grant to establish a model program to prevent smoking and he was assigned to work with the program. The controversial project, known as Smoking Research/San Diego and funded by the U.S. Public Health Service, was under the auspices of the San Diego Medical Society that teamed with major medical, governmental and educational entities, the Cancer Society, Heart Association and Lung Association. The target was the most preventable form of illness, smoking-related diseases.
Althafer assembled staffs of health education professionals and public relations to take the program into the community with school programs, educational efforts with local industry and working with health professionals. An informational booth at the San Diego County Fair dispensed hand-outs and media presentations and Althafer helped run the booth, talking to thousands of people on the topic.
In 1970, the San Diego city council became interested in banning smoking in city-run buildings and asked for assistance from the project to help with the establishment of city ordinances. These efforts were followed by the county and the state of California to ban public smoking. Other activity for the project established programs pushing for rights of nonsmokers to avoid secondhand smoke. The project ended in 1974 when the Nixon administration discontinued funding for it. Data showed that the project's most important effects were with school-age children.
Following the end of the project, Althafer and his family moved to Atlanta and he became deputy director of the federal anti-smoking program at the CDC headquarters. He continued to work against smoking and worked in the development of reports the surgeon general released concerning smoking. He also worked with other experts to develop a computer program that could estimate an adult's risk of dying, based on activities such as smoking, drinking and seat-belt use.
Althafer is survived by his wife, Nancy; a son, Chuck Althafer, Sugar Hill, Ga.; daughters, Martha Althafer, Atlanta, and Holly Quinn, McDonough, Ga.; and a sister, Carol (Hubert) Hafs, Lake Geneva.
Memorial services were held in Atlanta, with burial in a national cemetery in the area.
[Published in the Lake Geneva WI Regional News Thursday Feb. 26, 2009]
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Record added: Feb 26, 2009
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