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Cedar Tree Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

The foundation focuses on the following areas of concern: sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and environmental health. The foundation will give particular consideration to proposals demonstrating strong elements of environmental justice, and conservation.


Established in 1994 in DE - Dr. Smith earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester in 1958 and received a three-year postdoctoral fellowship from Harvard Medical School. In 1976, Dr. Smith returned to his alma mater, the University of Rochester, where he chaired the pediatrics department. While at the University of Rochester, Dr. Smith, along with his colleague Dr. Porter Anderson, created a vaccine for the bacteria that caused spinal meningitis. Pharmaceutical companies were not interested in the Drs.' proposal of bringing their vaccine to the market. So, in April of 1983, Dr. Smith left his position as chair of the pediatrics department and founded his own Biotech company, Praxis Biologics. He was able to bring his vaccine to the market, and within ten years the number of cases of spinal meningitis plummeted from 20,000 in 1987 to 81 in 1997. In 1996, Dr. Smith was awarded both the Lasker Prize and the Pasteur Award from the World Health Organization. Later, he sold Praxis Biologics and moved to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts where he turned his attention to conservation work. In recognition of his work for conservation science on the Vineyard, The Nature Conservancy selected Dr. Smith as the recipient of the 1997 Conservation Achievement Award. In addition, he was presented with the Governor's Award for Open Space Preservation in Massachusetts in 1998


Cedar Tree Foundation

Family foundation




100 Franklin St., Ste. 704 Boston, MA United States 02110-1401

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