Raymond Richard Neutra
Was born in Los Angeles in 1939.
Position and Work History: Retired in December 2007 as Chief of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control (DEODC) after 27 years at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). DEODC included the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch, the California Occupational Health Branch, the Environmental Health Laboratory Branch, the California Birth Defects Registry and the Environmental Health Investigations Branch. This Division of 200 people is responsible for conducting investigations and providing technical assistance and advice to State and County officials with regard to occupational and environmental problems.
Previous Work History: Before joining CDHS in 1980, he was a tenured Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the UCLA Medical School and the School of Public Health (February, 1977 to May, 1980), and an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School and the School of Public Health (June, 1973 to February, 1977).
He carried out epidemiological research in Cali, Colombia, SouthAmerica for three years and was medical officer for the Indian Health Service on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico (1966-1968).
Professional Activities: Dr. Neutra is board certified in preventive medicine. He is co-author of a textbook on clinical quantitative decision analysis and of a medical anthropological book on seizures among the Navajo. He has published more than a hundred scientific articles or book chapters.
Post Retirement Activities: Dr. Neutra is Chairman of the the Ethics and Philosophy Committee of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology where he has spearheaded the development of course materials on bias and conflict of interest He continues to lecture and write on environmental health policy, and causal inference in risk assessment. .He is helping to fund- raise for the Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Studio/ Residences. It became a National Historic Landmark in 2017. This was designed by his late father, architect Richard Neutra and his brother Dion. In 1990 it was left to Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design. (see www.neutra-vdl.org , www.neutrahistory.org and the photograph below) In 2017 he published an illustrated Kindle Book entitled “Cheap and Thin” Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright.” He has lectured on early modernism in Asia, Europe and North and South America.. He has a continuing interest in using digital photography to document early modernist buildings and patterns of architectural abstraction that he sees within them. He has written articles on architecture and architectural photography. He and his wife have volunteered with the Royal Institute of Health Sciences in Bhutan, the Dutch Public Health Institute and CREAL the center for research on environmental epidemiology in Barcelona . He is on the board of the Association of Monterey Area Preservationists and The Neutra Institute for Survival Through Design of which he is Secretary. This latter organization aims to preserve and beneficially use the Neutra legacy and to foster socially and ecologically responsible design that is inspired by or validated by evidence.
Neutra Institute for Survival Through Design