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Robert T. Pottenger. Jr., MD, exemplified his family’s great pioneering spirit and abiding interest in nutritional science. He received his BA from Princeton University and his MD from Columbia Medical School. He interned at San Francisco County Hospital and did a residency at Stanislaus County Hospital, before starting a private practice in Hawaii and then Pasadena, CA. Dr. Pottenger specialized in internal medicine and chronic disease treatment, with special emphasis in the area of food allergy.
He was instrumental in the editing of the book Pottenger’s Cats – A Study in Nutrition. He was also an early advocate for legalization of raw milk in the Los Angeles area, writing many letters protesting the state mandate that all milk be pasteurized.
Some of his many affiliations included the American Association of Medical Milk Commissioners (acting president), the Society of Clinical Ecology (president), and the American Academy of Applied Nutrition. He also served as secretary and, later, an honorary board member, of PPNF.