The current position of Anthony J. Celebrezze, former secretary of health, education and welfare, was reported incorrectly in the Health section yesterday. He is senior judge of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


1953-55. Republican Oveta Culp Hobby, who had been editor and publisher of the Houston Post and today heads its board. She grappled with the problems of the new vaccines against polio, the scourge of the '40s and '50s. She cut off federal research funds for Nobelist Linus Pauling, citing his leftist politics. He managed to get other funding to continue work that helped create today's biological revolution.

1955-58. Republican Marion B. Folsom, treasurer of Eastman Kodak and a businessman known for advanced social ideas who joined the Eisenhower Administration as treasury undersecretary in 1953. He had served on President Roosevelt's Advisory Council on Economic Security, which helped draft the Social Security Act in 1934.

1958-61. Republican Arthur S. Flemming, who had been president of Ohio Wesleyan University. He later held many governmental and advisory posts and remains a staunch spokesman for the elderly and disadvantaged. In 1981 President Reagan fired him as chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. KENNEDY

1961-62. Abraham Ribicoff, who had been both a U.S. representative and two-term Democratic governor of Connecticut. He went on to become a U.S. senator strongly involved in social legislation.

1962-65. Democrat Anthony J. Celebrezze, who had been mayor of Cleveland. He is now chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. JOHNSON

1965-68. John W. Gardner. A Republican, he nonetheless joined President Johnson's "Great Society" effort. As HEW secretary, he launched Medicare, and Time magazine called him "the construction boss of Lyndon Johnson's visionary effort to build a Great Society." He went on to found Common Cause, a citizens' lobby for responsible government.

1968-69. Democrat Wilbur J. Cohen, former University of Michigan professor of public welfare administration. As an HEW official -- first assistant secretary for legislation, then undersecretary -- since 1961, he was a principal architect of Medicare and Medicaid. NIXON

1969-70. Robert H. Finch, who had been Republican lieutenant governor of California. He was seen as a politician on his way to bigger things, but it didn't happen. He fought more conservative opponents in the Nixon administration on school desegregation and civil rights enforcement.

1970-73. Republican Elliot L. Richardson, a former lawyer, HEW official and lieutenant governor, then attorney general of Massachusetts. He left HEW to become secretary of defense, then attorney general. He quit that job in protest rather than obey President Nixon's order to fire the Watergate special prosecutor.

1973-75. Republican Caspar W. Weinberger, who had been California Gov. Ronald Reagan's finance director. As Office of Management and Budget director for President Nixon in 1972-73, he was known as "Cap the Knife." Observers praised his unusual grasp of HEW's many problems. He is now secretary of defense. FORD

1975-77. F. David Mathews, a political independent who had been president of the University of Alabama. He became head of the Charles Kettering Foundation, which supports programs in government, science and education. CARTER

1977-79. Democrat Joseph A. Califano Jr. A former member of the Kennedy White House staff, then a prominent Washington lawyer, Califano battled hospitals and doctors in an unsuccessful attempt to pass President Carter's proposed hospital cost controls. He successfully relit the war on smoking and launched the agency into new efforts in disease prevention before tangling with White House officials who finally forced him out.

1979-81. Democrat Patricia Roberts Harris, who had been dean of the Howard University Law School, then Carter's secretary of housing and urban development. She was the first and only black secretary of HHS. REAGAN

1981-83. Republican Richard S. Schweiker, a Pennsylvanian who left the Senate to become Reagan's HHS secretary. He laid much of the groundwork for today's health cost controls.

1983-85. Margaret M. Heckler, who had been a Republican representative from Massachusetts for 16 years and senior woman in Congress. She had to defend the department against charges that it was doing too little about AIDS, then spend much of her time in disagreement with the White House staff before President Reagan persuaded her to become ambassador to Ireland.