Letter Accepting Resignation of John W. Gardner as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare.
I accept your resignation with deep regret. You have served your Nation and your President well and faithfully. You have helped to build HEW during a critical period of its growth and to administer programs which touch the lives of all our citizens.
I have appreciated your willingness to stay in government beyond the term of your original commitment. I am pleased that you are going to undertake leadership in the area of pressing urban problems. You may count on my continued strong support in any way I can be helpful.
LYNDON B. JOHNSON
[Honorable John W. Gardner, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, D.C.]
Note: John W. Gardner served as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare from August 18, 1965, to March 1, 1968. His letter of resignation and a memorandum to the President summarizing recent developments in the fields served by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare are printed in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (vol. 4, p. 125).
Lyndon B. Johnson, Letter Accepting Resignation of John W. Gardner as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/237128