David A Sterling

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David A Sterling was the second son of Theodor D Sterling, one of the most notorious dissemblers working for the tobacco industry during the 1980s and 1990s. David Sterling pursued an academic career, but he worked on the side for his father via the family company, Theodor D Sterling & Associates which was a major contractor to the tobacco industry -- and probably also worked for other industries with poisoning or polluting problems. This was an ethics-free zone.

David's brother Elia Sterling ran the family company, and held executive positions in various committees of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) organisation which oversaw the standards used in maintaining Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in offices and factories around the world. See Theodor D Sterling and the company TDS Ltd.

This is a split entry
See also Sterling Family (Doc Index)
Father & Company Theodor D. Sterling
Brother:     Elia M. Sterling

David held a number of positions in universities, and did contract work for the tobacco industry on the side. He did a number of studies with Demetrios J Moschandreas at IITRI (Illinois Institute of Technology, Research Institute) a Chicago research establishment, and also with groups from Simon Frazer and the Old Dominion University, Norfolk Virginia, where he became Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Program, in the College of Health Sciences, circa 1990. He received money from the CIAR through their secret 'Special Account #4'.

Puff Piece Biography

David A Sterling, M.Sc, is an environmental and occupational health scientist/industrial hygienist. He has experience in air pollution research and in assessing health effects, risk assessment, and toxic consequences of exposure to environmental contaminants. He has served as field studies director for a health effects study of occupants of manufactured housing and as principle investigator of a study investigating health effects from exposure to chlorephenol as a wood preservative.

Mr Sterling has experience in designing both self-reporting and interview-type questionnaires to elicit exposure, comfort, and health status information. Mr Sterling contributed to the design of a self-reporting "Office Work Environment Survey" questionnaire, which is presently used by TDS Ltd. of Canada in their studies on health and comfort of the indoor work environment. In a study of sawmill workers he designed a self-repot questionnaire to determine exposure indices and evaluate potential health effects from exposure to wood preservatives. In addition Mr Sterling contributed to an interview questionnaire used by the University of Texas in its study of formaldehyde exposure of occupants in manufactured housing.

[Note at this time in 1985 he was a Research Chemist with the Chemical Research Section of the IITRI under Demetrious Moschandreas and Hugh J O'Neill. One wonders where the 'professor' title came from. Note also that his father owned TDS Ltd, and his brother was the CEO.]

Document & TimeLine

1973 Working for/with his father. He is credited here: Dynamic Display of Radiotherapy Plans Using Computer Produced Films . Radiology., 107(3), 6R9-691 (1973) . T. Sterling, K. Knnwlton, J. Weinkam, and D. Sterling .

1975-77 David Sterling is a Data Collection and Computer Analyst at Simon Fraser University. <??)

1978-81 He is Environmental and Occupational Health/Industrial Hygiene Consultant with his family company, TDS Ltd, in Vancouver, BC Canada

1980 Feb 22 David Sterling appears to be in the business of trying to sell "Arch-back dryers' and other refining equipment to the R&D division of British-American Tobacco.[1]  

1982-84 University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas
He says in a later biog that he was Senior Research Assistant and Field Studies Director of Texas Indoor Air Quality Study.      

Sterlings role in the Texas Indoor Air Quality Study was to order the air monitoring equipment, test the equipment and supervise the procedures.

The Texas Indoor Air Quality Study of Manufactured Housing produced its final report in December 1988 (it doesn't mention David Sterling). The Field Studies section consisted of placing monitoring equipment in 164 mobile homes; and 265 adults, 126 children and 45 infants were involved via questionnaire. They measured formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, respirable suspended particles, pollens and spores and volatile organic compounds. Their main focus was formaldehyde exudate from mobile-home insulation materials. They do not appear to have measured or recorded cigarette smoking. Later laboratory work subject rats to formaldehyde. [2]

1982 June 6-11 He was presenting with his father at the American Industrial Hygiene Association Conference, in Cincinnati Ohio.

1983 Jan 13-20 He is presenting with his father at an Agent Orange conference in Vietnam "International Symposium on the Long-Term Ecological and Human Consequences of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam.

1984 June 24-29 Joint presentation of Theodor, Elia and David Sterling on "Air Quality in Hospitals and Laboratories" at Air Pollution Control Association in San Francisco, California.

1984 - Joined the IIT Research Institute (IITRI) as Research Chemist in the Chemical Research division      

1985 Apr 4 David A Sterling and his associate at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Demetrios J Moschandreas have submitted a proposal for a questionnaire study. This is being circulated by law firm Jacob Medinger to the other law firms and companies. [3]

1985 David Sterling, Demetrious Moschandreas and HJ O'Neill at IITRI, are proposing to the tobacco lawyers Jacob Mendinger that they do a $70,000 study to produce and administer a questionnaire on sick building syndrome. Moschandreas was a physicist who worked at the University of Cincinnati when Theodor Sterling had been at the university. [4] [5]

1986 May 28 David Sterling (Research Chemist) has written to Shook Hardy & Bacon, the tobacco industry's Kansas City disinformation program law firm. He has sent them some raw data from an unnamed project on ETS measurements from small office locations with three or four people. David Sterling is working through the Chemistry Research Section of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Research Institute (IITRI) They are quizzing occupants of small offices about t the number of cigarettes smoked in a day by them, and their workmates, odor, etc..[6] [7]

1990 David Sterling is listed as being at Professor of Environmental Health Program, College of Health Sciences at the Old Domonion University.      

1992 May 14 Theodor and David Sterling and their Associate Arvin S Glicksman, the Radiation Oncologist from the Medical Sciences Department at Brown University (Rhode Island) are proposing a tobacco-funded project investigating the risks associated with passive smoking by family members in the home. David Sterling is now Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Program, College of Health Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.

They have a different hypothesis that they want to investigate -- associated with the socio/economic status of households-- which makes the non-smoking members of the family more exposed to carcinogens from many sources. Glicksman and David Sterling have been doing a preliminary analysis of possible studies between the years 1989 and 1991. They did a feasibility study at Roger Williams General Hospital and a population survey with a (unspecified) grant from British American Tobacco (presumably finished in 1991.

This new study rests on the confounding observations: a) lower-class blue-collar workers have non-smoking wives b) the blue-collar workers bring more toxic materials into the home on their clothes. c) Home-makers generally have elevated lung-cancer rates. d) The wives of non-smokers appear to have a healthier lifestyle. [8]