Plutonium Injections – Patient HP-8

This biography is in honor of one of the patients that were injected with plutonium in Rochester, NY during WWII.

Janet Stadt

Janet Stadt

Janet J. (Joseph) Stadt was born 9 Sept. 1904 to Max and Rebecca Joseph. The parents were both born in Russia.

Janet married Emmett J. Stadt in 1925 in Rochester. He was born 24 Mar 1899. His parents, Charles and Alvina lived in Webster, NY. Emmett and Janet first show together in the 1925 Rochester directory. Emmett was first a mechanic and then worked as a “truckman.” For some reason, Emmett and Janet are not living together in the 1930 census. Emmett is living with his mother in Webster. Janet is living in Greece with her sister, Rose, and her husband Louis J. Gandy. Emmett and Janet had one son, Milton C. (1 July 1934 – 25 May 2009). In 1935 Emmett and Janet are living on Dewey Avenue in Greece. They lived there for many years before moving to Stonewood Park, also in Greece. Emmett was a chauffeur for a while in the 1930s and then after that worked for Rochester Gas and Electric. Janet shows up in the Rochester directory in 1940 as a hairdresser on East Main Street in Rochester.

Janet went to Strong Memorial Hospital in 1946 suffering from scleroderma, a chronic skin disease.

Emmett & Janet's tombstone

Emmett & Janet's tombstone

Then on 9 March 1946 she was injected with .396 microcuries of plutonium. That is 56 times the radiation that a person just in an average lifetime. She refused to take part in follow-up studies in the 1970s.

Emmett died in September 1975 in Rochester and was buried 9 Sept. 1975 in Range 7 of Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester. Janet died just a few months later on 22 Nov. 1975 in Rochester of malnutrition caused by cancer of the larynx.  She was buried next to her husband.