The Innkeeper’s Daughter, or Love Among the Cows

Richard Slee founded the precursor to biologics giant Sanofi Pasteur because he wanted to eradicate smallpox. And because he fell in love with the innkeeper’s daughter. The first wouldn’t have happened without the second.

Dr. Slee decided to launch his business in the Pocono Mountains after he visited the Swiftwater Inn, where he met the owner’s daughter, a 20-year-old beauty who got him thinking of things other than vaccines.

If you’d like to drop by the Paradise Township Municipal Building at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 we can talk about how Dr. Slee built a marriage and a career among the cows he raised to grow the smallpox vaccine. We’ll discuss why Slee founded the lab and how his personal story guided the writing of the company’s corporate history, The Spirit of Swiftwater: 100 Years at the Pocono Labs.

The occasion is the monthly meeting of the Paradise Township Historical Society, which is keenly interested in the old Pocono Biological Laboratories since part of the successor facilities lie within the township borders. To get to the meeting head east on Route 940 from Mount Pocono and take a right around the point where Route 390 splits to the left. The building is located at 293 Keokee Chapel Lane, Cresco.