IT IS WITH great pleasure that I accept the privilege of making the Clifford G. Grulee Award for 1959. This is the ninth time the Award has been made since its creation in 1951.
The Clifford G. Grulee Award is made to a non-office holding member of the American Academy of Pediatrics for outstanding service to the Academy and its programs. It is regarded as the greatest honor the Academy can bestow upon one of its Fellows.
This year the recipient of the Grulee Award, Dr. Wyman C. C. Cole, is well known to all of us.
Dr. Cole was born in Minneapolis in 1893. He attended the University of Minnesota and graduated from the Medical School of that University in 1919.
After doing his internship and residency training at the University Hospital in Minneapolis, Dr. Cole moved to Detroit to practice pediatrics. He is Chief of the Pediatric Department at Woman's Hospital; a senior physician at Harper Hospital, and is on the faculty at Wayne University School of Medicine.
Dr. Cole has served as Academy State Chairman for Michigan, as well as a member of the Academy's Nominating Committee. For several years he was Secretary of the Pediatric Section of the American Medical Association and last year was Chairman of the Section.
It is felt that Dr. Cole's principal contribution to the Academy was his service as Chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Fetus and Newborn from 1952 to 1957. During this period Dr. Cole guided the committee in the preparation of the 1954 and the 1957 editions of Standards and Recommendations for the Hospital Care of Newborn Infants. This publication is very highly regarded and has been widely distributed. Before retiring from the committee Dr. Cole supervised the preparation of the manuscript for the pamphlet Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant and suggested the mode of distribution which has resulted in 80,000 copies of this booklet being sent to pediatricians, obstetricians, general practitioners and hospital administrators.
Though not an Academy effort, it is of interest to know that Dr. Cole has a son, Dr. Wyman C. C. Cole, Jr., who is also a Fellow of the Academy.
It is with great pleasure that I present this medal symbolizing the Grulee Award to Dr. Cole.
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