The recipient of the Clifford G. Grulee Award for 1963 was born in 1888, and later this month he will be 75 years of age. Dr. Harold H. Mitchell attended Syracuse University for both his premedical and medical education, receiving his M.D. degree in 1914. He served as House Officer at Boston City Hospital and then spent 2 years studying public health at Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Columbia University. In 1931 Dr. Mitchell was accepted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In the "History of the American Academy of Pediatrics," Dr. Marshall Pease wrote that soon after joining the Academy Dr. Mitchell became a member of the Committee on School Health, which was organized in 1931. In 1936 he was appointed Chairman of that Committee and served in that capacity until 1948, though he continued to serve as a member of the Committee until 1954. After a lapse of 8 years, Dr. Mitchell was again appointed to the Committee on School Health and has served an additional year on this committee since October, 1962.
In all, he has served 24 years as a member of the Committee and 12 of these years as the Chairman. It is believed that this is a record for service on an Academy committee.
The reports of the Committee on School Health, if read consecutively are an impressive survey of the development of this area of child health and during most of this time Dr. Mitchell was a great motivating force back of these developments.
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