THIRTY-THREE men have held this office before me—thirty-three of the greatest names in Pediatrics. With such a heritage I feel very grateful and humble.
It has been my good fortune to have known most of these men personally, and to the following three, I am particularly indebted: Dr. J. B. Bilderback, who was my teacher; Dr. Henry Dietrich, under whom I had my residency; and Dr. Jay I. Durand who was the first to interest me in our Academy and who was always an inspiration to me.
The founders and officers of the Academy who have served before me have set the purpose of the voyage of the Good Ship American Academy of Pediatrics; the Executive Board of the Academy continually reviews our problems and charts our course; the Execcutive Director and Central Office staff arrange the cargo, but you—the stock holders—must work the cargo if our voyage is to be successful. I will try to the best of my ability to run a happy and efficient ship— and hold her steady as she goes.
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