Twenty years ago, Grover Powers, in accepting from the American Pediatric Society the John Howland Award, surprised and challenged his audience by an address on the then so universally neglected subject of mental retardation. "The Retarded Child and his Family—a Challenge to Pediatric Practice, Research and Education"1 is still worth reading today. As a matter of fact, when my wife and I were charged in 1965 with putting together a special mental retardation issue of the International Child Welfare Review, we felt that Dr. Powers' statement was still as strong as anything we had heard from other pediatricians and with the Academy's permission we reprinted it for a wide international audience. That I am honored today by your Committee is undoubtedly a direct outgrowth of Dr. Powers' influence on me. When I became Executive Director of the National Association for Retarded Children, the Association had had for four years the benefit of Dr. Powers' counsel. As founder and guiding spirit of NARC's Scientific Research Advisory Committee, he was a hard taskmaster and contributed materially to the Association's high standard of performance. In a very real sense he was my teacher, and I cherish the memories of the afternoons I spent at his home in New Haven. With this background I am, of course, particularly appreciative and moved by the fact that I am privileged to receive today the C. Anderson Aldrich Award from one of Grover Powers' most gifted and, to his final days, most faithful students, Harry Gordon, whose service on NARC's Research Board enhanced its contributions in no small measure.
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