First may I say how deeply grateful I am to the Society for the honor of receiving this medal commemorating John Howland.
As I look back to John Howland's life and to the distinguished medalists, whose shoes appear so incredibly difficult to fill, it is quite apparent that to a major extent in the combined stature of these men there stands the stature of pediatrics itself in this country and indeed to a degree throughout the world. For those who come after, this is not an era of the world, however, to stand too deeply in the shadow of such stature. On the younger men and women in both societies, meeting here, lies a particularly heavy responsibility. For this and many other reasons I am especially happy to receive this medal from one who still is young in vigor of thought and action and who has indeed transmitted more information