I DEEPLY appreciate this honor by the American Academy of Pediatrics, particularly its Section on Growth and Development, in selecting me as the first recipient of the C. Anderson Aldrich Award.
I am moved also by the generous words of Dr. Robert A. Aldrich who I feel represents not only the academy, but his father, for whom this award is named.
Charles Anderson Aldrich, or Andy as we called him, was one of the most gifted and versatile pediatricians of his time. I recall him as serious minded, rather shy, even tempered, yet fearlessly persistent in his efforts to overcome those restrictive influences which denied to children and mothers their rights as human beings.
I was proud to be his contemporary, for a time unfortunately too short, yet fortuitously at a period in my own life when I, too, was attempting to broaden my knowledge of child health and development