I CAN ASSURE you that never in my life have I so appreciated any expression of respect or honor as this one, coming as it does in the first year of my retirement.
It is a great privilege to be able to honor publicly Dr. Jacobi. I do not intend to review his contributions to pediatrics, as they are well known to all physicians, especially those who practice pediatrics. More than any other person, he initiated the formation of this pediatric section of the American Medical Association, and later had an enormous influence in the establishment of the American Pediatric Society. Although I look back on John Howland as my pediatric academic grandfather, Jacobi was one of his great mentors, and, therefore, my pediatric great grandfather; I share with all of you the sort of genetic sequence in pediatrics that puts us in such professional debt to Jacobi.