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Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Rodman C. Rockefeller Annotation pdf (101,323 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Rodman C. Rockefeller
Description:
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (101,323 Bytes)
Date:
1981-04-24 (April 24, 1981)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Rockefeller, Rodman C.
IBEC, Inc.
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence E
Box Number: 36
Folder Number: 152
Unique Identifier:
BBARIL
Accession Number:
81
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1978-1984
Folder: Rockefeller, Rodman C.
Transcript:
Rodman Rockefeller
IBEC
[stamped, APR 24 1981]
Dear Rodman
I was very much pleased with the confidence implicit in your asking me to stand for nomination to your board.
I have also been interested to peruse the annual reports. IBEC is connected with many pressing problems throughout the world. Many of them are fascinating -- perhaps almost too much so, for they would take me far afield from even the most peripheral areas where I could be most help to you.
My initial reaction is therefore a counter proposal: I will be glad to meet with you at NTF/Sonoma on July 23, and to stay in touch with you from time to time on opportunities for genetic improvement developments.
For the time being, I feel that board membership would entail
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deeper responsibilities and commitment to time on a fixed schedule than I can digest. This is not to preclude further discussion of the possibility in the future.
As to compensation, I do not wish a fee for my present level of responsibility (beyond travel expense or the like as necessary). If at some later time, IBEC wished to make a contribution to the Rockefeller University, that would, needless to say be warmly received. I could well understand the view that would prefer to wait for the materialization of some benefit to IBEC; but I hardly wish to be the seat of any impediment to a philanthropic impulse!
I am very keen to see some constructive action in poultry improvement and related fields. If the week of July 23 is convenient would you also wish me to broker a visit
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to Cetus at Berkely [sic], Calif?
You mentioned a meeting the evening of May 27. My schedule for that time is still murky. I will be out of town intermittently until about May 12 but will try to have a firmer answer about then.
If my suggestions are reasonably agreeable to you, I will definitely save the July 23 date, and look forward to a continued association at this measure.
I hope Mr. Hoskins did come through his procedure as well as was hoped and forecast.
Yours sincerely,
Joshua Lederberg
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2007-01-09
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
KW: re join IBEC board; no, counterproposal;

jl 2/26/00