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"My Chief Interest Was and Is Surgery"--Howard University, 1941-1950
Letter from Charles R. Drew to Otto Glaser (June 6, 1949)
Dear Charlie Drew:
The treasurer of the College Has told me about the fund you helped raise for my benefit. I can't tell you how much I appreciate
this generous act -- not only for what it means in concrete terms -- but especially as it expresses so much good will and
is evidence that the old days remain alive.
You were and are one of those who make a teachers' life worthwhile. I have followed your career with great satisfaction
and was proud and more than please when the College gave
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you the honorary DSc. I still wish we might at that time have had a chance to talk -- perhaps our paths may cross again.
As you know many changes have taken place in our Department. It has grown in personnel and the outside grants have enabled
us to modernize and transform. Plough, the only other survivor from your time, no doubt showed you around -- but even since
then there have been further extensive improvements.
As my mind plays over the past, it is curious how vividly certain little things loom up -- things you may not and perhaps
could not recall. There was the time when as I was walking by, you came tripping lightly down the stairs of Tertsy's emporium.
I don't think
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you saw me -- but the grace and beauty of your young movements have left an indelible impression. Could you do it now? Another
thing I cannot forget is the football game during which one of the opponents tried to get you out by trying to twist your
ankle, I saw how that hurt and was glad to see its purpose fail.
I was retired this June, but the Trustees have allowed me to us my rooms in the laboratory and I intend to work on unfinished
problems and a bag full of manuscripts. It would be more fun to be an emeritus if one were not slowed down -- on the other
hand there are happy memories and you are one of them.