Original Repository: Howard University. Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. Charles R. Drew Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.
"My Chief Interest Was and Is Surgery"--Howard University, 1941-1950
Letter from Otto Glaser to Charles R. Drew (September 21, 1949)
June 6, 1949
Dear Dr. Glaser:
Word has reached me through College sources that you are retiring at the end of this academic year. I, like most of your former
students, I am sure, received this news with mixed feelings--a sense of great loss for the College now that your active teaching
is to come to a close--a sense of pleasure at the memory of the time spent in your laboratories.
Since leaving Amherst, I completed Medicine at McGill University, a Residency in Surgery at Presbyterian Hospital in New York
and work for a Doctor of Science in Medicine at Columbia University. Throughout this entire period, my research efforts have
been confined largely to the field of "Water Balance in Surgery", Shock, Blood Transfusions, Preservation of Blood,
Blood Substitutes, etc. Much of this interest undoubtedly stems from your early teaching and interest in the relationships
of fluid distribution in the developing embryo as a factor in its differentiation and definitive form. I still feel that my
senior essay on "Growth" was one of the best things I have done; and certainly, the preparation of this paper opened
up more new fields to me than any similar exercise I have carried out since leaving Amherst.
None of us, of course, think of your retirement as an end to your association with Amherst. It simply means that your routines
will be lessened and that you might perhaps have more time to do some of the things you have put off doing until now. It is
with a sense of real gratitude and deep affection that I wish you many years of care-free leisure to work at the things you
like to do best.