During his medical school years at Harvard, Sawyer received some financial assistance from his cousins, the Crockers. When
he received the Leon Bernard Prize for his public health work many years later, he returned the favor by offering the cash
portion of the prize to his cousin Courtenay's sons.
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1939-07-23 (July 23, 1939)
Sawyer, Wilbur A.
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Awards and Prizes
Controlling Disease during World War II, 1939-1944
Letter from Courtenay Crocker to Wilbur A. Sawyer (July 26, 1939)
The Leon Bernard Prize, which has just been awarded me, included besides the bronze medal one thousand Swiss francs. I shall
of course wish to keep the medal, but I should prefer to see the money applied to some single useful purpose rather than merged
with my current expenditures. So I am asking you to transmit it to your son for use in connection with his college expenses.
He will probably not hesitate to accept it if you will tell him
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that his grandfather, George Crocker, once joined with Mr. Hodges in giving me a sum of money to help me over a difficult
time at Harvard College. So the transfer of this money prize to him is made with sentiments of gratitude as well as a desire
to help solve his immediate educational problems.
Perhaps he will be interested to know that the prize was awarded by the Leon Bernard Foundation, created by the Health Committee
of the League of Nations, for my work "in combating yellow fever, and in the sphere of medico-social protection, which
has benefited the populations of a large number of countries."
Not remembering your son's first name I am making the check for $225.20 out in your name.