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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Awards and Prizes
Controlling Disease during World War II, 1939-1944
Letter from Wilbur A. Sawyer to Courtenay Crocker (July 23, 1939)
Dear Wilbur: As I read your letter I found myself choking up and by the time I got to our bedroom to read it to Clara I was
so tearful that she thought something terrible had happened. It still overcomes me to think that you should receive this
distinguished honor, that you should still feel gratitude for what my father did to help in your education and particularly
that you should want to help me by helping my "son" in his education.
We have two sons but it seems that your gift should go to Benjamin (the younger who has had two years at Chicago University)
both because he hopes to go to the Harvard Medical School and because where as
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Courtenay Jr. is now pretty well assured of being able to get a masters degree in physics for Ben there will be need of various
Ben will write you as soon as you let me know whether this plan meets your approval. In the meantime I want to tell you that
tho our present financial picture is surely not bright it could easily be worse and may get better in the near or not too
distant future. If it does get better Ben Clara and I would like to feel that we could return this really too generous gift
to be used by you for your family or for someone else who may then need it as we do now.
If you approve having your gift go to Ben it will probably mean that Ben will be relieved from trying to do too much paid
work next winter and will thus be able to devote his
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time to getting good enough marks to get in to the Harvard Medical School after one more year at college. This would take
a great load off his mind and would be of greatest help to him as he has a full schedule next winter and can't afford
to get marks that are only halfway good. So far he has done very well.
With congratulations to you on receiving this award and with deepest appreciation of your thoughtfulness and generosity.