Dr. Sawyer took a roundabout route to the 1950 meeting of the American Public Health Association in St. Louis, and visited
daughter Peggy in Winston-Salem, his Rockefeller Foundation colleagues in New York, and his son Bill in Boston on the way.
His letters commented on family, accommodations, and sometimes on social conditions en route.
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1950-10-25 (October 25, 1950)
Sawyer, Wilbur A.
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I started my day by looking through the 72 pages of the N.Y. Times, which had been dropped at my door at 6 a.m. I'm glad
we are getting nothing larger than the chronicle in Berkeley.
The city is very election conscience. There is apparently a Liberal party, cutting across the others and running candidates
like Lehman, Pecora, and Lynch.
To-day I visited the laboratory of the IHD and was shown through by Soring Whitman and had a nice visit with him and Dr. Johnson,
of rabies[?] fame. Dr. Taylor was out of town and Dr. Theiler had stayed home to work on his report on an African trip.
All are much concerned over the future of the IHD and the coming action
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of the 22-man committee appointed to recommend regarding its program. I saw Dr. Kerr and Dr. Smithbern[?] also. All of them
sent their regards to you.
I had lunch with Dr. Andrew Warren at the Rockefeller Foundation lunch room. And what a lunch! A half-dozen blue points
on the half-shell as a starter, with cocktail sauce, and a most delicious sword-fish steak. By that time I was willing to
close with a sherbet. Dr. Balfour, Dr. Paul Russell, Dr. Grant, Dr. Hugh Smith, Dr. Strode, and Miss Tennant were at luncheon.--also
Mr. van Waldf[?].
The book on yellow fever is a joint effort and was divided between all the present staff ever involved in yellow fever work.
It is already in the hands of the publisher.
This evening I crossed over to the Grand Central Station and had a real oyster stew. So that's in my stomach and off