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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1950-10-30 (October 30, 1950)
Sawyer, Wilbur A.
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Your letter of Oct. 28 was here when I arrived! Also a temperature of 88 degrees with the usual humidity. This was the record
for this late in the season. The style seems to be a light suit, no vest, and a heavy overcoat on the arm. I almost baked
on the train as they were unable to shut off the steam completely in my roomette.
I attended the reception of the President of ASHA at five-thirty this afternoon. He was Lowell Reed, who once offerred[sic]
Peggy a teaching fellowship at Hopkins. In the line was also Dr. W. P. Shepherd of San Francisco, the Pres. Elect. It is
believed that his election means that the next meeting will be in San Francisco. I met the Mustards at the Reception and
told them of Ruth's acquisition and gave him Ruth's address. They sent you their love. I met many old friends: Haven
Emerson, Dr. and Mrs. Geiger of D. F.[?], Dr. Jonas Salk, friend of Gertrude Howell[?].
[Margin reads: I hope your letters to New York included no urgent messages or enclosures not already repeated. W.]
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Dr. Crabtree, Dr. [. . .]. Smith and Bruce Wilson and Hugo [. . .] of IHD, Dr. and Mrs. Soper took Dr. Martha Eliot (Deputy
Director of the World Health Organization), Betty Tennant, and me to dinner. This was very pleasant, and I was particularly
glad to talk to Dr. Eliot. She says that Dr. Vesely is still with the WHO in Geneva, but has had a coronary attack from which
he has recovered. He has a son in Reed College, Oregon. I asked her to give him our regards when she returns to Geneva after
this meeting. I doubt if she will remember you could write to her, c/o the W.H.O., Palais des Nations in Geneva. I could
find his initials in my diary on my return if you wish it.
Dr. and Mrs. Strode are here and I hope to see more of them. She is from Missouri.
When I registered they presented me at the desk with a banquet ticket and said that my advance registration would be returned.
It is something to be a 40-year member! Everyone asked after you. Too late for St. Louis, but you will have to step out
next year, if it is San Francisco. Juliet Soper asked particularly after you.
I must stop and study my program if I am to see anything of Interest to-morrow. Several persons spoke appreciatively of my
speech in New York, Betty Tennant and Mrs. Sopher and others asked after Gertrude also.