Confronted with the task of writing the story of my short life at the age of seventeen, I realize the difficulty without the
mature aspect usually assumed by an autobiographer.
Unlike most only sons, I do not feel that I have suffered the usual spoiling. My parents have applied the necessary discipline
and censure that did not permit of my being headstrong. Although they have been my constant companions, I was allowed to develop
an individual personality and independence that is so often lacking in a family of only one child. I enjoyed free expression
but I was checked when necessary.
Very early in life, I became a collector of everything and anything either rare or curious. In my curio cabinet, I have articles
ranging from stone implements to one of Tommy Hitchcock's polo balls. In addition, I have various hobbies such as stamp,
coin, and old document collections. With these varied interests, I have always had my mind occupied and found great pleasure
in improving my collections.
My elementary training was had in the public schools of New York. At the age of twelve I entered the Flatbush School, a private
institution. I saw advantages there that I did not have before and became intensely interested in extra-curricular activities.
While playing center on my football team, I was also treasurer of the Athletic Association. I successfully represented one
of the political parties of the school and was elected president of the student body at the same time that I was president
of the Senior Class. It all made for a very happy high school life.
I was only about eleven years old when medicine began to appeal to me as a profession and up to the present time it is still
my goal. I have great aspirations of being not only a medical doctor but one of the greatest surgeons of my time. My desire
for such a position is not for a monetary return. I have always had what might be called a passion for healing and I would
give all I had to be in the position where I might help my fellow men.
Never was there a person born or brought up in the large city of New York that dislikes it more than I. The stuffy streets
of the city and the hustle of millions of human beings tearing madly about from one place to the other puts me in a mood of
restless longing for the spots of beautiful countryside and bucolic scenery that I have occasionally lived with on my vacations
to Maine, Nova Scotia, and Long Island.
My grandfather has been spending his vacations for more than thirty years in the little town of Arcadia, Nova Scotia. His
visit in July has become more or less traditional in that township of quaint, simple folk. Each year a number of homesteads
are thrown open to him and his family. To be able to pick strawberries, pitch hay, or take cattle to pasture in the company
of one of these ever-contented farmers has been a joy to me on every occasion. It was this country, I think, that first instilled
in me a profound love for rural atmosphere.
My emotions were the same in the rugged country of Maine. Yet, even the awe-inspiring, dark forests of tall pines of this
most northern state and the endless expanse of sand, water, and sky on Long Island could not bring to me the overwhelming
feeling of close communion with nature that I experienced at the sight of the red lighthouse perched on the rocky point of
Cape Forshu, Nova Scotia. My love for this wilderness is insatiable. Although I came to Dartmouth College for its scholastic
offerings, I am going to enjoy in these most beautiful, natural surroundings. At the end of that time, I shall go to the place
where I might learn the most about the preservation of life.
In the next four years, I shall be separated from home and my parents. It shall be necessary then, as before, to place all
my cares in the hands of One whose infinite wisdom guides us for our best.