Volume 18, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Several years ago, when a commercial company discontinued sponsorship of the original Bailey K. Ashford Medal, the Society asked me to design a new medal. Among other faults the original medal lacked a portrait, and it was felt that the new medal should carry a likeness of the man it honored. For low-relief sculpture a profile is usually preferred, but none could be found. A search of the Army Archives and of the National Library of Medicine yielded three photographs of Ashford, but they looked like three different men. The two busts in existence (one in the Medical School in San Juan, P.R.) and the photographs in his autobiography were of no help. The portrait that appears on the medal is a somewhat idealized likeness based on the two photographs in Figure 1. As an added accent, the Seal of the Society, remodeled in miniature for the purpose, appears below (Fig. 2).


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