I deeply appreciate the honor conferred on me by our president, Dr. William McD. Hammon, when he asked me to serve as chairman of the committee to select the Craig Lecturer for 1968. The committee included Dr. Frederik B. Bang and Dr. William C. Reeves, both of whom were far better qualified than I to serve as chairman.
You should know we proceeded systematically to survey the field and decide which subject was apposite for 1968. The theory we assumed was that once the right subject was chosen, the right man would immediately become obvious. The reverse is what happened.
In an exchange of correspondence a total of nine subjects were mentioned. Then in the effort to find the most appropriate one, I asked an elder statesman of the Society for his opinion. He answered, “Why don't you invite Dr. David J. Sencer, a member who lives in Atlanta and who has done the most in recent years for tropical medicine?