This is one of those precious moments in our Society's life when we honor both a member who has preceded us and also a member who, because of his prominent position in health science today, addresses us as the 36th Charles Franklin Craig Lecturer.
I willingly accepted the invitation from our President, Dr. Reeves, to join the Craig Lectureship Committee and serve with Dr. Neva and Dr. Lennette who was to be the Chairman. I was even more delighted when I was selected by the Chairman to introduce the Craig Lecturer, knowing by then who the lecturer was to be.
Our honored predecessor, Colonel Craig, was in his time, not the man of a decade, but of many decades of tropical medicine. Because the centennial of his birth will be celebrated before our Society meets again, I wish to devote a moment to his career because he was identified with research and teaching in tropical medicine for so many years.