Introduction of the President, Karl M. Johnson

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  • University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720

Members of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine, and guests, it is my privilege to have been asked to introduce Dr. Karl M. Johnson, President of the American Society. This is the fourth time I have been asked to introduce a president of this Society and it was with some relief that I noted Paul Weinstein, a parasitologist, is the President-Elect. I doubt that he will ask me to introduce him next year, and especially after I finish with Karl today.

My first contact with Karl was in the 1960s when the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases sent him to Berkeley from a meeting in Bethesda — the mission being to convince me that I should chair a Contract Review Committee on Arbovirus Reagents. There was some doubt that I would accept this assignment.