Excerpt from Transactions of the American Climatological Association: For the Years 1893 and 1894
Our growth has been substantial, like that of a coral island in the tropical seas, which is built by unseen workers which live and die beneath the wave, but leave their life's work (their houses) behind them. Generations come and go, until finally the surface of the sea is reached - then their work is first manifest by a break or ripple. Floating driftwood and sea weed become entangled in the coral; the interstices are filled with debris of shells, sand, and gravel, and the island rises above the surface; birds and waves bring seeds, and vegetation appears on the surface. The island grows and becomes ready for man to discover, acquire, and inhabit.
When our Society made its bow to the public it produced a ripple in the medical world. Our dead members represent the homes of the protozoa that have died, and we build on their work as others will build on what we leave. Since the organization of our Society much has been added by willing hands, so that today it stands as one of the most important structures in medical science. Its proceedings are now oh served and read by the medical men of the world. I feel assured that this organization has been the promulgator of information that has not only added to the length but also to the usefulness of human life, which is, I am sure, of incalculable value, and the great end of all medical science.
I would feel derelict should I not particularize the losses our ranks have sustained during the last two years. The deaths have been seven in number: Prof. Bowditch, our first honorary member. A man beloved by all who knew him. A grand old man.
Prof. Frank Donaldson, Sr., of Baltimore, a founder and the fourth President of the Association. Well do we remember his kindly face, his genial smile, and the manly grasp of his hand.
Dr. W. C. Van Bibber, also a founder and a citizen of Bal timore, was a constant attendant on our' meetings and a con tributor to our transactions. It can be said of him with truth, He was beloved by all our members.
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