National Geographic : 1957 Mar
color photographs of New York and Washington. That was in 1930, and I obtained the first natural color photographs made from the air. "My gratitude to Dr. La Gorce is beyond mere words. Like all of you, I treasure his friendship. He and I have worked together every day all these years, and I cannot remember a time when we have had a serious disagreement. "In the work that lies ahead I will have able men beside me. With Dr. McKnew as Vice President and Secretary, the business affairs of The Society are in the best of hands. He is an Everest of strength. "Only last week you, as Trustees, gave a dinner honoring Dr. McKnew on his twenty-fifth anni versary with The Society. Hundreds of friends and colleagues paid him heartfelt tribute, for he carries a burden that might stagger Atlas. It is he who plans the distribution of our Magazine throughout the world, builds our membership, and handles the records and correspondence of 2,175,000 members. "The Senior Assistant Secretary, Mr. Melvin M. Payne, is cast from the same mold as Dr. McKnew and brings valuable legal training to his important administrative work. "All of us know the superb qualifications of our Treasurer, Dr. Fleming, an internationally known banker, Chairman of the Board of Riggs National Bank. But he is also a beloved friend, never too busy with important affairs to give help and sage counsel. "Now, as my first official act, I announce the appointment of Mr. Frederick G. Vosburgh as the new Associate Editor. He is one of the finest writers I know. He has a hawk's eye for error, and nothing is released for publication in The Magazine without his approval. His deft touch improves and humanizes many articles, and he has helped The Magazine immeasurably by training young writers. Smithsonian Head Welcomed to Board "May I welcome to the Board its distinguished new member, Dr. Carmichael, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. His election reaffirms and strengthens the bond that has existed for so many years between The Society and the great Smithsonian. "Thanks to the long and dedicated efforts of my father and Dr. La Gorce, The Society's re sources are now at an all-time high and the educa tional influence of The Magazine is more wide spread than ever. When I think of what they have accomplished for The Society and of what Dr. La Gorce is turning over to me, I feel very humble. "But I want to tell you gentlemen that, prayer fully and with God's help, I will do my best to carry on the traditions of the National Geo graphic Society." Dr. Gilbert Grosvenor, Chairman of the Board, said: "The fact that I was able to continue so long as Editor was because I had a very able and strong son to lean on." He then offered the following resolution: "On this day, John Oliver La Gorce having by his own election laid aside his heavy respon sibilities as President of the National Geographic Society and Editor of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, and "The Board of Trustees at its meeting today having created the office of Vice-Chairman of the Board and having unanimously elected John Oliver La Gorce to that office, and "WHEREAS the Chairman has recorded in his history of the National Geographic Society the following tribute to Dr. La Gorce: "'On September 19, 1905, I engaged Dr. La Gorce at $60 per month and he commenced work on September 22, which was his 25th birthday. " 'When Dr. La Gorce joined the staff of The Society, it was a small organization of only 10,000. But his responsive nature and keen intellect recog nized the possibilities ahead for The Society, and his generous heart was stirred to identify his life with a work that promised to promote effectively the welfare of mankind. " 'With everything The Society has done since, he has been identified. Many of our useful and interesting projects he originated. He has labored with love and ceaseless energy to help develop the organization and bring it to the dignified position it now holds in the life of our country. "Powerful Ally... Loyal Friend" " 'The National Geographic Society is the prod uct of many minds and of much labor of many men and women, but it is a conservative state ment that without the powerful assistance of John Oliver La Gorce's personality, its gratify ing progress would have been impossible. "'Seldom is it given to a man, in choosing an aide for his life's work, to find as powerful an ally as John Oliver La Gorce and to gain at the same time such a close and loyal friend. " 'Dr. La Gorce's great service to the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge culminated in his election as President and Editor in 1954 and in the award of the Grosvenor Medal and resolution of appreciation by the Board on the Golden Jubilee of his services. "'To know Dr. La Gorce as a dear friend is one of life's fine experiences, as his legion of friends around the world-who have felt his unique magnetism-testify. It was a proud moment for me when on his Golden Jubilee in 1955 he was awarded the Grosvenor Medal.' "NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Board concur in these words and adopt them as its own. Affirming our highest esteem, respect, and deep affection for John Oliver La Gorce, we direct that this tribute be spread upon the permanent records of The Society." "Dr. La Gorce, your fellow Trustees wish you long life, great happiness, fine health, and the glow of contentment that comes only from a life of single-minded devotion to high purpose and dis tinguished accomplishments." The resolution was adopted by acclamation.