National Geographic : 1954 Jul
65D National Geographic Photographer Willard R. Culver Dr. Grosvenor Congratulates Dr. La Gorce on His Election as President and Editor "Dr. La Gorce has labored with love and ceaseless energy to help develop The Society to the dignified position it now holds in the life of our country," said Dr. Grosvenor as he turned over his duties to his associate of nearly half a century. Dr. McKnew, Secretary (left), Dr. Fleming, Treasurer, and Dr. Melville Grosvenor, new Associate Editor and Vice President of The Society, share the occasion. is becoming more interesting and worth while every month. The Society has a competent staff in every department. I am confident they will carry The Society ever onward. "In Dr. Robert V. Fleming, Treasurer since 1935, and Dr. Thomas W. McKnew, Secretary since 1945, The Society has two officers of wide experience. Dr. Fleming is President and Chair man of the Board of the Riggs National Bank, a Director of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and Pan American World Airways, past President of the American Bankers Asso ciation, etc., but he always has time to give to National Geographic affairs careful attention and the benefit of his vast knowledge. Dr. Fleming has visited many countries and would qualify as a top GEOGRAPHIC editor because of his quick grasp of human interest. "Dr. McKnew, my companion to the North Pole, conducts the vast correspondence with our millions of members with the courtesy and effi ciency that have won many friends and new mem bers. His department, with new electronic devices for simplifying and perfecting the voluminous billings and records for 2,150,000 members, is without peer in any publishing organization in the world. He has studied geography on every continent. "I respectfully recommend that the Board of Trustees elect Dr. John Oliver La Gorce Presi dent and Editor. "With affectionate regards from Mrs. Grosve nor and myself, I am Very sincerely, GILBERT GROSVENOR." General of the Army George C. Mar shall then offered the following resolution: "Resolution Adopted by the Board of Trustees, National Geographic Society, at a Meeting Held May Fifth, Nineteen Hundred and Fifty-four. "To GILBERT GROSVENOR, Editor, Geographer, Educator, Scientist, Writer, Business Executive, and Financier by Vocation; Ornithologist, Nat uralist, and Photographer by Avocation GREETINGS BE IT RESOLVED: "WHEREAS, on this day, Gilbert Grosvenor has by his own election laid aside his heavy respon sibilities as President and Editor after more than fifty-five years of leadership of the National Geographic Society and its Magazine; "AND WHEREAS the Board of Trustees at its meeting today has created the office of Chair man of the Board and has unanimously elected Gilbert Grosvenor to that office, the Board de sires to record this, its spontaneous tribute to Gilbert Grosvenor the Editor and to Gilbert Grosvenor the Man. "WHEREAS, on April 1, 1899, when Gilbert Grosvenor was engaged to increase the member ship of The Society, its total members numbered nine hundred and its net worth was a deficit figure. Gilbert Grosvenor forthwith proceeded to build The Society into the paramount force it is today in the spread of geographic knowledge, with two million one hundred fifty thousand members in all parts of the globe. He built for The Society the solid foundation upon which rest its strength and influence today.