National Geographic : 1957 Mar
Volkmar Wentzel, National Geographic Statt I President-Editor Melville Bell Grosvenor dress he set the keynote of The Society's aims. He explained very simply what each of us is trying to do, day by day, right here in this room and in these buildings. "I will read what he said: 'By my election you notify the public that our Society will not be confined to professional geographers, but will include those laymen, like myself, who desire to promote geographic research and to diffuse that knowledge so that we may all know more of the world upon which we live.' "Mr. Hubbard had a marked influence on my life. He was my great-grandfather, and it was through him that I had my first connection with The Society, on April 26, 1902. As an infant in arms, I held the trowel and helped lay the cornerstone of this building, Hubbard Memorial Hall. At least there is a document that says I did, and it bears an X as my signature. "Then came Alexander Graham Bell, our sec ond President, and of course we know his great ness as a scientist and inventor. But it was he who took Mr. Hubbard's idea and furthered it. "Let me quote the words Dr. Bell used in expressing that idea: 'Why not popularize the science of geography and take it into the homes of the people? Why not transform The Society's Magazine from one of cold geographic fact, expressed in terms the layman cannot understand, into a vehicle for carrying the living, breathing, with the Executive Staff Upon Dr. La Gorce's rec ommendation, The Society's Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Grosvenor (center) Presi dent and Editor. Congratu lating him are (seated) Dr. Thomas W. McKnew (left), Vice-President and Secretary, and Robert V. Fleming, Treas urer. Standing: Melvin M. Payne, Senior Assistant Secre tary, and Frederick G. Vos burgh, new Associate Editor. -+At the meeting a smiling Dr. La Gorce congratulates his successor. Flanking the incom ing and retiring Presidents are Dr. McKnew, Dr. Gilbert Grosvenor, Editor from 1899 to 1954, and Dr. Fleming. Trustees (seated, left to right) include Lloyd B. Wil son; Elisha Hanson, The So ciety's Counsel; newly elected Dr. Leonard Carmichael, Sec retary of the Smithsonian In stitution; Dr. Alexander Wet more, Vice-Chairman of The Society's Research Committee; Rear Adm. L. O . Colbert; Vice Adm. Emory S. Land (stand ing); Dr. Hugh L. Dryden, Director, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.