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helped Dr. Grosvenor bring about the many editorial advances of the past decade. The Society's newly elected Secretary, Robert E. Doyle, has risen, like the others, up the ladder of merit. After attending George Washington University, he entered the Soci ety's employ in 1934 as a helper in the du plicating division, and by his qualities of enterprise and leadership advanced rapidly to positions of great responsibility. For 17 years Mr. Doyle has directed the work of the employees, now numbering 1,100, who receive the mail and keep the records of the mounting membership and assure prompt delivery of the magazine and the Society's other publications throughout the world. With membership growing by half a million a year, he played the leading role in establishing a modern computer system to handle circula tion, and has been primarily responsible for the planning and construction of the new Membership Operations Building near Gai thersburg, Maryland (page 590). As Secretary, Mr. Doyle becomes the official point of contact between the Society and its millions of members and serves as the ad ministrative right hand of President Payne. "Fine and Generous Thing to Do" In thanking the Board for "a very happy culmination of a 35-year apprenticeship," Dr. Payne recalled the Society's achievements during Dr. Grosvenor's administration and said: "Acting in what he considers to be the Society's best interests, he has, entirely of his own volition, decided to let the ranks move up to new responsibilities and prestige. As I said, I have spent 35 years with the Society, All these new ways of diffusing knowledge burgeoned during the decade under Editor Melville Grosvenor. The NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC added a color photograph to its familiar yellow-bordered cover, became a fully color-illustrated magazine, and even gave its readers sound-a record of Winston Churchill's funeral and immortal words. Nationwide color-television specials dif fused geographic knowledge to millions more. Cartographers, remapping the world, produced the Society's first atlases and globes. Book editors created such handsome volumes as Men Ships and the Sea, This England, Our Country'sPresidents,and The River Nile. A redesigned School Bulletin, in five years, soared in circulation from 30,000 to 431,000 students and teachers, and plans were made for a film-strip service. EKTACHROME BY ROBERTS. OAKES© N.G.S.