National Geographic : 1965 Jul
KODACHROMESBY GILBERT H. GROSVENOR(ABOVE) ANnMFI\II FI I pD11qt' Nr, nl ir. With long thoughts back into the history of mankind to the Incas who built the mas sive-blocked throne overlooking Sacsahua man fortress near Cuzco, Peru-with long looks out to an infinity of mountains and sky: Thus did Elsie and Gilbert Grosvenor tune their spirits to an understanding of the earth and its myriad miracles. "I always tried to protect her," the author recently said of his wife, recalling with dis tress her slogging trek through snake-and alligator-infested Corkscrew Swamp in Florida (right). But Elsie was looking for birds, whose forms and flights filled her with a wonder that endured a lifetime. And on such a search, nothing could stop her. "I believe," Mrs. Grosvenor wrote to a friend, "travel must be shared with others to be of value." As first lady to her devoted husband, first lady to the National Geo graphic Society, and first lady in the house of geography, Elsie May Bell Grosvenor shared with us all a life of uncommon value.