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D. Bigarel, K. A. Campbell, G. P. Coopernail, J. L. Crofts, T. H. Cunningham, W. E. Curtin, L. K. Dugan, L. Emerick, J J. Gallup, R. Gilmore, H. H. Gormly, L. H. Humphrey, 2d, H. A. LaMoure, G. Lenz, H. H. Loussararian, C. G. Lyon, W. G. Mack, L. D. Masson, P. McPartlon, S. D. Miller, L. F. O'Neill, W. H. Petrie, W. W. Sanford, W. A. Stearns, E. A. Sweet, A. A. Wood, ('1900); S. B. Ward, (Hon.).
The President introduced Professor William Hailes, M. D., who delivered the following address of welcome to the alumni on behalf of the college faculty:
ADDRESS OF WELCOME
On behalf of the faculty I extend to you greeting and a cordial welcome to your alma mater. We are proud of our alumni, scattered far and wide over many states of our glorious Union. We thank you for the effort you have made-for the sacrifices you have endured—to be with us to-day. We are proud of our faculty, a harmonious, united, enthusiastic band of teachers, not only maintaining but raising the standard of medical education in a way which cannot but meet with your hearty approval and that of every man who loves his noble profession. It pains us to inform you of the illness of the founder and the most energetic member of our alumni, Dr. Willis G. Tucker, who has been quite ill and confined to his home by a severe attack of La Grippe with complications. We are happy, however, to say that he is, we hope, convalescent, but still exceedingly weak, and his progress toward complete recovery must necessarily be slow. His absence is particularly unfortunate and noticeable at this our annual gathering where he always has been of inestimable service.
Our beloved member, Dr. F. C. Curtis, also has been disabled in consequence of ill-health, and is at present at Aiken, S. C. In a recent letter from him he says he hopes to be in Albany in a few days. We rejoice in the fact that his life which at one time was despaired of, is, we feel, spared to us for continued usefulness.
We welcome you to our Bender Laboratory, now in the fulfillment of its beneficent mission in preparing our alumni for the better mastery of disease, as well as rendering them more efficient in the increasingly important department of preventive medicine. We welcome you to our new hospital, which by united and sustained effort, we have erected at a cost of $250,000, free and unincumbered by debt and now thoroughly equipped and officered to carry on its beneficent mission of turning misfortune into joy and sending light and happiness into homes previously enshrouded in gloom.
We have the advantage of a most excellent X-Ray outfit which is of frequent service in surgical procedure. We have also for our instruction, a fine electrical projection apparatus, by means of which the embryological development of organs and tissues can be studied, and sections
from the various parts of the body thrown upon the screen with great brilliancy and in their natural colors. The study therefore of minute anatomy, both in health and in disease, becomes an exceedingly interesting and absorbing pursuit.
Occasionally, a ripple crosses the placid pool of our college life. Not long since, while speaking to the class in the darkened lecture-room, the boys—as boys will occasionally—became hilarious, and when one particularly beautiful specimen was upon a screen a rich, sonorous voice exclaimed from out the depths of the darkness—“Wonderful!” Then the boys tittered and laughed at the interruption. A little later, a second section appeared on the screen, when a second interruption occurred and the voice exclaimed:-“Marvelous!” Again, a burst of laughter greeted the exclamation. A little later a third interruption took place, when the voice said:—"Truly beautiful!” My patience, by this time, was exhausted, and observing silence for a moment, I remarked: “Nobody in our audience, this afternoon, imagines for a moment, that that much abused Hebrew prophet, Balaam, is in our midst, but we are all quite certain that Balaam's Ass must have strode in here to-day, for he has spoken thrice." It was difficult to hold the boys in check, and pandemonium reigned for a moment. The perpetrator of the offense was unknown to me, but retributively he lost his real name and ever after was known among his fellows as “Balaam's Ass."
Again I welcome you to our brotherhood and bespeak for you the exquisite pleasure that comes from social reunion, the renewal of old associations, the hand-clasp, the sound of familiar voices, the comparison of experiences, the turning back of the once familiar but almost forgotten pages in memory's book, the talking over of old times with fellow-students now absorbed in life's stern realities, but each and all with a warm spot in his heart for his beloved alma mater.
On motion of Dr. Walter H. Conley, the thanks of the Association were tendered Dr. Hailes for his interesting address.
On motion of Dr. D. H. Cook, the reading of the minutes of the last annual meeting was dispensed with, and the minutes as printed were adopted.
The Recording Secretary presented the following communication:
May 2, 1900. To J. M. Mosher, M.D.,
Recording Secretary, A. A., A. M. C. My Dear Doctor.—I desire to resign from the office of treasurer, after having served for six years.
(Signed] T. F. C. VAN ALLEN. Dr. MacFarlane moved the acceptance of Dr. Van Allen's resignation and a vote of thanks for the valuable and extended service he had rendered the Association. Carried.
Dr. G. L. Ullman moved that the President appoint a committee of five to nominate officers for the ensuing year. Carried. The President appointed as such committee: Drs. G. L. Ullman, ('71); D. C. Case, ('70); J. M. Adey, ('99); G. W. Timmers, ('97); and R. E. Doran, ('93). The committee retired. The Recording Secretary presented the REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND RECORDING
SECRETARY. Three meetings of the Executive Committee have been held during the year. At the first meeting, held May 4, 1899, the recording secretary presented the records of the last annual meeting of the Association, including an account of the commencement exercises, and it was ordered that this be printed in the ALBANY MEDICAL ANNALS, and that fifteen hundred and fifty reprints be purchased and distributed to members of the Association. The recording secretary also presented a statement of the alumni dinner account, from which it appeared that the receipts from the sale of 130 tickets were $195.00, and the disbursements were $289.50, leaving a deficit of $94.50, which had been paid by the College faculty. The recording secretary stated that at the last annual meeting of the Association, Dr. C. Harper Richardson, a member of the committee, had been elected to the same office. The election was declared void by the pres. ident, and a vacancy on the executive committee was filled by the election of Dr. John V. Hennessy. The historian submitted a report of the services of the alumni in the Spanish-American War, which was received, and ordered printed in the Transactions of the Association. At a meeting held February 15, 1900, the distribution of the proceedings of the last annual meeting was announced. A copy had been sent to each alumnus whose address was known, together with a college catalogue and treasurer's blank. The following resolution was adopted:
Whereas, there have been organized, in 1896 and 1899, respectively, the Albany Medical College Alumni Association of New York City and the Albany Medical College Alumni Association of New England:
“ Resolved, that the secretaries of these associations be requested to forward to the corresponding secretary, a synopsis of the proceedings of their meetings, to be presented at the annual meeting of this Association ; and that these reports, together with the lists of officers, be incorporated in the published annual proceedings of the general alumni association."
The usual arrangements for alumni day were discussed, and the president appointed the following committees: On Alumni Dinner, Drs. Tucker, Nellis and Root; On Toasts and Speakers, Drs. Vander Veer, Bendell and Cook; Reception Committee, Drs. Richardson, Rider, MacHarg, Hennessy, Babcock, Sabin and Mereness. At the meeting held March 23, 1900, the program of alumni day was considered, and a resolution was adopted which provided for a reception at noon, with luncheon, at the new
Albany Hospital. On motion the faculty of the college were invited to participate in the exercises of alumni day and to appoint some representative to deliver an address of welcome to the alumni at the opening of the annual meeting. The corresponding secretary was authorized to have the usual notices printed announcing the annual meeting and to issue the
On motion of Dr. E. H. Rider, the report was adopted and ordered entered upon the minutes.
The Treasurer, Dr. T. F. C. Van Allen, presented his report for the year, as follows:
Dr. Various bills paid from April 19th, 1899, to May 2, 1900, for which vouchers are presented...
THE COLLEGE BUILDING FUND. At last report this fund amounted to $74.46. Interest to January 1, 1900, $3.00, makes a total of $77.46. (Signed.] T. F. C. VAN ALLEN,
Treasurer. On motion, the report of the Treasurer was referred to a committee consisting of Drs. W. W. Scofield, C. G. Cole and F. T. Clarke, who examined the same, compared the disbursements with the accompanying vouchers, and subsequently reported it correct. On motion of Dr. F. A. Palmer, the report of the committee was received and the committee discharged, and the report of the Treasurer accepted and ordered placed on file.
The President's address being the next order of business, exPresident Maben was called to the chair, and President Mitchell delivered the following address:
PRESIDENT MITCHELL'S ADDRESS. Fellow Alumni:
The objects of this association are comprehensively stated in the constitution adopted in 1874 thus: “To promote the interests of the Albany Medical College and to cultivate social intercourse among its members,"
The various questions of means and methods of accomplishing these ends and the many phases of interest and issue involved have been ably presented in the addresses of successive presidents from year to year at the recurring annual meetings.
It had occurred to me that it might be profitable for us to reflect for a little while to-day along the lines that are suggested in a general way by a nasty glance at the two clauses which combined constitute the statement of the ends of our being an organization. The college contemplates manhood, and manhood contemplates society.
We may assume that we best promote the interests of our alma mater when we cherish and display a true and worthy manhood and we associate ourselves together for mutual fellowship stimulus and co-operation to this end.
Here I am tempted to announce as the general subject of our reflections “The Doctor as a Man and a Citizen," but a practicing physician is somewhat amateurish in public address, and perhaps it is better to leave myself “fancy free to rove" without any superposition of definitely prescribed lines of thought or literary forms of expression. The college was made for man, not man for the college. It is in place here to assert that there is scarcely room for two opinions on the question of a higher standard of medical education. In view of the strides which characterize the conquering advance of social interest and forces in all directions, the perplexing and intricate problems which are yet to be solved, and the increasing facilities for study, it is natural to demand that the course of education for the physician should be extended. Society has a right to require that the medical alumnus should be a complete man with trained intellect, quick perception and good judgment as well as a sympathetic heart and a refined taste, and that he should have that well guarded faith in himself and in his art which will make him a competent and worthy master of the situation. No other agency is better adapted to secure compliance with this reasonable demand than the alumni association. On account of considerations that need not be mentioned here, the great majority of its members are interested on the side that is so plainly right.
No other agency can do so much to secure liberal and adequate endowment of the college, and thus to obviate one of the most formidable difficulties in the way of the reform, viz: dependence on the patronage of numbers-quantity rather than quality. The alumni association by its prestige and influence in the college it represents and by enlisting the sympathy and co-operation of other associations in a similar work in their respective institutions may eventually secure that uniformity of provision and practice in high standard requirements for entrance and graduation without which no effective results in rectification of the evils can be accomplished.
The associat can also do much to awaken public interest and demand for a high standard of qualification for the great and sacred truths that are committed to the keeping of the medical profession, and to secure the enactment and execution of such legislation as shall rigidly enforce these just requirements upon all alike.