Letter from Gene Klingberg to Margaret Gladys Smith, May 20, 1964

William Gene Klingberg, professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, sent this letter of congratulations to his former teacher and colleague, Margaret G. Smith. Smith, a leader in the field of pediatric pathology, retired from the Washington University School of Medicine as professor emeritus and lecturer in Pathology in 1964. Klingberg, a 1943 graduate of the Washington University School of Medicine, served his internship and residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital before joining the faculty of his alma mater in 1947. In 1960 Klingberg left Washington University for West Virginia University.

Letter of congratulations from Gene Klingberg to Margaret G. Smith, 5/20/1964

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May 20, 1964

Dear Margaret,
      May I first send you my warmest greetings, and especially on a day that I hope is a most proud one for you. I only wish I could be there in person to tell you all this, but I have students to graduate too. I would give anything to be able to hear you talk about our viruses again, but most particularly to help do honor to you for a tremendous career in the academic world.
      I feel I owe you a great deal, both as a student of yours, & then as a colleague. Your acceptance of your students as colleagues always impressed me a great deal. Your contributions to research and teaching and especially to Pediatrics, Dr. Hartmann and our St. Louis Children’s Hospital and all its staff have meant real progress – well trained people – grateful people. I am sure that even tho officially “retired” you will continue to work and contribute for the benefit of all.
      Now maybe you will have time to come visit us here – we’d love to have you. My wife joins me in wishing you our very best.
                        Gene Klingberg