Seventy-two days after the American Medical Association inaugurated its 118th President, this beloved physician, Dr. Norman A. Welch, died unexpectedly.
The AMA and each of us lost a man of towering strength. But his rich experience, his wide knowledge, and his good humor have not departed from us. Our memories of him are deep, and even death and time shall not take them from us. The sorrow that each of us shares with his bereaved family is profound and lasting. Yet we all can take heart that this man, this physician, this great medical leader, served his fellow man in the true spirit of his Maker.
Although I have already been installed as your President, I now pledge to you that I shall continue to carry out the duties of this office to the best of my ability. I dedicate myself and the office to improving the health standards of
Ward DF. President's Address to the House of Delegates. JAMA. 1964;190(11):982-985. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070240028007