Tonight we are met to honor the memory of Charles H. May, and while I must first express my pride and pleasure in being asked to deliver this memorial lecture, this emotion is a little tempered by the responsibility of doing full justice to such a task.
Charles May as a man was preeminently just in his dealings with both patients and colleagues and was sought out by many, particularly of the legal profession, for this reason, as much as for his clear and analytical mind. His courage in the face of crippling accident illustrates the saying that "the fire which melts the wax tempers the steel."
May as a student was brilliant from his earliest days. Since 1879, when he was a pharmacological Gold Medalist, his life was directed by his desire for knowledge. How many ophthalmologists of the last generation could have claimed, as he could, to have
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