In the foregoing essay, Norman Kretchmer, MD, PhD, has described the origin, goals, and some of the extraordinary accomplishments of the Foundation for International Child Health, founded in 1962 in honor of Samuel Z. Levine, MD, to whom this special issue is dedicated. Commendable modesty precluded a full assessment of Dr. Kretchmer's own outstanding role in furthering the aims of the Foundation, especially through his recent unique contributions in Nigeria.
The remarkable productivity of the Foundation during its early years stemmed directly from Dr. Levine's personal role in identifying programs deserving support. In his earlier wide-ranging international travels on medical missions—the last as recent as April 1970—Dr. Levine actually sought out applications from health professionals who, in his keen judgment, were doing important and unique work. This extensive and perceptive acquaintance with men and institutions assured the continued excellence of the Foundation's activities. Prudently, Dr. Levine has decelerated the pace
Barnett HL. Commentary. Am J Dis Child. 1971;121(2):104. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02100130058004