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December 1969

Julius Lempert

Author Affiliations

St. Louis
From the Department of Otolaryngology, The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, and the Department of Otolaryngology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;90(6):702. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770030704009

I AM grateful for the opportunity to add a few lines to the many which are being written about Julius Lempert.

Julius Lempert's life may well serve as an inspiration and a sign of hope to many of the disadvantaged youth of today. He and they have many problems in common: a poverty-stricken childhood, a struggle for education, and a frustrating search for recognition and understanding. The parallel is not entirely complete, however, for few men who come from impoverished environments or, in fact, from any background, are blessed with such great ability, intense drive to succeed, and an overwhelming motivation for perfection. For this brilliant young man there was no Operation Head Start, no government subsidy, and no scholarships. His tremendous success was all the more remarkable because it was achieved in the face of almost impossible odds.

Dr. Lempert's life was a series of rebellions against the status

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