In the life of an individual, a 50th birthday is a distinct landmark—an occasion that is accepted differently by each person, but one that is certainly never ignored. In a marriage, a 50th anniversary is so important that it is usually described as golden. In the life of an organization, a 50th-year celebration provides a reference point from which to review the achievements of the past and then to look ahead and plan for the future.
The year 1974 provides such an opportunity for The American Board of Otolaryngology, for it was on Nov 10, 1924, at an organizational meeting in Chicago that the Board was formed. This was the second certifying board in American medicine, as The American Board for Ophthalmic Examinations (later renamed The American Board of Ophthalmology) was formally created in 1916 and incorporated the following year.
The organizing members of The American Board of Otolaryngology were