NEW YORK (Nov. 24)
Dr. Bela Schick, world famous pediatrician and discoverer of the Schick test of immunity to diphtheria, was honored here last night by 500 leaders of American medicine at a dinner given in his honor by the new College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.
In recognition of his contributions to the field of medicine, friends and colleagues of Dr. Schick will inaugurate a $1,000,000 fund for the establishment of the Bela Schick Department of Pediatrics at the new college. At a special academic convocation held before the dinner, Dr. Schick, who is celebrating his 75th birthday, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters conferred by Yeshiva University. Also, an award was presented to him on behalf of the Finnish Pediatric Society.
Earlier in the day, speaking before the Council of Organizations of Yeshiva University, Mayor Vincent Impellitteri, called for the doors of America to be kept open for immigrants fleeing from Communism, asserting that leaving the doors open provided the only hope for such people. Prof. Albert Einstein, in a message to the University, commenting on the building of the new medical school, declared: “To my mind, this undertaking is of the greatest importance to American Jewry; it is an act of self-help to make it possible for many of our young people in this country to study medicine.”