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January 29,1945, Representative B. Carroll Reece of Tennessee, was appointed a Regent to succeed the former Representative Foster Stearns.

The Secretary stated that a vacancy exists in the class of Citizen Regents due to the regretted death of Dr. Roland S. Morris, of Pennsylvania, which occurred on November 23, 1945.

It was

RESOLVED: That the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution has received with deep sorrow the announcement of the death on November 23, 1945, of Dr. Roland S. Morris.

RESOLVED: That in his death the country has lost one of its outstanding citizens, a man distinguished for his accomplishments in the law, in diplomacy, in the promotion of science, and in other fields devoted to the welfare of mankind.  That the wise counsel of Dr. Morris in the consideration of the affairs of the Institution will be sadly missed by his associates on this Board.

RESOLVED:  That these resolutions be entered in the minutes of the Board and that a copy be sent to Mrs. Morris with an expression of the personal sense of loss felt by the Regents at the death of Dr. Morris. 


The Secretary stated that last year, due to shortage in print paper, the report could not be issued in published form for presentation at the annual meeting. Instead it was necessary to offer a mimeographed abstract covering essential items which was approved at the meeting of January 12, 1945. Subsequently the complete report was sent to press and was issued in December, 1945. Copies of this have gone to all of the Regents.

The Annual Report for 1945, including the Financial Report of the Executive Committee, has been printed, and copies have been circulated to members of the Board; other copies were before the members at the meeting. There was also a recently issued pamphlet containing a brief history of the Institution in popular form on the table.

On motion, the report for 1945 was accepted.