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[[three pages]] [[image - hand-drawn caricature of Dr. F. D. Patterson]] [[end page]] [[start page]] This is Dr. Pat's book. It is far from complete, for already his achievements, like those of all men who are larger than life-size, would fill many volumes. These pages, then, contain only a few of the highlights in the first twelve years of the United Negro College fund. They were compiled by UNCF staffers who tried to capture within these covers something of the excitement and sense of high purpose which marked the advent of America's first educational chest. As old files were explored and the incredible success story which is the Fund began to unfold in telling detail, it became increasingly the story of a man with a gift - the gift to fire others with his own great spirit of unselfish dedication. Many of the hearts and minds he kindled belonged to the greats and near-greats of our time, but the bright light of their recognition and approval never dimmed his deep appreciation for the least of the Fund's friends. If he had no other claim to greatness - and his [[end page]] [[start page]] are legion - this quality alone has won for him the ardent respect and love of all of us who have come to know him in our work. That is why we hope this book will be VOLUME I in a long, long, series. The Staff October 4, 1955 [[signatures of the staff]] W. J. Trent Jr. Josephine D. Mashhuzts Randall L. Tyus Edna H. Brabham Paul Hlfennger Betty J. Stebman Mary D. Thompson Harry L. Wright Dorothy L Barker Margaret A. Salmen Nellie Massey Rosaline S. Post Dorothy Carpenter Alan H. Rawllen Enid Armstrong Francis N Cam Davis C. Rivimus Gwen Abbott McRae C R Myers Zhua Jonks Della Higgins M of Gusbel Wm H Thema Daphne E Thorne Maggie Carroll Jo Anne F. Williams Leonard O. Davis
I cannot read some of the signatures, so some of the spellings are guesses. A list of staff from 1955 would be useful here.
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