I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Gordon Potts, one of ASNR founding members, during our recent meeting in NYC during which we celebrated the society’s 50th anniversary. He recently sent me this letter which I would like share with our readership.
First, let me say how much I enjoyed the 50th anniversary event. What a wonderful welcome you all gave me! I am glad that Janet was sitting next to you at the banquet because it was hard for me to move around and meet all my old and new friends there.
You may be aware that I started my neuroradiology training in New Zealand. My mentor there was Dr. Stephen Moor, one of the first trainees of Dr. James Bull at Queen Square when Dr. Bull returned from prison in the Pacific after the war ended. Dr. Moor was my mentor when I started my radiology training in Auckland Hospital and he wrote a supporting letter to Dr. Bull. After I went to London to continue my training I was interviewed by Dr. Bull for a position at the Atkinson Morley. Later I was told that Dr. Bull “would have given his eye teeth” to get Steve Moor back to London! After 18 months at the AMH, Dr. Bull moved me to Queen Square for a year. Near the end of that time Dr. Bull visited Dr. Taveras in New York at a time when neurosurgical residents were doing most of the neuroradiology special procedures (angiograms and air studies at that time). I moved to the Neurological Institute with Juan Taveras and from there to New York Hospital with John Evans and, after 18 years there, went on to Toronto.
Thank you for your invitation to share some recollections of earlier days of neuroradiology. Mike Huckman is a friend of many years and he might know whether I would have anything else useful to contribute. Please give him best wishes of Janet and myself if you are in touch with him.