In this section, we are about to discuss the efforts conducted by RSNA leaders to overcome a huge problem; which was the increasing number of members attending its events. Over crowded meetings was something that significantly affected both RSNA members, and companies exhibiting their products at the RSNA exhibitions.
In April 1960, Dr. Donald S. Childs, who was the RSNA secretary-treasurer for about 30 years, died in his office. Dr. Childs was responsible for a number of major tasks such as managing the financial status of the RSNA during the great depression, in addition to being the business manager for Radiology, and he was also responsible for planning RSNA annual meetings.
On the other hand, the RSNA 1960 meeting was held at the Netherlands-Hilton Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio. The RSNA President, Theodore J. Wachowski, asked Marguerite Henry, the RSNA executive secretary appointed by Dr. Childes, to remain holding the same position. She was asked also to be responsible for planning RSNA future meetings after the passing away of Dr. Childs.
The RSNA Scientific Assembly in 1960 was actually too large to be held properly and in a cost effective manner at a single hotel-based location. A few number of sites offered enough space for exhibitions and scientific sessions. The RSNA executive committee was considering a number of locations in cities other than Chicago. The committee was looking for locations were members form regions other than the Midwest would be able to access easily. Sites in New York and Las Vegas were offering to manage the RSNA meetings, but the relatively high costs in such locations made Palmer House in Chicago the only suitable venue for holding the meetings.
In 1961, Marguerite Henry became the business manager of Radiology, while Maurice Frazer, MD, was chosen to replace Dr. Childs by the RSNA President, Milton H. Berg, MD. Dr. Frazer realized that RSNA needed a large budget in order to cope with the ongoing expansion in radiology field.
In 1962, RSNA expanded further to involve even non-physician members. The RSNA President Charles M. Gray, MD, oversaw the joining of the allied scientists, who supported radiology, in the annual meeting. Moreover, the RSNA Physics Committee was established and was led by Lauriston S. Taylor, DSc. The committee had members of medical physicists, and those members became RSNA full members.
It was obvious that RSNA was growing to become one of the largest radiology societies all over the world. We will continue to highlight the significant growth of the RSNA in the next sections.
To be continued…