To the Editor:

My attention has been called to the statement in Mr. Hal Lehrman’s article “Two Middle East Conferences in Washington” (April 1955) that Mr. George Camp Keiser is “now” Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute, “after having reputedly spirited the control away from its founding fathers on the faculty of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.”

In the interests of accuracy I should like to point out that Mr. George Camp Keiser is not only “now” the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute, but has occupied that post ever since the Institute was organized. Indeed, if any one man may be regarded as the founder of the Institute, Mr. Keiser is that man. The School of Advanced International Studies never at any time has controlled the Institute. A close association always has existed between the two organizations, going back to the days when both were sponsored by the Foreign Service Educational Foundation. Although this particular connection necessarily ended when the School became integrated five years ago with the Johns Hopkins University, the friendly relationship has continued unchanged. . . .

Philip W. Thayer
Dean of the School of Advanced
International Studies
Johns Hopkins University
Washington, D. C.

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