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To Lieutenant Colonel Frank E. Lowe1
February 13, 1936 [Chicago, Illinois]
My dear Colonel Lowe:
I have just received your letter of February 11th notifying me of your recommendation for my reappointment on the Advisory Committee of the Mershon Fund. I appreciate the compliment and the distinction and am happy to accept.
When first made a member of this Committee I was not aware of whom my sponsor had been. As a matter of fact, I thought my appointment had come through the Secretary of War; it was a long time before I learned that my name had been proposed by the head of the Reserve Officers Association.
I was rather dubious about the matter, as I felt that a professional soldier would labor under a considerable disadvantage in the work of the Committee. I still think it would be much better if I were not in the Regular Army, because everything that I may do or say must bear the taint of probable professional prejudice on my part.
I have genuinely enjoyed my work with the Committee, and have derived a considerable amount of satisfaction from what has been accomplished. I have been particularly gratified to find the War Department becoming more acutely conscious of the pros and cons involved in the attitude of college faculties regarding the ROTC, and its instructors.
The regional ROTC conferences attended by large numbers of distinguished educators, were of particular interest to me, and I am inclined to think they did me more good than any one activity of the Committee. I presided over one at Lehigh University in 1933 and another at Purdue in 1934, and regret that we have not been able to stage one in the South and one in the Far West.
With thanks again for your courtesy in proposing my name,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Lowe, a member of the Civilian Military Education Fund’s National Committee, was president of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States.
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), pp. 486-.