Dr. Thayer was a member of the first Editorial Board of the Archives of Internal Medicine and continued to serve in this capacity for twenty-four years.
His fine ideals and broad scholarship made him an invaluable member, and he played an important part in the endeavor to establish and maintain high standards. He never lost sight of the purpose for which the Archives was established, namely, to further clinical investigation by supplying a medium of publication.
In passing on manuscripts, he always bore in mind both the writer and the prospective reader. If a paper was not quite up to standard but showed evidence of industry and ideals, he would in his kindly manner suggest to the author certain modifications which would make the manuscript acceptable. His kindliness to young physicians who showed promise of future attainments was unbounded.
In Dr. Thayer's death, American medicine has lost one of its