Here’s another small “find” found in a folder of papers my mother saved years ago following the death of her longtime friend and former mentor, University of Hawaii Professor Carey D. Miller in 1985.
It’s a June 21, 1924 letter to Miller from Dr. Lillian Storms, describing her travel to Dunedin in New Zealand’s South Island.
Storms, who earned a Ph.D. at Columbia, may have known Miller there while both were graduate students. When she wrote the letter, Storms had just been appointed lecturer in Dietetics in the home science department of the University of Otago.
Storms’ letter describes her arrival in Dunedin with Romeo and Juliet, two white rats she received from Miller during a stopover in Hawaii, part of Miller’s small colony of laboratory rats.
“I am many times grateful to you for your help and the trouble you went to to let me have the rats as well as grateful to you for them,” Storms wrote. “Perhaps if I cannot sometime return the favor to you I can pass it on to some one else.”
What a nice message of scholarly sisterhood.