C. Ward Crampton and Dan Beard, May 23, 1935
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This black and white photograph shows Charles Ward Crampton shaking hands with Daniel Carter Beard. The two men likely met when Crampton began writing regular columns in Boys' Life magazine, where Beard served as editor. The back reads: "He was always appreciative - a good friend." Charles Ward Crampton (May 26, 1877 - 1964) was the director of Physical Training for New York public schools, a physician, a medical researcher, and a teacher. Born in New York City, he attended the College of the City of New York, New York University, and in 1900 graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. His major contributions to the medical field include work with geriatrics and gerontology, adolescent hygiene and physical fitness, posture, and blood pressure and circulatory systems. He created what is today known as the Crampton Test or the Crampton Test for Fatal Shock, which measures the physical condition and resistance of one’s pulse and blood pressure in the resting and standing positions. Crampton was a major in the U.S. Army Medical Reserve and acted as Special Adviser to the U.S. Department of the East during World War I. From 1934 to 1937, Crampton regularly wrote columns for the Boy Scouts of America’s magazine Boys’ Life. Crampton was a strong advocate of preventative medicine and the maintenance of a personal medical record by individuals, and served as Chairman of the Committee on Physical Fitness through the Federal Security Agency, Chairman of the Committee on the Health of Adolescents, and the chairman for the sub-committee on Geriatrics and Gerontology for the medical society of New York County. Daniel Carter "Uncle Dan" Beard (June 21, 1850 Cincinnati, Ohio - June 11, 1941, Suffern, New York) was an American illustrator, author, youth leader, and outdoor enthusiast who was a pioneer of the youth scouting movement in the United States. Beard received a degree in civil engineering from Worrall’s Academy in Covington, Kentucky (1869), and worked as an engineer and surveyor in Cincinnati. In the 1870s, he studied at the Art Students’ League in New York and worked as an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly, The New York Herald, and other magazines. In 1905, he founded the Sons of Daniel Boone, an organization that later became the Boy Pioneers of America, and which was ultimately incorporated into the Boy Scouts of America. Beard became one of the first National Scout Commissioners of the Boy Scouts and served for 30 years. He later became the editor of Boys' Life magazine, the Boy Scouts of America’s official magazine. Beard founded Boy Scouts Troop 1 in Flushing, New York, which is believed to be one of the oldest continuously chartered Boy Scout Troop in the United States. His autobiography, Hardly a Man is Now Alive, was published in 1939. On back it is written, "He was always appreciative - a good friend
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Crampton, C. Ward (Charles Ward), 1877-1964
Beard, Daniel Carter, 1850-1941
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