Early Secretaries of OSA

John N. Howard

Here we look back at the Optical Society’s early secretaries, with a special emphasis on Frank Ross, the first person to hold that position. Secretaries were charged with handling the Society’s routine business, including taking notes at council meetings, negotiating with hotels for meeting space, and notifying the membership of upcoming events. After OSA’s Executive Office was established in 1959, those functions were transferred to the executive secretary.

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