03 March 2009

Undertakers Must Be Idealists

Atlanta Constitution, Georgia
1914

SAYS UNDERTAKERS MUST BE IDEALISTS
W. E. Platt Says That Funeral Directors Should Be Humanitarians.


W. E. Platt, of Augusta, declared in an address Wednesday to the funeral directors of the state at their opening session at the Piedmont hotel that undertakers as well as those who follow other professions must be idealists and that the funeral director should be a humanitarian and subordinate the desire to make money or reputation.

The convention opened at 10 o'clock in the assembly hall of the hotel and over a hundred delegates were present. Mayor Woodward welcomed the delegates and the response was given by James B. Hart, of Macon. Means of obtaining a most satisfactory state law regulating the shipping of human bodies in conformity with the regulations of the National Association of Funeral Directors was discussed.

The final session will be held this morning and will be as follows:

Called to order 9:00 a.m. by C. L. Stevenson, president.
Invocation - Rev. W. R. Hendrix, Wesley Memorial church.
Vocal Selections - Regina Lynch.
Address - "What Does Association Membership Stand For?" James F. Mackey, Greenville, NC.
Address, "Necessity for Autopsies," Claude A. Smith, MD, city bacteriologist.
General discussion on embalming and funeral directing and subjects in general.
Annual Address - C. L. Stevenson, president.
Report of secretary and treasurer.
Election of officers.
Selection of next meeting place.

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