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THE SCENE After 25 years Few people are privileged to a close-up view of great men in the act of making history. E. Keith Stott, H&S partner in the Los Angeles Office, is one of them. Secretary and administrative assistant to the late General George C. Marshall, U.S. Army Chief of Staff during World War XI, Keith retains vivid memories of accompanying his boss to the Cairo and Teheran conferences at the turning point of the war, in November 1943. Present at one or both meetings were Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin and Chiang Kai-shek. Keith at the time was a 23- year-old shorthand expert with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. Asked by H&S Reports on the 25th anniversary of his Cairo-Teheran days to recall them for H&S readers, Keith explained modestly: "I did not sit in on any of the actual top-level political meetings. My work generally came be-fore and after such sessions and in-cluded serving as secretary for mem-bers of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and generally organizing and running the 'field' office." Both meetings were arranged in ut-most secrecy because of the danger of German air attack. "Our contingent," Keith recalls, "left Washington, D.C., before dawn on November 1 1 , 1943 aboard a sub chaser and transferred to the battleship Iowa in the Chesapeake Bay. With heavy naval escort (Presi-dent Roosevelt and the Joint Chiefs of Staff were aboard) we crossed the At-lantic, passed Gibraltar and landed at Oran, Algeria. There we caught planes with fighter escort to Cairo, Egypt, where meetings were held with the Western Allies and Chiang Kai-shek from November 22 to 26. "The main topic considered here was the choice of emphasis between the Mediterranean-Italian campaign and the Normandy invasion. There was also discussion of the war against Japan. We were so busy during this period I didn't even have a chance to walk a couple of blocks from the hotel to visit the pyramids." Keith's group flew to Teheran, Iran, where Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Marshall and others discussed the com-ing summer invasion of Europe that would close the ring on Nazi Germany. As Keith recalls: "The last time I saw President Roosevelt in Teheran he ap-peared very tired compared with his appearance aboard the Iowa. Late one night during the conference I was called to the U.S. Embassy to assist Mr. Harry Hopkins prepare a report on negotiations. As I was waiting in the anteroom, Stalin walked in with sev-eral aides. He paused to exchange pleasantries with me for a few mo-ments (through an interpreter). Al-though I knew from history and the work I was engaged in that he was a tough negotiator and a ruthless dicta-tor, this brief personal encounter was pleasant, and I appreciated it." Keith retains a strong and affection-ate memory of General Marshall, whom he recalls as "a warm and friendly person," and as "definitely a leader among military leaders. He seemed al-ways to approach problems from the positive side. Even in the most trying days of the war his decisiveness seemed infectious. Probably the secret of his success was the great care he exercised in selecting field commanders and Gen-eral Staff personnel. He expected as-sistants to give their best effort to solv-ing problems on their own in areas of their responsibility and to be willing to act on their conclusions. It is no coincidence that those closest to him were enthusiastic men, confident of the ultimate outcome of the war." "Just what Is a Certified Public Accountant, and what kind of work doss he do? What opportunities are there in the profession for black people? And for women?" These were among the questions that Edwin R. Lang (r.), Executive Office partner in charge of personnel nationally, answered during an October interview program on WETA-TV, Washington. Posing direct questions were Dick McCormack (t.) and Petey Greene (center). A frank discussion followed. Ed stated that accounting opportunities are wide open to anyone who can get the necessary training, and that a number of college scholarships are available. He mentioned especially our Firm's association with the Howard University Business Club (H&S Reports, Summer 1968). Photograph not included in the Web version-
Lang, Edwin R.
Stott, C. Keith
Voglewede, Frederick A.
Convey, William H.
Rehula, Lad A.
Tipton, Russell D.
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H&S Reports, Vol. 06, (1969 winter), p. 07-09
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