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Welcome lo Conference AM here to welcome you to the Conference on Modern Masonry on behalf of our Presi- dent, Mr. Edmund CIaxton, who is temporarily absent in Europe, and the entire BuiTcling Re- search Institute. The program we oder today will, we believe, equal in excellence any we have put together. William H. Scheick Executive Director, Building Research Institute National Academy of Sciences- National Research Council cone here and speak. This splendid coopera- tion makes it possible for the BuiTcling Re- search Institute to make the contribution to the advance of building science that is our reason for being. T would like to note that this Conference on Modern Masonry does not cover all types of We take great pride in the fact that the noted masonry products. We limited the subject on men we have as speakers on this program are purpose. Stone and clay products the subject willing to take the time to prepare papers and we have chosen for our discussion are the ones 1

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most closeIv relatecT to each other. They, are therefore a proper subject by then~se:ives for the kind of research correlation conference we are conducting. Our conference is uncler tee general super- `.:ision of a cl~air~nan Also is highly qualifiers by his broacT knowlecige of buiTcling and his knowlecige of tee conference subjects. He is- Mr. C. E. Silling, head of the architectural fiend of C. E. Sitting ancT Associates of Charleston, West Virginia. Mr. Silling began Lois world as office boy ifs tee firm he is now Pleading, following his gracI- uation front the Carnegie [nstitutc of Technol- ogy with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. He is a Medallist, Beaux Arts Institute of De- signs anc! a winner of the New York Municipal Arts Society Prize. A Fellow of tile American Institute of Architects, he scrvccl as past presi- dent anct former secretary-treasurer of the Vir- ginia chapter ancI as a past (Erector of the T\Ta- tional BoarcT of the ATA. Mr. Silling is con- sidered one of tee roost ardent supporters of n~oclular coordination and an eloquent speaker on architectural subjects.