9 Sept 1943
Excerpt from a letter of recommendation about George Stout from Dr. Paul Sachs (Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard) to Huntington Cairns, Secretary-Treasurer of the National Gallery of Art. September 9, 1943.
“Lieutenant George L. Stout (now stationed at Anacostia Field) is, on the technical side over a wide area, one of the best qualified men to deal with questions of safe guarding and restoration. He is, however, much more than this. He has always approached the problems from the point of view of their relation to general culture and is singularly clear-headed in his understanding of the relation of his special work to the broader problems of human civilization. In addition, he is a clear-headed organizer who has the power of attracting loyalty and devotion from those who work with him and has a clear eye for the selection of subordinates.
I can think of no man who would make a more efficient, more loyal head of any kind of conservation service in connection with the armed forces of the United States than would Lieutenant Stout [ . . . ]
[ . . . ] It may be well to mention that Lieutenant Stout has for many years past been closely in touch with European authorities on conservation in all its phases. He has attended European conferences where he has played a prominent part, and he is known and respected in many countries as a leading authority on the subject.”