My favorite Stead Story is one he reminds me of when we meet. It is
about how I became a Duke Medical Intern. He said that each year when the
new medical interns were selected, he always reserved the right to choose
one from the list of potential candidates. He said he looked through the
list and saw this boy from Mississippi and decided I would be his
selection for the year 1964-65.
At that time there was no formal interview process. I had visited
at Duke informally but Dr. Stead was out of town, a rare event, so we had
never met. He has never said exactly why he made that choice, but he has
always seemed to be pleased with the selection.
I see him infrequently now, but when we do meet, he retells the
story about his selection of "the boy from Mississippi." I have always
been pleased to hear the story retold. It brings back fond memories of the
journey to Duke and housestaff days.