EARL RHINE AND DWIGHT DAVIS
PREPARE FOR TRIP TO LAOS
and Dwight Davis were both pre-med students at
Southwest Texas State College and worked as surgical technicians at Brackenridge
Hospital in early 1958 when they read about Dr. Tom Dooley's medical mission
to Laos. They were interested in Dr. Dooley's mission to care for the
sick and teach them to care for themselves. Rhine and Davis wrote a letter
to Dr. Dooley offering their services; however, they did not stop with
the letter. They also located and called Dooley's mother, Agnes,
in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dooley was searching for his new team
while on a lecture tour of America in early 1958. After every speech,
people approached Dooley and offered to be on his team. Dooley would often
talk with these volunteers over breakfast. Then he took notes on each
person's experiences, abilities, and personalities. He received the letter
from Rhine and Davis, who had talked with his mother, and she endorsed
the men. Dooley sent Texan Peter Kessey, one of the men from his first
crew in Laos, to interview Rhine and Davis. Kessey also endorsed them.
In May 1958, Dooley was in Texas between lectures and interviewed Rhine and Davis. Dooley asked them to be his new crew. They were both twenty-six years old when they joined Dooley.
FOR TRIP WITH DOOLEY'S HELP
PREPARATION FOR TRIP WITH MEDICO'S HELP
SUPPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS