--Kendall King, 1966
One of the original surveyors was Kendall King, a biochemist from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, who would spend many years working on projects in Haiti and who developed the Mothercraft concept, a system for teaching mothers how to feed and care for children using simple and inexpensive techniques.
Once the data collected during the survey were analyzed and interpreted, the Williams-Waterman Fund
established nutrition rehabilitation centers throughout the country.
King's Mothercraft concept was later implemented in other developing countries.
In a letter to Smith at the end of the survey, King
wrote, "La balle finish.
In a letter that June, Smith wrote to King
, "Unless the Williams-Waterman Fund
develops a workable scheme that will withstand the wind of change and keep on growing no matter what may happen in temporal affairs, and unless that scheme is put into operation very shortly, we had better write off Haiti and leave her in the hands of Baron Samedi.
In their correspondence, Smith and King
often mentioned a man they referred to as "M.
was living in Haiti in 1960 when Smith was planning a visit to the country.
In a letter where the two discussed their upcoming meeting, King
wrote to Smith, "The only other indispensible [sic] item to bring along is a bottle of good cheap vitamin pills for Big.
Then, in August 1962, Smith received a letter from King
"It is apparent...that Big's death was no accident," wrote King
In 1969 Kendall King became assistant vice president for grants at Research Corporation.
When Sam Smith left Research Corporation to become the first executive director of the M.J. Murdock Foundation in 1975, King headed the Fund, and eventually served as vice president of the Foundation.
In a 1975 article about Haiti in Chemtech, Kendall King
wrote "A child's entire life is determined in large measure by the food his
mother gives him during his
first few years.