November 21, 1952
At 2:45 a.m., in Queen of Angels Hospital, Elizabeth Muriel Hodge, 5 lbs. 7 oz., was born. Betty is small but fat, brown hair and brown eyes. She was born, after 30 minutes of labor, on a stretcher, unattended. However, both Thea and Betty are fine and unharmed by the unorthodox birth. Philip drove the Buick at 65 m.p.h. through Los Angeles, ignoring stop signs and red lights, to reach the hospital on time. A tremendously exciting experience.
November 27, 1952
Philip leaves today for a business trip in the East. Shortly before his â€™plane leaves, he will present a paper at the West Coast meetings of the Amer. Math Soc. being held at Univ. of So. Calif. Then to the airport and off to N.Y.U. The Office of Naval Research and UCLA jointly are sponsoring and paying for the N.Y. trip. From N.Y. he will go to Washington, D.C., to attend meetings of the National Research Council (trip financed by them). And from Washington to Providence to present a colloquium as guest of Brown University. And on the various routes he expects to visit briefly his parents, his parents-in-law, and his grandparents.
Thea, Sue, Philip T., and Betty will be taken care of by Miss Clary, nurse, and Erika Tronicke, our student helper. Philip will return in a week to his lonesome family.
January 3, 1953
May 1, 1953
We paid off the second mortgage on our home this week. We have the feeling that a large load has been removed. We have a settled-down feeling and enjoy living in California.
Philip will be promoted to associate professor at salary of $6000.