In the spring of 1981 the American Orthopsychiatric Association invited me to New York to receive the Fourth Blanche Ittleson Award and to address members of the Association on the history of my work in the field of attachment and loss. After thanking members for the honour they were doing me, I also took the opportunity to express my deep gratitude to the three American foundations, the Josiah Macy Junior, the Ford, and the Foundations Fund for Research in Psychiatry, which had supported our work at the Tavistock Clinic during the critical decade starting in 1953.