Education: Freedom & Lines

Off campus, almost no one had known or cared about the two professors who had been fired at Oregon State College. A few weeks ago President A. L. Strand had simply told them that, after June, their yearly contracts would not be renewed. Since he had given them "timely notice," he saw no reason to explain.

Then anonymous letters began arriving in Portland and Salem newspaper offices. Here was a question of academic freedom, the letters hinted, which reporters should investigate. After that, the rumpus began. By last week, the firing of Chemist Ralph Spitzer and Economist L. R. La Vallee showed...

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