National Affairs: THE MEN WHO DECIDED

The three U.S. citizens who ruled on the case of Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer last week gave their decision no political complexion. Oppenheimer was hired under a Democratic Administration, challenged under a Republican Administration. On the Atomic Energy Commission's special Personnel Security Board, the two Democrats opposed Oppenheimer, the Republican supported him. The three men who decided:

Gordon Gray, 45, chairman of the board, is president of the University of North Carolina. Born to wealth (his father was president of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.), Gray took to heart a remark made to him by his cousin Polly: "Now remember, Gordon,...

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