I was very interested to read the article on Stanley Moore in the August issue of Reed, as I had some personal involvement also. I entered Reed in the fall of 1938 and was accepted to the U of O medical school after three years at Reed. Because of the wartime acceleration in medical school, we completed the four-year course in three years.
In the spring of 1955, when I was the assistant chief of the medical department at the Veteran's Hospital, I was called into the manager's office and told that they had just received a telegram from the FBI indicating that I had been declared a security risk.
The following week I received a letter informing me of the charges. While I was a student at Reed in 1940, the Portland Censor Board banned the showing of a Russian movie called Professor Malmock, which told the story of a Jewish doctor in Nazi Germany who fled to the Soviet Union where everything was perfect. The censor board banned the movie because they felt it was offensive to a friendly power, i.e. Nazi Germany! A petition was circulated at Reed protesting the action, which I signed. Actually we all saw the movie in a private showing at a movie theater in Portland.
The FBI asked if I had ever been or was then a member of the Communist Party and wanted to know the names and affiliation of the person or persons who circulated the petition on campus. I told the FBI that I didn't remember the names of the circulators but if the same petition were circulated again, even if the circulators were members of the Communist Party, I would sign it since the movie was not banned because it was a communist movie, but because the censor board felt it was offensive to a friendly foreign power. Three months later I was informed that I was no longer a security risk. Soon after that I went into private practice in Fresno until my retirement in 1987.
The government seems to have been extremely thorough in finding records to conduct Joe McCarthy's witch hunts, so I am sure there are many more ex-Reedies who have stories similar to mine.
Thoughts on Beirut and Brier Patches
From Mary Willard Roe Bateman '58
Your article about Stanley Moore was most enlightening.
I entered as a freshman in September 1954 and heard much talk about the affair of Professor Moore. As for President Ballantine [president from 1952 to 1954], he had a p.r. problem with students. There was an old German song popular on campus at the time. The English version includes two lines: "My thoughts will not cater, to duke or dictator." When it was announced that the president had been called to a new job in somewhere healthy like Beirut there was loud cheering in the commons.
I had very much enjoyed watching the downfall of McCarthy, just as I was graduating from high school. I didn't understand when I left home that the war wasn't over yet, even at Red Reed--home of communism, atheism, and free love (that made it the old brier patch anyway).
The Dustbin Lives On
From John Champlin '96
The Dustbin Historical Society is soliciting the assistance of all alumni in its quest to discover more about the past lives of this most feared and loved of Reed houses. We are interested in any and all documents relating to the Dustbin, including photographs and bills, but especially stories. We hope, with your help, to amass sufficient material to begin a history of the house, its inhabitants, and their neighborhood.
All media are acceptable, copies are fine, and confidentiality is assured. All inquires are welcome; se habla espanol.
The Dustbin Historical Society, 3932 SE Woodstock, Portland OR 97202; 503/788-0220.
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