On March 12, 1954, Julia McWilliams Child ’34 put together a stack of thin typing papers and carbons and started to peck loudly on her Royal portable typewriter. She was living then in France with her husband, Paul Child, and had just read a form letter mailed by Aloise Buckley Heath ’41 to Smith alumnae. Heath, representing an anonymous Committee on Discrimination in Giving, asked her letter’s recipients to withhold donations to the college until five named members of the faculty were fired for their supposed Communist membership or sympathies. In her accusation against Smith College, Heath was following her younger brother’s lead, for in his book God and Man at Yale (1951) William F. Buckley, Jr., accused Yale of fostering radicalism and atheism.
Julia Child, center, shown here with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, was in France when she learned of a campaign to fire Smith professors.