At Williams I was always on the lookout for father figures. I was taken under the wing of two people in the political science department. One was Frederic Schuman who wrote a book on international relations and whose nickname was “Red Fred.” I found his left wing politics very satisfying. I took attendance at his large lecture classes as part of my student duties for which I was paid. He got to know me as a poor scholarship student who did well, so took me under his wing. Another professor, Robert Gaudino, who died young, took the Socratic Method seriously in tiny classes that were filled with intellectual tension, in which you were expected to be deeply engaged. I can remember them being rather frightening. He was a kind of small genius.

Jim Scott '58,
Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University and a leading expert on the poorest groups in underdeveloped nations