In the late 1950s he was still comfortable with the traditional format of the college course. All of his students from that era will remember Mr. Gaudino’s rigor on matters of substance by the page-by-page and sometimes line-by-line reading of important texts. Fewer, perhaps, will recall his insistence, true to Williams’ tradition, on felicity of […]

Well, I took an elementary political science course with Gaudino my freshman year. I was not then a very serious student and the results in that course showed it. My father had come east to go to Harvard Law School and was a lawyer who died suddenly in the middle of my junior year in […]

He conveyed a sense that what we were doing was, I don’t want to use the word deadly serious, but an existentially serious undertaking. These discussions were not academic. They were discussions that really mattered. Probably 8 o’clock, probably to 10 p.m., once or twice a week. It was one table, rectangular or elliptical. It […]

My senior year, there was an annex to the Theta Delta house, physically connected on the second level, and wood paneled, it was called the “alumni dorm” in those days, for some reason. I guess they put up visiting alums, at least had. Then it put up four of us. Steve Lewis, Les Thurow, Ara […]

My freshman year I played freshman basketball and was trying to keep my weight up, so I would go there and have a chocolate milkshake every night. Yes, I loved to sit in the snack bar—but probably not as much as Robert.

Only Gaudino could ask, “What would Mao Zedong think of the Williams-Amherst game?”

The generally shared perception was of a fairly apolitical quiescent student cohort not only at Williams but elsewhere. That was a reflection in the wider sense of the Eisenhower years. Spring vacation [1960] was the beginning of the Civil Rights sit-ins in the South and Eisenhower had declined to support that—he hadn’t opposed it, he […]

I remember the chief of the capital police, at the end of this, the police chief said, “Now you all come down any time you want to and we can accommodate you.”

In that time, the ‘50s, Geneva was kind of the emblem of the active diplomatic life. The Indochina accords had been reached there in 1954 and so on. And I was musing with him one day because I was really torn personally between a life of theory and a life of practice. As you know […]

Les [Thurow] thought he wanted to be a doctor and Les took an economics course, I guess his sophomore year, and it was like putting a duck into water. It was as if he already knew it. He became dean of the Sloan School of Business at MIT and wrote a series of books, “The […]


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