James P. Baxter III, president of Williams College, praised the aid given to education by business, but agreed with President Pusey that business should contribute more. Baxter shared the speakers' platform with Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter at the annual luncheon of the Harvard Foundation for Advanced Study and Research and the Harvard Law School Alumni in the Harkness Commons yesterday.
Discussing the same problem earlier in the year, Pusey had urged business to take a larger share in education than it had up to now. Yesterday, Baxter said "Great as is the assistance of corporate giving to American higher education in 1956, President Pusey is certainly correct in saying that business as a whole is not giving enough."
"Many important corporations have not yet worked out programs that include assistance to liberal arts institutions," he said, "and many others have felt their way slowly. But it is very heartening that some of the companies that were early in the field in aiding liberal arts education have been giving more this year than a year ago."
He mentioned certain companies as having begun programs in the past years, "such as Gillette, Standard Oil of Indiana, General Foods, General Mills, Union Carbon and Carbide and Sylvania, to mention only a few."
To most of the 1000 assorted alumni who filled the quadrangle, the most important factor was not the speeches, but the oppressing 105-degree heat which caused the speakers to cut their speeches down. In fact, the whole program was considerably shortened by the weather.
Earlier in the program, Monte M. Lemann '03, representing the Law School Class of 1906, presented Dean Griswold of the School with $53,879, the first such gift to the School from a 50th reunion class. Griswold also announced that as of yesterday, the School had received $387,306 for its Fund from 5828 donors.