In an unusually strong demonstration of McCarthyism at Harvard, a top university official has admitted that Harvard forced a leftist professor to resign in 1954 after he refused to say whether or not he was a Communist.
The admission, to the widow of former Harvard Business School Assistant Professor Raymond S. Ginger, stopped short of apologizing for Ginger’s forced resignation.
"I would not presume to … second-guess the motives or judgments of individuals in that difficult time," wrote Board of Overseers President Sharon Gagnon. "It seems clear, however, that Harvard took an action in the case of Mr. Ginger that many thoughtful people today, looking back, would not find appropriate."
Ginger’s widow, author and activist Ann Fagan Ginger, says Gagnon’s letter is unsatisfactory.