colleague on the biochemistry staff from 1944 until he retired in 1971, and his departmental chairman from 1958 to 1970. I was a "kid" to him and posed no threat. He occasionally "needled" me as chairman by some irrational request or action (generally trivial), but one could see it coming and initiate an avoidance response. One of my favorite incidents was when K. P. was asked to address the graduating class in the Medical School. He grasped the opportunity, and as usual prepared his talk with great care. This was a golden opportunity for him to roast the incompetence of M.D.s and elaborate on all the things wrong with medical education. He presented his talk and then left the stage. He had arranged with the Bureau of Audio and Visual Instruction (BAVI) to play a record of the "Triumphal March'' from Aida for his exit. He had the BAVI bill sent to the Department of Biochemistry. Biochemistry was not even in the same college as medicine, so it was illogical and illegal for us to pay. So I sent the bill to the med school dean. He demurred, because he said they could have used their own scratchy Aida record if forewarned; but he did pay the bill.

People tend to play up Link as a great liberal and defender of unpopular causes. For example, some biographical records praise him as being against Joe McCarthy. On the U. W. campus during the McCarthy era, one was hard pressed to find anyone on the faculty who was for McCarthy. Link did serve as faculty sponsor for certain left-wing groups (the John Cookson Karl Marx Discussion Group, the Labor Youth League, and The Folk Arts), and this was accompanied by extensive press coverage and increased visibility. K. P. was a news reporter's dream, and reporters cultivated him for stories. In my opinion, Link did not really embrace and actively promote any radical causes, but he was happy to serve as front man. If one wanted to find a true activist in the family, one turned to Mrs. Link. She was a leader in

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