lifelong interest in languages. It is interesting to speculate how Fuoss, a small energetic boy from an industrial city in central Pennsylvania, fit in at Harvard? Fuoss graduated from Harvard summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1925 at the age of twenty after completing the four-year curriculum in three years. He seemed to have had an interest in football, at least as a spectator. He retained a loyalty for Harvard, participating in the small Harvard Club in New Haven during his Yale years.

From 1925 to 1926 Fuoss had a Sheldon Fellowship to study at the University of Munich. It was in Munich that he found his calling. He had a good opinion of his abilities in organic chemistry, as what summa cum laude Harvard graduate would not, but this changed in the course of his work with Wieland on the structure of the bile acids. His initial idea was to do Ph.D. research in organic chemistry, but exposure to lectures in thermodynamics and physical chemistry, along with some difficulty in finding the position of the double bond in the bile acids, caused him to change to physical chemistry. He attended lectures by Fajans on thermodynamics. Lange was also at Munich at the time. The only publication to come from the year in Munich was with Lange on the concentration dependence of the heat of precipitation of silver chloride.

Upon returning to the United States Fuoss married Rose Elizabeth Harrington. For one semester he was an Austin teaching fellow at Harvard in Chemistry B, and then in the winter of 1927 became a consulting chemist with the firm of Skinner, Sherman, and Esselen in Boston. He earned extra money by tutoring undergraduates evenings and weekends in a variety of subjects from chemistry to naval science. During this period his son, Raymond Matthew, Jr., was born only to die after two days of life. The consulting

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