"[Simon's] family is in Berlin now. He is worried about anti-Semitism. He is a Jew,
and so is his wife (and the children). We talked about Jews a while. He said Euken
was brought to Gottingen instead of Stern because there are so many Jews there already
(Franck, Born, Conant, Goldschmidt) and they thought it better not to have another."
Linus Pauling. Letter to Ava Helen Pauling. May 9, 1932.
"Oh, I might mention that everyone from the East who writes to give Linus advice urges
him to get in touch with a Dr. Addis somewhere in San Francisco, at Berkeley, Stanford,
etc. You see how things get nosed around."
Ava Helen Pauling. Letter to Thomas Addis. May 20, 1941.
"Although [USCOM is] officially dissolved as a Committee, let us remain united as
individuals in the thought that if and when we are called upon again for further service
in this worthwhile project, we too shall be found 'standing by.'"
Mrs. Philip Schuyler Doane. Letter to Ava Helen Pauling. May 28, 1941.
"I took the exam and everything was o.k. It will take a couple of weeks for papers
to get through, and then I'll be inducted. After induction I get sent home for another
week to await orders. Then Santa Ana, probably. Some fun."
Linus Pauling, Jr.. Letter to Ava Helen Pauling. June 2, 1943.
"What do you think about Russia? I think we're going to have a lot of trouble avoiding
a war with her; if there is war, it almost means the end of the world. Perhaps this
is the end; another Dreary Day is just around the corner. I shouldn't be surprised
if we never see peace in our lives. My faith in the ability of nations to be tolerant
is weak, very weak indeed. Every nation is extremely suspicious of every other, and
these suspicions are too often well-found. Why cannot all nations have a sort of
brotherly spirit? By the way racial prejudice in Texas is horribly strong - a negro
does not look at a white man without being accused of trying to own the world. It
is such feeling that creates unrest, even between nations."
Linus Pauling, Jr.. Letter to Ava Helen Pauling. January 21, 1944.
"The doc contemplated using me as a test case for penicillin, but decided my case
wasn't bad enough. So I missed glory."
Linus Pauling, Jr.. Letter to Ava Helen Pauling. April 20, 1944.
"During the year 1944 Mrs. Ava Helen Pauling worked for several months in my laboratory
at the California Institute of Technology. Her task consisted in the separation by
chromatography of various colored derivatives of plant products and the determination
of their physical constants. I remember with a great deal of pleasure her participation
in our research which she carried out to my full satisfaction. I have no hesitation
in recommending her for an appointment which would enable her to return to the laboratory."
A. J. Haagen-Smit. Letter to Linus Pauling. October 27, 1967.
"During the Second World War, when the children were growing up, I think three of
the children were still at home or - I don't know, perhaps the youngest one was still
at home - [Ava Helen Pauling] worked for a couple of years as a chemist on a war job
making rubber out of plants that would grow in the Mojave. She was interested in chemistry
and knew a lot of chemistry but it was more an intellectual interest. She was planning
to write a cookbook on the science of cooking, because she knew what happened when
things were cooked. She knew what baking powder is and why you use it. She used
to make her own baking powder, instead of just buying baking powder. Well, she never
got that done. She was a very good cook, but she never wrote the book on the science
of cooking....It probably wouldn't have had much of a sale, because the contents might
well have been above the heads of most cooks."
Linus Pauling. Interview with Samantha Guerry. April 1991.
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