In reading the essays in response to the 50th anniversary of the admission of coeds, I was pleased to see a paragraph on the "invigorating" experiences with taking chemistry cited by Lisa Dorota Tebbe '73. However, I was disappointed when she cited the downsides, including the lack of a woman's restroom in Frick Lab. That surprised me, since all of the secretaries, both in the main and departmental offices, were women. (Did they have a staff-only restroom?) In addition, female grad students no. 2 and 3 were in chemistry, entering the grad class of '63. They worked with Kurt Mislow, "imported" that year from NYU, just down the hall from the E.C. Taylor labs in the new wing of Frick. Unfortunately, they left after one year for a variety of reasons (I know at least one or both were TAs in undergrad labs).

As a co-educated male all through K-12 and college in Minneapolis (Edison H.S. and Univ. of Minnesota), I was disappointed with what I saw for males-only education, both in and outside of the classroom at Princeton. My wife and I were married after my junior year in college, so when I was a TA and a pair of high heels could be heard walking past the lab on the terra cotta floor, all 12 of my students swung their heads staring outside the door, and I did too. I went home that night and told my wife about my reaction, and said when we have kids they will be co-educated. She heartily agreed, and our two kids were.

Let me apologize to Ms. Tebbe for the boorish, misogynistic behavior of her chemistry TAs. Let me assure all that not all of us chem TAs were like that, even in my time ('62-'67). Let me assure her and others that had I (or some of my friends) been her TA, she would not have had bad experiences.