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82 Palo Alto’s proximity to Stanford University fostered a rich intellectual and cultural environment and provided an economic base not reliant upon industry. 20 AMERICAN EDUCATION, DEMOCRACY, AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR In contrast to Palo Alto’s experience, the forces of mobilization occasionally converged on epicenters that were profoundly transformed by the war. In northern California, no city endured more severe tests during World War II than Richmond. Prior to the conflict, as Marilynn S. ”84 Located only several miles north of the deepwater ports of Oakland and situated near the terminus of the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific railroads, Richmond was a prime site for wartime industrial development.

It would seem clear that the immediate objectives of Stanford should be to turn its facilities for study and research into those channels which will make for the winning of the war and the successful foundation of a constructive and enduring peace. The first step is to make its full research staff and facilities available to the government, its agencies, and the governing bodies in the western areas to perform those tasks the government now deems most necessary. 35 By declaring that suspending research not specifically contributing to the war effort would best serve the “welfare” of the country, the PROMOTING THE “PUBLIC WELFARE” AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY 33 committee clearly strove to adjust Stanford’s founding charter to wartime demands.

S. Office of Education. ”45 Stanford divided its course offerings into four divisions. m. Labeled Part-Time InPlant, the courses in the first division included those “tailor-made for upgrading on jobs within a war plant or essential civilian activity,” such as Strength Calculations for Ship Structures. 46 PROMOTING THE “PUBLIC WELFARE” AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY 35 The second division consisted of Part-Time Open courses designed to meet specific needs common to a group of industries. m. 51 Stanford’s ESMWT offerings in November 1943 included 54 classes, with approximately one-third directed toward employees of specific defense plants or branches of the armed forces and the other two-thirds open to any individual meeting the necessary prerequisites.

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