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Jenijoy La Belle, the first ...
Jenijoy La Belle, the first woman academic appointed to a full-time position as an assistant professor at Caltech - in 1969, when it was still an all-male preserve for undergraduates - hailed Smith as a true Renaissance man, "witty, civilized and wise," in her tribute to him in the Los Angeles Times.
In a telephone conversation with this reporter, La Belle, a petite blonde who won a protracted sex discrimination suit against Caltech in 1977 after being denied tenure twice by a promotions committee appointed and led by the aforementioned Huttenback, called Smith's contributions to Caltech students and faculty "incalculable."
"You can't weigh how much it was," she
La Belle, now a Caltech literature professor emerita and author of books beginning with "The Echoing Wood of Theodore Roethke" (Princeton University Press), retired in 2006 and teaches at the Huntington Library.
"They kept hiring people in that field instead of the humanities, and the result was a graduate division in the social sciences but none in the humanities," La Belle
But he said the tenure controversy bubbling over Jenijoy La Belle, who had been recommended for promotion unanimously by the English faculty but overridden by Huttenback's committee and then by the institute's administrative council, ended what had started as a cordial relationship.
"When Bob took this stand against Jenijoy
getting tenure, that's when the bad feelings started," he
"I think my father took it very personally because he
had hired Jenijoy
and felt responsible for her
getting a fair evaluation (which she
Indeed, the federal Equal Employment Opportunities Commission in 1977 charged Caltech with a pattern of hiring bias against both women and blacks, after La Belle
sued the institute following her
dismissal the previous year.
The Easy Path to Publication is paved with Your Dollars: Ideas & Identities of India Pakistan
Professor Jenijoy LaBelle, professor of Literature at Caltech, carried out this test.After going through the advertisement of poetry.com she convinced three of her friends to make a submission.
Burdened with beauty, brains, a name ...
Burdened with beauty, brains, a name like Jenijoy, and a breathy Marilyn Monroe-voice, it must have been extra tough to level the academic playing field when Jenijoy LaBelle became the first woman hired as an assistant professor at Caltech, in 1969.
LaBelle, now a Caltech professor emerita of English literature, was the guest speaker at the annual Yuletide fete for members of The Associates, Caltech's 95-year-old support organization.
More than 100 Associates turned out for the luncheon held on Dec. 2, at the Caltech Athenaeum.
Titled "Random Reflections: On Innocence and Experience at Caltech
four decades teaching Shakespeare, Milton, and Donne to future rocket scientists.
"The title of my talk should be `Ignorance and Then Some Experience,' " she
Professor Jenijoy LaBelle, a ...
Professor Jenijoy LaBelle, a lit professor at Caltech, has stronger words about poetry scams: "Maybe nothing illegal is going on, but something unethical as well as unpoetical certainly is"
Jenijoy La Belle says ...
Jenijoy La Belle says her 1920s cottage "has great flow."Her living room has timbered ceilings and arched walls; Zeus looks down from an oversized fireplace, and a Farahan Sarouk rug radiates color.
By BETTIJANE LEVINE The Los Angeles Times
April 14, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CST
"Every morning I shower with Milton," says Jenijoy La Belle
, referring to tiles she found on eBay
and installed on her shower wall.
thought they were salacious," La Belle
says."I kept telling her
: â€˜Think Adam, think Eve, think the Bible.'" It didn't work.La Belle
has lived in her
little 1920s cottage in Pasadena, Calif., for a decade, and says she's
still surprised she
found something so Elizabethan, so poetic.A Shakespeare and Blake scholar and professor of English at the California Institute of Technology
spends much of her
mental time in the 17th and 18th centuries.And she
has turned her
little compound (a one-bedroom house and a separate structure, which she
uses as her
library) into an ode to her
passion for poetry.
The library, a stand-alone room with a fireplace, is a favorite spot for La Belle's
"The house has great flow," says La Belle
, 63, something that adds immensely to its pleasures."You walk from each small, narrow doorway or hall into wide open spaces.It's true of every room in the house."And although many architects talk of the trend to smaller houses as something new, La Belle
small house proves great minds were thinking that way more than eight decades ago in Pasadena.Alcoves in the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen make the rooms feel spacious and airy.
The house is filled with La Belle's lifelong collection of tapestries, engravings, drawings, carvings and, yes, even a few tchotchkes.A small golden bicycle, which she
believes was owned by dwarfs in a South American circus, is something she
picked up in Portugal that now hangs on her
front porch.A small silvery cast of a man's foot, picked up in a novelty store, bears a drop of "blood" that La Belle
painted on it, to resemble stigmata.
It is a beam-ceilinged, stand-alone room with a fireplace and small bath, which La Belle
has converted to a library.Previous owners had used it as a bedroom, she
also uses the room for dinner parties, she
says."Of course, I have to run out here from the kitchen with the food, but it's a very short distance.And friends like the fact that they can easily reach for a dictionary when we debate the meaning of a word."The living room was the most difficult for her
to furnish, she
says."That corner fireplace is big enough to park a Volkswagen
in. It's really too big for the room," she
says, which is why she
likes it so much.She
placed stone lions on the hearth, but couldn't decide what to do with the mantel, which is carved wood.