New York Times

Chicago University Drops Sociologist Arrested with Woman


CHICAGO, April 16. -- William Isaac Thomas, Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, who was arrested at a hotel last week with Mrs. R. M. Granger, the young wife of an army officer now serving in France, was dismissed from the university Faculty today.

This action was taken at a secret session of the Board of Trustees upon the recommendation of President Harry Pratt Judson. Professor Thomas was not present, and, it is understood, made no defense.

Although Professor Thomas's dismissal closes the case so far as the university is concerned, Federal and civil authorities continue their investigation into the movements of the professor, who is 55 years old, and Mrs. Granger, who is 24. On Friday Professor Thomas will be called before the Morals Court to face a charge of disorderly conduct. A warrant has also been issued for the arrest of Mrs. Granger on the same charge, but has not been served because of her illness.

Mrs. Thomas, wife of the professor, who has been nursing Mrs. Granger, said today that she was still very ill. Mrs. Thomas has called her husband's actions those of a "silly boy." Mrs. Granger still refers to Professor Thomas as "Daddy."

Meanwhile Federal agents, having traced the movements of the couple from New York to Chicago, via Washington, have submitted new evidence against them to the Department of Justice.


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