October 1, 1999
When Academe Is a Family Affair
Even in success, second-generation professors ask themselves: Is blood thicker than scholarship?
What do John Kenneth Galbraith, Derek Bok, and Milton Friedman all have in common?
Their kids. All of them have gone into the family business.
For a profession that thrives on endless analysis, academic families are like a Freudian fantasy come true. The Oedipal jokes alone could fill a monograph. But if success in academe is based on intellectual