The article in The Post Magazine Jan. 24 -- "Walter Judd Never Met a Communist He Trusted" -- by Charles Hirshberg, gives a distorted and limited picture of a great man.
Dr. Judd was a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 1947 through 1962, years of extensive and innovative activity by the committee. It was my privilege to serve as a staff consultant to the committee during eight of those years, from 1949 to 1957. I was thus directly in position, both at home in Congress and abroad on study missions with him and other members, to witness the accomplishments and observe the character of one of the few members of Congress who can qualify as a statesman. This characterization is not mine alone. It is shared by others who know his work firsthand within Congress.
To describe Walter Judd in terms of the so-called China Lobby and to make that the essence of the article does a disservice, unintended as it might be, to an outstanding congressman. There is much more to this intensely dedicated patriot than bitter opposition to communism, under whatever title one would describe that opposition.
Essentially, Walter Judd, when he served in Congress, was a legislator, a brilliant draftsman (what a command of language!) and an orator unequalled in his time. He drew extensively on his medical training and experience in dissecting a bill, analyzing it and making it fit as law of the United States. The concrete contributions of Dr. Judd in the broad field of foreign affairs are reflected in numerous provisions of law which he had proposed either in committee or in debate on the floor of the House. Many of them still remain on the statute books. His dedication can be gleaned from the published hearings and debates on the floor of the House as published in the Congressional Record.
I have seen Dr. Judd but a few times since his retirement some 25 years ago. Each time I vow not to intrude on his modesty by declaring anew my remembrance of his tremendous contribution to our nation's foreign policies, but on each occasion I cannot resist. Particularly, I cannot resist now, for this outstanding American deserves to be regarded in his true light, not as a member of a "China Lobby" or any other lobby, but as a great legislator and statesman.
SHELDON Z. KAPLAN Washington