Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 369


Vijaya Lakshmi Melnick was born in India on November 19, 1937. She was raised in India and went to school there until her last year of agricultural college, when she won a fellowship to come to the University of Wisconsin. Since being in the U.S., Melnick has earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. Dr. Melnick served with Senator Muskie on the Nestle Infant Formula Audit Commission [NIFAC].

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: personal background; coming to the United States; member of NIFAC; Nestle Infant Formula Audit Commission; Senator Muskie’s interaction with and work on the commission; background of the Nestle controversy; how the commission worked; difficulties faced within the Commission; major contributions of the commission; and Edmund S. Muskie.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.