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beautiful Alden Memorial, a building for student activities and the general library. Plans for a new Mechanical Engineering building were also started. President Earle died before his program was completed. He was stricken during a chapel talk in February, 1939. His four- teen-year administration bad been the most fruitful and inspiring period in Institute history, and his loss was mourned by thousands of his friends. Professor Francis W. Roys was appoint¬ ed acting-President and served in that capacity until the election of Wat Tyler Cluverius in September, 1939. Professor Roys was then appointed Dean of Engi¬ neering. President Cluverius was also a retired rear admiral, with a distinguished Naval career, and a classmate of Admiral Earle. He entered into the work of the In¬ stitute with vigor and enthusiasm to carry forward the program that had been planned. With the Alden Memorial com¬ pleted in the spring of 1940, a plan for securing the balance of funds needed for the Mechanical Engineering building was put into operation, and numerous improve¬ ments in instruction and campus life were projected. At the end of seventy-five years the In¬ stitute has become a leading college of engineering. Its campus has expanded from six to thirty-seven acres, its enroll¬ ment from thirty-two to a fixed maximum of 650, and its staff from four to seventy- five. To John Boynton’s generous gift of $100,000 the re has been added more than $4,000,000, and the scope of the college has far exceeded the most optimistic visions of its founders. Alden Memorial 117 ] PEDDLER i9
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strengthen the financial structure, and to build morale. He gave himself vigorously to accomplishing all three. The first improvement was the beauti¬ fication of the campus, including care of trees, new walks and grading. Early in 1926 the swimming pool in the gymna¬ sium, left unfinished ten years before, was completed through the generosity of H. J. Fuller, ’95, and J. E. Aldred. Immediately thereafter, the trustees and the family of R. Sanford Riley, ’96, contributed funds for the erection of the dormitory for fresh¬ men. Sanford Riley Hall was ready for occupancy in 1927. Field buildings and steel bleachers were erected on Alumni Field and many items of equipment were added. President Earle revived daily chapel and secured funds for monthly assembly lec¬ tures. He also persuaded members of the classes of 1885 and 1886 to remodel the Boynton Hall chapel, on the grounds that it had been damaged when, during their undergraduate years, they had stabled Mr. Higgins’ horse there. The endowment was increased by nu¬ merous gifts and bequests, largest of which were $164,000 from David Hale Fa nning, nearly $100,000 from the estate of Mrs. Feonard P. Kinnicutt, $175,000 from the estate of George I. Alden, and $100,000 from the estate of Mrs. Florence S. Thayer. These raised the endowment to $3,700,000 in 1936. Near the end of President Earle’s administration, the In- titute lost two prominent alumni, William F. Ames, ’82, and Moses B. Kaven, ’85. Dr. Kaven, most active member of the Board of Trustees, had made many con¬ tributions to equipment and scholarships. His bequest to the Institute was in excess of $750,000. The first increment of a similar bequest from Mr. Ames was $250,000. The financial improvement from these sources made it possible for President Earle and the trustees to go forward with a program of campus expansion and im¬ provement. The first step was to remodel a portion of Boynton Hall. The next was to build a substantial addition to the Salis¬ bury Fab oratories, named in honor of Pro¬ fessor Feonard P. Kinnicutt, and opened in 1939. Fate in 1938, the trustees of the George I. Alden Trust agreed to build the
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Sparkling in effervescent animation . . . dismally drab . . . monotonous sameness . . . warm friendliness . . . Personali¬ ties pass in review . . . First austere Administration ... ty¬ coon Trustee to soulful secretary . . . Professors . . . Assist¬ ants . . . key dangling . . . weighed down by degrees . . . Instructors . . . keen . . . ambitious . . . subtle pounds per horsepower hour . . . Seniors . . . jobless and jobbed . . . becapped and herobed . . . cruel world waiting . . . spring in hearts . . . Juniors . . . jubilant . . . newly honored . . . now big men . . . discarding dusty traditions . . . Sophomore . . . pseudo sophisticates . . . betwixt and ’tween . . . new pastures . . . feeling their oats . . . Freshmen . . . eager, ogling, disjointed, gangling . . . enthused to melting point . . . struss strength untested . . . just frosh. W.P.I. Person¬ alities Parade.
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