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Presidential tenure


Biographical Data

Personal: b. 1936, from Connecticut.

Education: Yale, History, 1957; Kings College (Cambridge, England), graduate work; Law degree from Yale, 1961.

Family: Wife: Ursula Mary Orange; Children: Abraham, Ursula, and Dina.

Previous Employment: Lawyer; lecturer at Yale Law School; Dean of Dartmouth.

After Hollins: President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, New York).

Other: After law school, named an MIT Fellow in Sudan; Legal Assistant to the chief justice after Sudan gained its independence from Britain in 1956; edited the Sudan Law Journal and Reports; edited Albert Inskip Dickerson: Selected Writings; wife, Mary Brewster, was the first presidential spouse to teach at Hollins (taught social work classes, 1979).

Events that took place during tenure

Inauguration on February 21, 1976.

  • Construction and Renovation: Moody Center built; Botetourt Hall and East renovated ; Bradley Auditorium is converted to a recital hall (now Talmadge Hall).
  • The Front Quadrangle received National Historic status designation.
  • Fishburn Library got its first computer (for cataloging) in 1977.
  • Hollins Outdoor Program (HOP) started.
  • Academic Changes: First Honors Convocation; Writing Center opened; Hollins Scholars Program established.
  • The nation celebrated its bicentennial anniversary.


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