Walker Evans, a noted photographer and recipient of several Guggenheim Fellowships, makes four visits to Wheaton during 1940-1941 to lecture and photograph the campus.
1940 - 1941Walker Evans Visits Wheaton
Dr. Sidney B. Fay, Professor of History at Harvard University, speaks at Commencement.
“Dr. Mac,” Walter Oscar McIntire was a professor of philosophy and education from 1914 to 1941. A beloved teacher, students knew him as gentle, dedicated, serious and approachable. He performed marriage ceremonies for many alumnae, usually in Cole Memorial Chapel.… Read More »
Naylor House, at 42 Howard Street, was named for Annie M. Naylor, from whom it was purchased in 1941. It is now the Counseling Center.
1941 - 2003Holcombe Austin
Holcombe Austin was a Professor of Philosophy from 1941 to 1972 (emeritus, 1972-2003).
J. Edgar Park, Wheaton College president, speaks at commencement for a second time.
The Student War Activities Board, or SWAB, organizes war relief efforts.
Dr. Barrows took responsibility for the college’s herbarium, and in 1946 was made director of the Department of Gardens, Trees and Shrubs.
In November the Alumnae Office sent out letters asking alumni what they were doing to aid the war effort.
Vera Micheles Dean, Research Director of the Foreign Policy Association, speaks at Commencement.
J. Edgar Park, retiring president of Wheaton College, speaks at commencement for a third time.
Grace B. Park, wife of Wheaton president, J. Edgar Park, is awarded an honorary degree.
1944 - 1961Alexander H. Meneely
Dartmouth College Professor of History Alexander Howard Meneely (1899-1961) began his 17-year tenure when Dr. Park retired in 1944, faced with leading the College in a period of post-war confusion and rising costs. Enrollment growth allowed Wheaton to expand and… Read More »
Dr. Alexander Howard Meneely, president of Wheaton College, speaks at commencement.
April 20, 1945, Rev. James H. Robinson, Minster of the Church of the Master in Harlem, and a prominent African-American rights activist, came to speak at Wheaton.
J. Edgar Park, president emeritus of Wheaton College, speaks at commencement for the fourth time.
In the fall of 1946, two students, Alice Taylor and Nadine Lane, became the first African-American students to be officially admitted to Wheaton.
Dr. Wilbur K. Jordan, president of Radcliffe College, speaks at commencement.
Sweet House was purchased in 1947 from the Sweet family. The following year, the ells were demolished and the porch and interior rebuilt according to a design by the College’s architect, Howard L. Rich. Used for many years as a… Read More »
Dr. Alexander Howard Meneely, president of Wheaton College, speaks at commencement for the second time.