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A Peek at Penn's Past

(culled from old issues of Almanac)

This Month in Penn's History

10 Years ago

10/6/92--Dr. Francine Frankel named director of the Center for Advanced Study of India, the nation's first research center on contemporary India.
10/13/92--Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies is offered for the first time.
10/20/92--Locust Walk is completed, giving new green space to campus.
10/20/92--Froelich Rainey, longtime director and savior of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology dies.
10/27/92--Mayor's Scholarship program becomes controversial, law suit against Penn.

20 Years ago

10/5/82--Speaking Out discusses the abysmal lack of musical performance space on campus and the bureaucracy of the Annenberg Center.
10/12/82--Princess Margaret of the Netherlands visits Penn.
10/19/82--Dr. John Milton Fogg, internationally known botanist and dean of the College from 1941-44 dies.
10/26/82--Morris Arboretum celebrates 50th anniversary.

30 Years ago

10/17/72--Debate on whether or not colleges should retain tenure.
10/17/72--More admissions discussion, concerning affirmative action.
10/24/72--Dr. Schrieffer wins Nobel Prize in physics.
10/24/72--Wharton opens Vance Hall.
10/24/72--University is studying new guidelines on affirmative action.
10/31/72--Two alumni, Christian Anfinsen, chemistry, and Gerald Edelman, medicine, also win Nobel Prizes.

40 Years ago

(when Almanac was published monthly)

October 1962--President Gaylord Harnwell and Provost David Goddard explain to the Trustees the details of a physical development program, designed for completion by 1975, which will make the campus a "super-block," self contained and extending westward to 40th Street.
The Charles Patterson Van Pelt Library, built at a cost of $5,195,000, is dedicated October 22.
The establishment of a Graduate Department in Folklore--the nation's first--is announced.

  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 10, October 29, 2002