Annie Stout held a special place in the hearts of students and faculty in the early years of Penn Dental, as well as for many years after she retired. In 1878, Stout began working at the Dental School. As supervisor of the Operative Clinic Room, she was in charge of distributing medicine and materials used by dental students in their training, and became known as “Gold Annie.”
Sergeant Hall, formerly located at 34th and Chestnut streets, was built in 1900 as an upscale apartment building named The Essex. Penn purchased the building in 1924 and opened its first dorm for women. The building was named in honor of Hannah E. Sergeant, who had strong ties to Penn.