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Althouse Hall, 1968

One of the significant goals and successes of the Ten Year Development Program launched in 1948, Althouse Hall first served as the home of the chemistry and geology departments. Ground was broken on June 1, 1957, and the building, located on the...

C. Scott Althouse (1880-1970)

Born on September 23, 1880, C. Scott Althouse was the only child of Nathan S. and Miranda Althouse. In 1900, he graduated from the Philadelphia Textile Institute. Returning home to Reading, Pennsylvania, Althouse joined his father in the business...

College Relationship: Honorary Degree, Trustee
Alumni Gymnasium, c.1980

The need for more space and better facilities made the decision to build the Alumni Gymnasium an easy one. The gymnasium, which provided more room for spectators, better locker rooms and showers for athletes, and a much-desired swimming pool,...

Chester Ames was born in 1871 to William C. and Margaret Demory Ames. He first attended Western Maryland College before transferring to Dickinson in 1888. At the College, Ames was a member of the Belles Lettres Literary Society, and Phi Beta...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1893

Birth: July 24, 1829

Death: November 18, 1862; Montgomery White Sulphur Springs, Virginia

Military service: CSA, 1861-62 (Hospital Duty)

Alma Mater: Dickinson College, B.A. (Class of 1852); University of Virginia, M.D.

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1852
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium main entrance, c.1971

A complex cultural center that could seat nearly half of the college community at the time at full capacity, the Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium was dedicated on May 22, 1971. The building was designed by Architects Collaborative, Inc. and...

Paul Peyton Appenzellar, 1895

Born on October 24, 1875 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania to David K. and Elizabeth (Fohl) Appenzellar, Paul Peyton Appenzellar went to preparatory school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania as well as Dickinson preparatory school in Carlisle. He entered...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee
Year: Class of 1895
Lemuel Towers Appold, 1881

Lemuel Towers Appold was born in Baltimore, Maryland on January 27, 1862 to leather merchant Samuel Appold and his wife Susan. Following schooling at the Stewart Hall in Baltimore, he matriculated at Dickinson College and graduated with the class...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee
Year: Class of 1882

Benjamin Arbogast was born on November 13, 1825 in Pocahontas, Virginia the youngest of the nine children of farmers Benjamin and Francis Ann Mullins Arbogast. He had early schooling locally but then worked his family's land and served as a local...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty
Year: Class of 1854
Armstrong Hall

One of ten buildings that made up Dickinson College’s Fraternity Quadrangle, Armstrong Hall (Quad 8) was first used in September 1964 as the residence of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. The hall was designed by Howell Lewis Shay and Associates...

Alfred Armstrong was born on February 14, 1801 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the grandson of Revolutionary War general and founding member of the Dickinson College board of trustees, John Armstrong. He attended local schools and graduated from...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1823

James Armstrong was the eldest son of General John Armstrong and was born on August 29, 1748. He studied at the Philadelphia Academy before attending the College of New Jersey, now Princeton. For four or five years, James Armstrong studied...

College Relationship: Trustee

Born in Ireland on October 13, 1717 and known as "the first citizen of Carlisle," John Armstrong is probably best known for his victories during the French and Indian Wars. French-inspired attacks by native tribes began to erupt all along...

College Relationship: Trustee
Richard Armstrong

Richard Armstrong was born in Turbotville, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania on April 13, 1805. He entered Dickinson College with the class of 1827 and upon graduation entered the Princeton Theological Seminary. He was ordained by the Baltimore...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1827
Arts Award

The Dickinson College Arts Award honors an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution to the creative or performing arts. A committee of faculty and trustees makes the selection.

The Award was initiated by the faculty and...

Milton Baron Asbell

Milton Baron Asbell was born on August 23, 1913 in Camden, New Jersey and attended his local city schools, graduating from Camden High School in 1931. He enrolled at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in September 1933 in the class of...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1937
Atwater Hall

One of the ten buildings that made up Dickinson College’s Fraternity Quadrangle, Atwater Hall (Quad 7) was first opened to students in September 1964, serving as the residence of the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity. The building began serving as a...

Portrait of Jeremiah Atwater

Jeremiah Atwater was born the second child of Jeremiah and Lois (Hurd) Atwater on December 27, 1773 in New Haven, Connecticut. He prepared for college with Eli Bullard and attended Yale University, graduating with highest honors in 1793. He was...

College Relationship: President
Frank Ayres, Jr., c.1930

Frank Ayres, Jr. was born on December 10, 1901 in Rock Hall, Maryland. He earned his bachelor of science degree from Washington College, Maryland and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago.

He taught from 1921-24...

College Relationship: Faculty
Robert N. Baer, 1858

Robert N. Baer was born on April 12, 1834 in Baltimore, Maryland. He entered Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with the class of 1858, was elected to the Union Philosophical Society, and graduated with his class. Following this he...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1858
Baird Biology Building, c.1955

The Baird Biology Building, previously known as “Mooreland,” the home and deer park of sportsman Johnston Moore, class of 1829, was purchased by Dickinson College in 1932 from the family estate following the death of Euphemia P. Moore, Johnston’s...

Baird Hall

Baird Hall (Quad 4), part of the “upper quad” and one of the ten residence halls that made up the College’s Fraternity Quadrangle, was first used to house students in September 1964. The hall, which initially served as the residence of the Sigma...

Spencer Fullerton Baird, c.1880

Spencer Fullerton Baird was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on February 3, 1823 to Samuel Baird and Lydia McFunn Biddle, the third of seven children. The family relocated to Carlisle, Pennsylvania following the death of Baird's father from cholera...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1840
Return of the mermaid at Homecoming, 1975

Samuel Alston Banks was born in Frostproof, Florida on May 16, 1928 to Mary Gatewood and Samuel A. Banks, Sr., a prominent citrus grower and packer. The young Banks attended Lakeland High School and Florida Southern College before going on to...

College Relationship: President

Birth: January, 30 1830; Mifflinburg, Union County, Pennsylvania

 Death: May 15, 1864 (age 34); Atlanta Campaign

 Military service: CSA, 1861-64

 Unit: 3rd Tennessee Regiment "Clark's Regiment"

 Alma Mater: Dickinson...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1850