Friday, January 05, 2007

120 years young

Since 2007 marks the 120th anniversary of the university, it seems that every day is a new opportunity for me to return to the very roots of this place for inspiration. Today, the idea of roots has sprung into life with this image, scanned for a proposed upcoming project (about which more later, if the proposal is accepted!).

Here we see faculty member Dr. William Fitch Allen, known by all as "Pop," standing on Marquam Road, in the clearing that was to become the location for the first building here on our hilltop campus. In 1918, ground was broken for the Medical Science Building, later rededicated as Mackenzie Hall in honor of our second Dean, whose vision made this forested piece of land into a thriving medical center.

And what I said yesterday, about preserving greenspace? I guess we have done a little deforesting in our day, after all!

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