December 06, 2017

On This Day in CWRU History: December

Below is month six of our list of significant dates in CWRU’s history. The list is not comprehensive and we invite suggestions of other dates to include.

December 1
1971 Under head coach Bill Sudeck, the newly merged CWRU basketball team lost to Oberlin College, 96-84.
1986 A new microcomputer laboratory, featuring Apple computers, opened in Freiberger Library. Almost 2400 people used the lab during its first 20 weeks.

December 2
1968 The newly formed Afro-American Society at CWRU presented several demands to President Morse. Among them that courses leading to a degree in Afro-American studies be offered.

December 3
1828 As reported in Western Reserve College's Board of Trustee minutes, the first bequest given to the College was from Reverend Nathan B. Derrow. Upon his death, one half of Derrow's library came to the College.
1971 CWRU Trustees combined Adelbert, Flora Stone Mather, and Cleveland Colleges to create the Consolidated Colleges.

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Heraldic banner of the School of Applied Social Sciences

December 4
1915 Western Reserve University Trustees established the School of Applied Social Sciences.
1963 William Sudeck, longtime coach at Case Institute of Technology and CWRU, coached his first basketball game at Case, defeating Walsh College, 88-56. Sudeck coached basketball at the University for 36 years.

December 5
1970 The newly merged CWRU swim team faced off against the University of Akron in its first meet.
1970 The newly merged CWRU men's wrestling team participated in the University of Rochester Invitational tournament.

December 6
1930 Case School of Applied Science had its first varsity fencing match, defeating Youngstown College 9-7.

December 7
1994 The Holiday CircleFest debuted. University Circle institutions opened in the evening for holiday shopping, exhibits, music, and activities.

December 8
2003 Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the Village at 115 dormitory complex.

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Dr. Frederick Robbins, 1956

December 10
1954 Dr. Frederick Robbins, Western Reserve University professor of pediatrics, received the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology. Robbins was later dean of the School of Medicine and University Professor.

December 11
1953 Ground breaking ceremonies were held for the William E. Wickenden Electrical Engineering Building at Case Institute of Technology. Wickenden was president of Case from 1929 to 1947.
1969 The Constitution of the University Faculty was approved by the CWRU Trustees.
1986 The A. R. Jennings Computing Center opened the Microcomputer Information Center in Room 319 Wickenden.

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Heraldic banner of the School of Graduate Studies

December 12
1828 Western Reserve College faculty member Rufus Nutting and ten WRC students established the Handel Society. Meeting weekly, members practiced singing and read essays about musical subjects and musicians.
1892 Western Reserve University Trustees established the Department of Graduate Instruction, later the School of Graduate Studies.
1973 CWRU Trustees authorized planning for a major fundraising campaign. The Resources Campaign, 1976-1981, raised over $215 million.
1988 Finals week Late Night Breakfast began. Free breakfast was served to students at 11 pm at Leutner and Fribley Commons.

December 13
1969 The newly merged CWRU men's fencing team met Oberlin College in its first match.

December 15
1998 The 0.9m telescope at CWRU's Nassau Astronomical Station in Geauga County was the country's first Earth-bound robotic telescope available online to the public.

December 16
1945 Laura Diehl became the first woman to receive an undergraduate degree from the Case School of Applied Science, earning a B.S. in Physics.

December 17
1919 Western Reserve University's student newspaper, The Reserve Weekly, reported that Adelbert Main was finally wired for electricity.
1990 The move into the new Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences building began. This was the first campus building wired for data, voice, and video communications in its original construction.

December 18
1947 At the first college sporting event televised in Cleveland, Western Reserve University's basketball team defeated Fenn College at Adelbert Gym, 63-26.

December 19
1891 Case School of Applied Science and Western Reserve University varsity football teams met for the first time. WRU defeated Case, 22-0. Over the next 79 years, Case and WRU played each other 74 times. WRU had 49 wins; Case had 20 wins; they tied 5 times.
1892 Western Reserve University Trustees renamed the School of Law in honor of Franklin Thomas Backus.
1910 Case School of Applied Science and Western Reserve University fielded varsity hockey teams for the first time. They played each other at the Elysium, and WRU was victorious over Case, 3-1.
1952 Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University dedicated a plaque on their common border near Euclid Avenue in honor of the Michelson-Morley ether drift experiments of July 1887.

December 20
1922 At the College for Women Christmas Carol service, the new Harkness Chapel organ was dedicated.

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Case family Christmas party, 1963

December 23
1963 Case Institute of Technology held its first annual Family Christmas Party for all faculty, staff, and their families in Emerson Gym.
1966 Joint Case-WRU Trustee Committee recommended establishment of a federated university to be called Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) "to bring into being a nationally-recognized community of academic excellence."
1969 For the first time, the fall semester ended in December.
1973 CWRU President Louis A. Toepfer made his annual Christmas Walk across campus, bringing holiday greetings to all staff.

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Jason J. Nassau with the Burrell Schmidt-type telescope at Warner & Swasey Observatory

December 29
1941 Dedication ceremonies for the enlarged Warner & Swasey Observatory and new Burrell Schmidt-type telescope were held in conjunction with the meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

On This Day in CWRU HIstory: July
On This Day in CWRU HIstory: August
On This Day in CWRU History: September
On This Day in CWRU History: October
On This Day in CWRU History: November

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November 22, 2017

Case vs. WRU 1947 Thanksgiving Day Game and Activities

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Cartoon from the 11/21/1947 Case Tech

Seventy years ago Thanksgiving Day once again witnessed the Case vs. Reserve annual football game. In anticipation of the contest, the Reserve Tribune reported, “Turkey Day this year will witness the 55th clash between the ancient fence rivals, Case and Reserve. Few rivalries can boast as illustrious a history as this one. Having compiled a record of 34 wins and five ties in the 52 games played thus far, the Red Cats will strive this year to make it 16 straight over the Rough Riders.”

Cartoon and schedule of events from the 11/21/1947 Reserve Tribune
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Both schools held rallies at 11 a.m. the Wednesday before the game. Reserve students gathered in Amasa Stone Chapel while Case students gathered at Van Horn Field. The rallies, as you would imagine, did not end calmly. After singing the Alma Mater to close the official rally, some Reserve students had a dummy and suggested stringing it from the top of Case’s tallest tree. According to the account in the Reserve Tribune the several students “went over to Case to do their duty. But, they made one mistake. They didn’t wait for the whole crowd. While they were still outnumbered the Case boys took the dummy and proceeded to tear it apart. By the time reinforcements had arrived all that was left of the dummy was the football pants that it was wearing. These were promptly rescued....The pants were strung up in the tree and secured there. Several of the plumbers attempted to climb the tree but were promptly hauled back down. They were only de-shoed, however, in consideration for the Mather girls who were milling around inciting the boys to riot. Then some of the Case boys went out and proceeded to tie up traffic on Euclid, de-trolleying several streetcars...”

The football game was held at 10:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day (11/27) in front of 8,500 fans at League Park. It was an exciting game as the Red Cats beat the Rough Riders 13-12. As reported in both the Tribune and the Case Tech, the field was frozen and neither team could move the ball in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Reserve scored a touchdown after a 67 yard drive. Nate Corbin took the hand-off from the quarterback at the Case 45, swept wide around the left end and ran for score. The pass for the extra point was incomplete and the Red Cats led 6-0. Near the beginning of the second half Case came back and scored when the quarterback took it in from the 2 yard line. Case also missed the extra point and the score was tied 6-6.

Later in the 3rd quarter Reserve end Mike Nesteruk recovered a Case fumble on their 34 yard line. After a few plays quarterback Lahr passed to Johnny Franko in the end zone for the score. George Roman kicked the extra point and Reserve took the lead 13-6. “Case, undaunted by their opponents’ lead, came roaring back in the last period. After a punt had rolled out on the Reserve 2, Lahr was forced to kick out of danger. The kick was blocked by Case’s Bob Gorman, and the Rough Riders recovered on the 3 yard line. On the second play, Halfback Wayne Zahn carried the pigskin over on a deceptive handoff. A poor pass from center ruined the Riders’ chances of knotting the ball game.”

In the evening the Reserve ODK (Omicron Delta Kappa - national honorary campus leadership society) and Case Blue Key dance was held at Hotel Cleveland. Both the ODK and Blue Key queens presided at the dance. They were presented to the crowd and crowned by bandleader Tommy Dorsey at the halftime ceremonies during the game. The dance was held from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The cost was $2.25. per couple. Advance ticket holders at Case were entered into a raffle for ducks and turkeys held during the pre-game rally.

See accounts of other Thanksgiving Day games and events in blog entries from 2017, 2013 , 2012, 2011 , 2010 and 2nd 2010 entry.

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November 15, 2017

Thanksgiving Day Vesper Service, 11/25/1947

On Tuesday, 11/25/1947, Western Reserve University (WRU) held its regular Thanksgiving Vesper Service in Amasa Stone Chapel. President Winfred Leutner, Reverend George Nostrand, University Chaplain, and Rabbi Stephen Sherman, Director of the local chapter of the Hillel Foundation, presided. Leutner read the Thanksgiving proclamation from President Truman. Rev. Nostrand read an Invocation and The Lord’s Prayer. Rabbi Sherman read the scripture lesson and a prayer. The University Choir, under the direction of Director Russell L. Gee, also performed several songs and hymns.

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(l-r) Rabbi Stephen Sherman, President Winfred Leutner, and Rev. George Nostrand look over President Truman's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Rev. Nostrand gave the address, “Glad You’re Alive.” While the Archives does not have the text of this address, the Reserve Tribune (11/21/1947) reported that the address stressed the meaning of the first Thanksgiving as a basis for the observance of the holiday.

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Program for the 1947 Thanksgiving Vesper Service

Members of the Adelbert Student Council and Mather Student Government served as ushers. All University personnel (faculty, students, and staff) and residents of the neighborhood were welcome to attend the service.

Read descriptions of Thanksgiving and the traditional Case vs. Reserve game in blog entries from 2010, 2nd 2010 entry, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

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November 02, 2017

On This Day in CWRU History: November

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Left: Sigma Chi members, 1910; Right: CWRU’s undefeated football team carries coach Jim Chapman off the field, 1984

Below is month five of our list of significant dates in CWRU’s history. The list is not comprehensive and we invite suggestions of other dates to include.

November 1
1843 First classes were held by the School of Medicine.

November 2
1957 Cornerstone was laid for the Newton D. Baker Memorial Building on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road.

November 3
1909 Beta Eta of Sigma Chi became the first joint Case Institute of Technology - Western Reserve University fraternity chapter.
1958 Dedication ceremonies were held at Case Institute of Technology for Strosacker Auditorium. It was named for Charles J. Strosacker, Case 1906.
1969 Constitution of the University Faculty was approved by the CWRU General Faculty.
1984 By defeating Carnegie Mellon University at home, 25-17, CWRU's varsity football team finished 9-0, its first undefeated season.

November 4
1846 School of Medicine opened its first building, located in downtown Cleveland.
1890 Western Reserve University played its first varsity football game, losing to the Clevelands, 6-0.
1988 The Microcomputer Information Center closed as the result of the reorganization of computing and information services. A. R. Jennings Computing Center took over some of the support services at its location in Crawford Hall.

November 6
1920 Case School of Applied Science ran its first varsity cross country race, placing 6th out of 7 teams in the Big Six Meet held at Ohio Wesleyan University.

November 7
1891 Case School of Applied Science played its first varsity football game, losing to Buchtel College, 42-0.

November 8
1985 Frederick Gregory spoke on campus at the Minority Engineering Career Conference. Gregory was the first African-American to pilot a spacecraft when he flew Challenger in 1985. His father, Francis, was a 1928 graduate of the Case School of Applied Science.

November 9
1934 Thwing Hall was dedicated as Western Reserve University's new University Library. It was named for former WRU president Charles F. Thwing.
1961 Former U.S. president Dwight Eisenhower was the guest of honor at “Night with Ike,” held at Horsburgh Gym. The program was televised to Strosacker Auditorium and Tomlinson Hall.
1996 Phi Delta Theta fraternity celebrated its 100th anniversary. It was founded at Case School of Applied Science in 1896.

November 10
1971 Louis A. Toepfer was inaugurated as CWRU's second president.
1979 CWRU sorority Sigma Psi held the first “Mr. CWRU” contest before a capacity crowd at Fribley Commons. Scott Elliot, a Cleveland Institute of Music student, was the first Mr. CWRU.
1994 Campus News reported that the Cleveland Institute of Music was online with CWRUnet. It was the first external organization connected to CWRUnet.

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Dwight Eisenhower, T. Keith Glennan, and Henry Heald honor Eisenhower, 11/9/1961

November 11
1902 Dedication ceremonies were held for Haydn Hall. Named for former WRU president Hiram Haydn, Haydn Hall opened as a women's dormitory.
1921 Memorial tablet honoring the Western Reserve University men who died in World War I was unveiled in Amasa Stone Chapel.
1955 Case Institute of Technology held groundbreaking ceremonies for the Sam W. Emerson Physical Education Center. Sam Emerson graduated from Case in 1902.
1988 As reported by The Observer, a Macintosh computer virus NVIR affected CWRU computer labs. It was unknown how the virus arrived on campus. Computer disks were checked for the virus before use in campus computer labs.

November 12
1938 Case School of Applied Science varsity football team played their final home game at Van Horn Field, losing to Miami University, 27-12. Case games would return to campus in 1953, playing their home contests at Western Reserve University's Clarke Field.
1948 The newly established NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) chapter at Western Reserve University held its first meeting.

November 13
1922 Administrators, students, and trustees from Western Reserve University, Case School of Applied Science, School of Education, and the School of Art gathered at Adelbert Gym to celebrate Armistice Day.
1926 Dedication ceremonies were held for the Allen Memorial Library.
1984 Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the U. S. Supreme Court, spoke at Gund Hall as part of the Sumner Canary Lecture series.

November 14
1969 The dormitory complexes on Murray Hill and Carlton Roads were dedicated.

November 15
1969 Western Reserve University beat Case Institute of Technology in football, 28-14. It was the final time these schools would play each other in football. Since their first game in 1891, WRU won 48 times, Case won 20, and 6 games were tied.
1980 Dedication ceremonies were held for the newly renovated Thwing Student Center and Claud Foster Park.
1988 Trustee Executive Committee added sexual orientation to CWRU’s non-discrimination policy.

November 16
1958 Newton D. Baker Memorial Building was dedicated.
1980 David V. Ragone was inaugurated as CWRU's third president.
1997 I. F. Freiberger Pavilion in the Kelvin Smith Library and I. F. Freiberger Field were dedicated.

November 19
1999 CWRU Film Society presented a marathon of films from Hollywood Director, Stanley Kubrick, who died in March 1999. Films shown were Eyes Wide Shut, Dr. Strangelove, and A Clockwork Orange.

November 24
1970 First joint meeting of the Executive Committee of the CWRU Trustees and Faculty Senate was held.

November 25
1988 Fire destroyed the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house at 11120 Magnolia Drive. Losses were estimated at $750,000.

November 26
1963 University convocation was held in memory of President John F. Kennedy at Amasa Stone Chapel.

November 28
1988 One-to-One Fitness Center began full operation.

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WWI memorial tablet, 1921

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October 11, 2017

On This Day in CWRU History: October

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left-right: Case Main after 1886 fire; Philozetian Society membership certificate, 1868

Below is month four of our list of significant dates in CWRU’s history. We make no claims that the list is comprehensive and invite suggestions of other dates to include.

October 1
1917 The Dental School moved to University Circle, from downtown, holding the first classes in its newly purchased building on Adelbert Road.
1918 In response to the United States' entry into World War I, the Student Army Training Corps at Case School of Applied Science began induction of students.
1948 As reported by Western Reserve University's newspaper, Reserve Tribune, the 30 year old fence separating WRU and Case Institute of Technology was removed. Timber from the fence was burned at the Case-WRU bonfire before their annual football game.

October 2
1961 Cornerstone ceremonies were held for the John Schoff Millis Science Center.

October 3
1827 Western Reserve College held its first classes in Hudson.
1881 First regular classes at Case School of Applied Science opened in downtown Cleveland with 16 students in attendance. Classrooms were in the former residence of the Case family and a laboratory was set up in the barn.
1903 As reported by Case School of Applied Science student newspaper, Case Tech, a five year combined degree program at Case and Western Reserve University was established in the fall of 1903.
1972 As reported in The Observer, Vis-a-Vis was chosen as the name through a "Name the Yearbook" contest for the first all-CWRU yearbook.

October 4
1826 Classes for the newly founded Western Reserve College began in nearby Tallmadge Academy with a freshmen class of three men.
1987 Agnar Pytte was inaugurated as CWRU's fourth president.

October 5
1908 Western Reserve University Trustees approved an affiliation with the Cleveland School of Pharmacy.
1967 CWRU trustees approved the university's first affirmative action/equal employment opportunity for minorities program.
1968 First football game played at the newly opened Edward L. Finnigan Playing Fields. Western Reserve University lost to Grove City College, 14-11.
2001 The Agnar Pytte Center for Science Education and Research was dedicated.
2004 CWRU hosted a nationally televised vice presidential debate between John Edwards and Dick Cheney.

October 6
1951 Justice John H. Clarke Field re-opened on the Western Reserve University campus after major renovations. The field had been used by WRU for athletics since 1891.
1951 Case Institute of Technology held its first "Band Day." Alumni bandsmen joined the band for its pre-game and half-time shows. The Case band's six foot drum made its first appearance on the gridiron since the 1930s.

October 7
1929 Dedication ceremonies for the Institute of Pathology were held.
1973 Kent Smith Quadrangle, the former Case Institute of Technology quad, was dedicated.
1986 Art in the Circle, a campus art consignment shop, opened in the basement of Tomlinson Hall.
1989 Tyler House sponsored its first annual "Jello Jam." 1000 pounds of cherry Jello was used for Jello "wrestling, twister, sliding, snarfing, sliming and stupid human Jello tricks."

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Case WWI Student Army Training Corps marching on campus

October 8
1997 CWRU Board of Trustees celebrated 25 consecutive years of a balanced budget.

October 9
1924 Dedication ceremonies for the School of Medicine's new University Circle home were held. In 1992, the building was named for former faculty member Harland G. Wood.
1924 Robert E. Vinson was inaugurated as Western Reserve University's seventh president.
1961 Charles M. White Metallurgy Building was dedicated. Instead of a ribbon cutting to open the building, a steel ribbon was melted.
1962 Olin Laboratory for Materials was dedicated.
2002 Dedication ceremonies were held for the Peter B. Lewis Building.

October 10
1953 Case Institute of Technology football home games returned to campus, WRU’s Clarke Field, after a 15 year absence. Case home games had been played at Shaw High School in East Cleveland.

October 13
1946 Hillel Foundation held its first meeting at Western Reserve University.
1962 The John Schoff Millis Science Center was dedicated.
1989 As reported in The Observer, a new computer lab opened in Sears Library. It featured Macintosh SEs and ImageWriter LQs. Software such as PageMaker 3.02, Hypercard, and Microsoft Word 4.0 was available. Laser printing was 25 cents per page.

October 14
1904 The Mather Advisory Council reported that "labor-saving" electric laundry machinery was installed in Guilford House for use by students. The equipment cost over $1000.
1986 Peter R. Musselman Quadrangle was named. The Quadrangle was bounded by Amasa Stone Chapel, Adelbert Hall, Eldred Hall, and the eastern edge of the Kent Smith Quadrangle (also known as the Case Quad).
1989 The groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Richard F. Celeste Biomedical Research Building.

October 15
1862 Western Reserve College's Commencement was postponed from its scheduled July 10 date due to the absence of most students fighting in the Civil War.
1912 Electric lights were installed in all classrooms in the Case Main Building.
1989 CWRU formally announced a five-year $350 million fund raising campaign called, "The Campaign for Case Western Reserve University."

October 16
1948 The first televised Case Institute of Technology football game was broadcast by WEWS-TV. Ohio Wesleyan University defeated Case, 26-13.

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Winfred Leutner and T. Keith Glennan knock down fence separating Case and WRU campuses, 1948

October 17
1969 Dedication ceremonies were held for Crawford Hall.

October 18
1922 The Case School of Applied Science newspaper, Case Tech, published parking rules for campus. The article stated that "many institutions are not allowed to park their cars on college grounds at all," and asked for "cordial" cooperation from faculty and students.

October 19
1910 Case Tech reported flaming arcs were placed on poles 45 feet high to light half of the field for football practice. These lights replaced arc lamps and reflectors.

October 20
1920 Democratic vice-presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt campaigned at the Franklin Thomas Backus School of Law building on Adelbert Road.

October 21
1892 A special convocation, "The Discovery of America," was held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the landing of Christopher Columbus.
1973 The Mather Gallery, a student art center in Thwing Hall, opened.

October 23
1987 As reported in The Observer, Sports Information director David Montgomery established a "Dial-a Sports" line for CWRU sports. Fans could get weekly updates on games played by CWRU athletic teams.

October 24
1828 Western Reserve College students established their first organization, the Philozetian Society. Activities of the Society included orations, compositions, debates, and disputes or disputations (extemporaneous debates).
1892 Clark Hall and Guilford House were dedicated. They were the first buildings on Western Reserve University's Flora Stone Mather College campus.
1986 Ground was broken for the new Weatherhead School of Management building, Enterprise Hall, later known as Nord Hall.

October 25
1975 Case-Reserve Athletic Club (now Spartan Club) held its first Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

October 26
1882 Dedication ceremonies for Adelbert, Pierce, and Cutler Halls were held. They were the first Western Reserve University buildings in University Circle. Instead of a formal Commencement exercise, degrees were conferred after the dedication ceremonies.
1989 Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the new home of Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at the northeast corner of Bellflower and Ford Roads.

October 27
1886 Fire gutted the Case Main Building, the first Case School of Applied Science building in University Circle.

October 28
1847 Phi Beta Kappa established the first Ohio Chapter, Alpha, at Western Reserve College.
1922 Western Reserve University ran its first varsity cross country race, defeating Wooster College, 25-30.

October 29
1999 David H. Auston was inaugurated as CWRU's fifth president.

October 30
1992 The cornerstone and dedication plaque were unveiled for the Kent Hale Smith Engineering and Science Building at a ceremony held at Adelbert Gym.

October 31
1964 Dedication ceremonies were held for the Murray Hill dormitory complex.

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The Campaign for Case Western Reserve University, 1989

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September 15, 2017

Namesakes - Harland G. Wood and Wood Building

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Variously called the West Wing, the School of Medicine, and the Mather Building, the Harland Goff Wood Building is the School of Medicine Building opened in 1924.

Harland G. Wood
Harland Goff Wood was born 9/2/1907 in Delavan, Minnesota, one of six children. He graduated from Macalester College in 1931 with a B.A. in Chemistry and received the Ph.D. in Bacteriological Chemistry from Iowa State College (later Iowa State University) in 1935. He married Mildred L. Davis in 1929 and they had 3 children.

Before beginning his tenure at Western Reserve University (WRU) in 1946, he was a Fellow for the National Research Council at the University of Wisconsin, Instructor and Assistant Professor of Bacteriology at Iowa State, and Associate Professor of Physiological Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. In 1946 Dean Joseph Wearn recruited Wood to the School of Medicine.

Wood came to the University as the head of the Biochemistry Department. He served as Dean of Science 1967-1969. In 1970 he was named University Professor and he retired with the title University Professor Emeritus effective 7/1/1978. At the time of mandatory retirement ages for faculty, the Board of Trustees voted to allow Wood to continue his work. He worked until his death, having an article accepted for publication on the day before his death on 9/12/1991.

As a graduate student he discovered that carbon dioxide was used by bacteria and animals, including humans. “This discovery helped to change the current scientific thinking and led to the eventual understanding of the essential unity of metabolic processes in almost all living tissues.” Wood continued his research on how carbon dioxide was incorporated into the body, “tracing pathways of metabolism and discovering whole new enzymes in the process. His findings had far-reaching implications for understanding cell biology and for the treatment and cure of metabolic diseases.” He was one of the first to use radioisotopes to view the workings of a cell.

In addition to his research work, and leadership as chair of the Biochemistry Department, he was an important figure in the Medical School’s new curriculum introduced in 1952. He was chair of the Phase 1 Committee. As Greer Williams wrote in his book, Western Reserve’s Experiment in Medical Education and Its Outcome, “In retrospect, it is a open question whether curriculum revision would ever have gone beyond the talking stage if he had not called his fifteen committeemen...together in May 1951 and told them they were going to have a long, hard summer. The CME [Committee on Medical Education] could not have found a better man to lead the charge. Wood was not a CME member and did not speak for the Dean; he was pure faculty.”

Wood was involved in many professional activities, serving as president of the American Society of Biological Chemistry and secretary general of the International Union of Biochemistry. He served on many editorial boards of professional journals. He was a member of the President’s Scientific Advisory Committee, Atomic Energy Commission Advisory Committee for Biology and Medicine, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Sciences. Wood was a Fulbright Scholar in Australia and New Zealand and a Commonwealth Fellow in Germany. He received many awards and several honorary degrees, receiving the honorary doctor of science from CWRU at the 1991 commencement ceremony.

Special symposia were held on the occasions of Harland Wood’s 70th and 80th birthdays. “A Symposium Honoring Harland Goff Wood” was held 9/9-9/10/1977 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Opened by CWRU President Louis A. Toepfer with a welcome by Medical School Dean Frederick C. Robbins and past dean Joseph T. Wearn, convenors and speakers included Nobel laureates Carl F. Cori, Fritz Lipmann, Severo Ochoa, Arthur Kornberg, Feodor Lynen, and Konrad Bloch. Other convenors and speakers included Harry Rudney, Jerard Hurwitz, Donald R. Helinski, Paul Berg (who had yet to win the Nobel Prize), Harland Wood himself, and his brother Earl H. Wood. Held 10/22-10/23/1987, the Harland G. Wood 80th birthday party and Symposium again brought many distinguished scientists together. Seven Nobel Prize winners attended: Severo Ochoa, Arthur Kornberg, Paul Berg, H. Gobind Khorana, Konrad Bloch, David Baltimore, and Frederick C. Robbins. The Ohio Governor, Richard F. Celeste, and Cleveland Mayor George V. Voinovich sent laudatory proclamations and October 22 was declared Harland G. Wood Day.

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l-r: H. Gobind Khorana, Konrad Block, Richard Hanson, Harland Wood, Severo Ochoa, Arthur Kornberg, Paul Berg

Building
On 11/16/1992 the CWRU Board of Trustees Executive Committee voted unanimously to name the old Medical School building the Harland Goff Wood Building. This naming was not the result of a donation by Wood, his family, friends, or colleagues. It was to honor him as a great scientist and teacher.

Constructed 1922-1924, it was completed in 1924 and dedicated 10/9/1924. It was planned as part of the group of buildings known as the University Hospitals and Medical School of Western Reserve University. The Medical School building, the Power House (now the Medical Center Co.), and Animal Hospital were built first, followed by Lakeside Hospital, Babies & Chidren’s Hospital, Maternity Hospital, Hanna House, Institute of Pathology, Nurses Dormitory (Flora Mather House, Robb House, Harvey House, Lowman House), and Service Building. With the completion of the building, the Medical School moved to University Circle for the first time.

The building was used for instruction as well as research. It became known as the west wing of the Medical School after the completion of the Health Sciences Center in the late 1960s-early 1970s when Sears Tower and the East Wing (now the Robbins Building) were added to the Medical School complex. A Research Tower, added to the Wood Building, was dedicated 5/16/2003. Dr. Wood’s daughter, Louise Wood Conway, participated in the ceremony.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the use of the building after the completion of the new Health Education Campus now being built on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic.

Note: for a copy of the video of Harland Wood, Merton Utter, and Lester Krampitz (01:28:54 duration, 4.3 GB) discussing how they came to WRU and the beginning of the Biochemistry Department, contact the Archives.

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