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Deane W. Malott

Rising Son

February 23, 1948

At the age of 32, Dr. Franklin D. Murphy – a son both of KU and of a Medical School “founding father” – agrees to become dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, the youngest man in the nation to hold such an office.

Artful Lodgers

January 22, 1946

Amid a post-World War II campus housing crunch, the University Daily Kansan reports that 80 male students – nearly all returned veterans – will soon move into the basement of present-day Spooner Hall, then known as the Spooner-Thayer Museum of Art.

Hall To The Chief

March 6, 1947

The University of Kansas signs a lease for a new residence hall that will take the name of a famed Kansa chief – thanks to a set of hand-me-down silverware.

Field House of Dreams

March 1, 1955

Dedication of KU’s Allen Field House takes place on the night of the Jayhawks’ only home conference victory of the 1954-55 season.

The Bells Of Mt. Oread

May 27, 1951

The Memorial Carillon and Campanile, a monument to the 277 KU men and women who died in World War II, is formally dedicated atop Mount Oread.

Bleacher Creature

November 15, 1946

Male students begin moving into makeshift quarters underneath the east-wing stands of Memorial Stadium, an emergency post-World War II housing arrangement known as McCook Hall.

Priority Won

December 12, 1941

After obtaining a federal priority rating by agreeing that Lindley Hall would “assume defense tasks” for the duration of World War II, KU begins work on the construction of its new mineral industries building.

“An Old Friend”

June 26, 1940

KU begins renovations that will transform the former official chancellor’s residence at 1345 Louisiana Street into a men’s scholarship dormitory known as Carruth Hall.

The Chancellor Of Firsts

September 22, 1939

Deane W. Malott is inaugurated as KU’s eighth chancellor, becoming the first alumnus and native Kansan to lead the University.

26 Rooms Riv Vu

July 28, 1939

The Summer Session Kansan announces that renovations are nearly complete on “The Outlook,” the new official KU chancellor’s residence – a willed gift from the recently deceased University benefactress Elizabeth Watkins.