Campus & Community

This month in Harvard history

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  • May 3, 1943 – The Harvard Corporation hosts an informal dinner for the heads of Cambridge government in the Eliot House rooms of the Society of Fellows. The results are so successful that it is unanimously voted to make it an annual event.
  • May 13, 1947 – Poet T. S. Eliot ’10 (’09), AM ’11, visits Harvard to deliver a Morris Gray poetry reading in Sanders Theatre. “Nobody ever seems to stop working,” he tells “Harvard Alumni Bulletin” undergraduate columnist Mitchell Goodman ’45. “It was certainly not like that in my day.”
  • May 19, 1959 – To mark the 50th anniversary of A. Lawrence Lowell’s election to the Harvard presidency, the Harvard Corporation renames the New Lecture Hall (1902), henceforth to be known as A. Lawrence Lowell Hall.
  • May 19, 1970 – Workmen finishing razing the last of Lawrence Hall (1850), irreparably damaged by fire on May 7. The building had already been slated for demolition, to make way for the Science Center.– From the Harvard Historical Calendar, a database compiled by Marvin Hightower