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A Dartmouth Street in Paris
Edward Tuck ‘62 (that’s the Class of 1862) did more in his life than endow the Amos Tuck School of Business — which he asked be named in honor of his father, a member of the Class of 1835 and a Dartmouth Trustee. He was a pioneering philanthropist at a time when giving usually meant leaving money as a bequest in a will, rather than carefully vetting requests during one’s lifetime and donating money to worthy causes. Tuck made major donations to Dartmouth, the town of Exeter, and numerous other organizations in New Hampshire, and he supervised the use of his money closely. At the College, he also built and furnished the President’s mansion. In France, where Tuck lived for the last five decades of his life, he endowed a hospital, “adopted” 15,000 wounded French soldiers during WWI, and donated porcelains, furniture, paintings, tapestries and other works of art worth $5 million to Paris’ elegant Petit Palais museum in 1930. For his generosity, the French state gave him numerous awards, and named a street leading to the Petit Palais after him. He died in 1938 at the age of 96, and he is buried alongside his wife Julia Stell (who is recalled in the erstwhile Stell Hall dining room at Tuck) in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, west of Paris.
Addendum: The Tuck School was located in what we now call McNutt Hall from 1904-1929, until its Tuck Mall facility was built in 1930.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…