Hall Namesakes

Allen: Louisa Allen (1848-1920). Professor of Domestic Science, Preceptress of the University, promoter of women's education. Married to John Milton Gregory, first Regent of the Illinois Industrial University (University of Illinois).

Babcock (PAR): Kendric C. Babcock (1867-1932). Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, provost.

Barton: Herbert Jewett Barton (1853-1933). Professor of Latin, chair of the Classics Department.

Blaisdell: Daisy Luana Blaisdell (1866-1952). On the faculty of the Department of German, social director of Busey Hall.

Bousfield: Maudelle Tanner Brown Bousfield (1885-1971). Ms. Bousfield was the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 1903 to 1905 she was the only black woman on campus and graduated with honors in 1906.

She taught mathematics at a number of high schools in Baltimore, East St. Louis, and Chicago. Ms. Bousfield was the first black dean of girls at the Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Chicago and went on to become the first black public school principal in Chicago in 1927. She received her master’s degree in education from the University of Chicago.

Upon retirement, she lectured at Fisk University and worked for the United Negro College Fund. Maudelle Tanner Brown Bousfield stands first in many distinguished categories as both a student and educator, and the naming of this residence hall recognizes her accomplishments and will stand as an inspiration for students.

Busey: Mary E. Busey (1854-1930). Member of the Board of Trustees from 1905 until her death.

Carr: Robert F. Carr (1871-1945). Member of the Board of Trustees, president of the Alumni Association and the University Foundation, chair of the Memorial Stadium building committee.

Clark: Thomas Arkle Clark (1862-1932). The first person anywhere to hold the title "dean of men." Became a legend during his 30 years of service.

Daniels: Arthur Hill Daniels (1865-1940). Professor and head of the Department of Philosophy, acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, dean of the Graduate School, and acting president of the University.

Evans: Laura B. Evans (1860-1932). Member of the Board of Trustees from 1903 until her death.

Forbes: Stephen Alfred Forbes (1844-1930). Civil War soldier, dean of the College of Science, chief of the State Natural History Survey, professor of Zoology and Entomology. A state park in Marion County is named after him to recognize his many contributions to Illinois.

Garner: James W. Garner (1871-1938). Authority on international law; head of the Department of Political Science.

Hopkins: Cyril G. Hopkins (1866-1919). Pioneer in scientific agriculture and head of the Department of Agronomy.

Leonard (LAR): Maria Leonard (1880-1976). Dean of Women from 1923 to 1945. Early advocate of higher education for women.

Lundgren: Carl Leonard Lundgren (1880-1934). Baseball coach at Illinois and played for the Chicago Cubs.

Nugent: Timothy J. Nugent. Founded the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1948, and is also recognized as a pioneer in campus accessibility.

Oglesby (FAR): Richard J. Oglesby (1824-1899). Farmer, Major General of the Eighth Illinois Regiment, three times governor of Illinois, signed the original charter founding the Illinois Industrial University (University of Illinois).

Saunders (PAR): Alta Gwinn Saunders (1886-1948). Chair of the Division of Business English and director of the Alumni Association.

Scott: William Franklin Scott (1877-1950). Professor of English, began the journalism curriculum at the University.

Shelden (LAR): Miriam A. Shelden (1912-1975). Dean of women and dean of student personnel, influential in developing equal opportunity programs for women, minorities, and the disadvantaged.

Sherman: Stuart Pratt Sherman (1881-1926). Distinguished teacher in the Department of English, editor of Books and the New York Herald Tribune's literary magazine.

Snyder: Edward Snyder (1835-1903). Professor of German and literature, Commandant of the Military Department, professor of modern languages, dean of the College of Literature.

Taft: Lorado Taft (1860-1936). Sculptor, writer, and inspired teacher. Sculptor of the Alma Mater statue and the statues at the Library and Foellinger Auditorium.

Townsend (ISR): Edgar Jerome Townsend (1865-1955). The University's first mathematician, head of the Department of Mathematics, acting president of the University.

Trelease (FAR): Leah F. Trelease (1894-1957). Teacher in the Department of English, dean of women.

Van Doren: Carl Van Doren (1885-1950). Author, historian, critic, and teacher; awarded Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Benjamin Franklin.

Wardall (ISR): Ruth A. Wardall (1877-1936). Nationally known head of the Department of Home Economics.

Weston: Nathan A. Weston (1868-1923). First dean of the College of Commerce and Business Administration, supporter of the University Library.