Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Carmichael, Leonard, 1898-1973
|Leonard Carmichael (1898-1973), born on November 9, 1898, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, served as president of Tufts from 1938 to 1952.|
Carmichael received his B.S. from Tufts in 1920 and his Ph. D. from Harvard in 1924.He became a member of the faculty at Brown University in 1926.In 1938, having established himself as a prominent psychologist, he became president of Tufts. During his term as president, the college expanded physically, financially, and in enrollment. Another major contribution made by President Carmichael was that of time, research, scholarship, and resources made by the college as part of the World War II effort. In 1952, after serving as president of Tufts for 14 years, Leonard Carmichael became secretary for the Smithsonian Institution. In 1964 he left the Smithsonian to become vice-president for research and exploration for National Geographic. Leonard Carmichael died in 1973.
In 1954, Carmichael Hall, a new dormitory for men was constructed and named in his honor. The Leonard Carmichael Society, founded in 1958, is a student-run organization that devotes its time to getting students involved in community service activities. The society states as part of its mission, "exposure to... experiential learning as an integral part of an individual's education," a goal in accordance with Dr, Carmichael's wishes for the Tufts student body.
Source: History note from the finding aid for the Leonard Carmichael collection, UA001.001