Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Cousens, John Albert, 1874-1937
John Albert Cousens (1874-1937), A1898, was acting president of Tufts in 1919 and served as president of the college from 1920 to 1937.
He was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on November 17, 1874.He received his B.A. from Tufts College in 1898.He became the Vice-President of the Metropolitan Coal Company of Boston and a Trustee of the college. Cousens also served as a member of the Finance and Executive Committees. He became acting president of Tufts in 1919.In 1920, Cousens became president of the college. He received an LL.D. from Lombard College and St. Lawrence University. He is credited with having brought the college through the Depression years unharmed, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the New England Medical Center. He died while still in office in 1937.
on the Medford Campus was named in his memory.
Source: History from the finding aid for the John Albert Cousens collection UA001.008