Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History

Sauer, Anne

Branco, Jessica

Bennett, John

Crowley, Zachary


Elizabeth Van Huysen Mayer Campus Center, 1983


The Elizabeth Van Huysen Mayer Campus Center, located on the Medford campus, was built from 1983 to 1985 to serve as a central gathering point for students, and also to act as a link between the uphill and downhill sections of campus.

On May 9, 1983, groundbreaking took place for the construction of the Mayer Campus Center. It had been perhaps the longest-awaited construction project in the history of Tufts University. The first call for the construction of a campus center had come in 1913, when then Dean of Liberal Arts Frank G. Wren stated that Tufts needed a gathering point for students and student activities. Calls for the center continued until, by 1976, even the faculty was agitating for its construction. By this time, a joint committee of students and administrators had been formed to look into the financial feasibility of constructing a new campus center. Moved forward in part by an anonymous grant of $1.25 million in 1980, the plans for the Mayer Campus Center were finalized in 1982.

Built on the former site of the Brown-Durkee House and Graves House, and designed by architects Patrick J. Walsh and Sons, the Mayer Campus Center held its grand opening on February 1, 1985. It houses two small restaurants, the Student Activities office, ATM machines, a coffee bar, meeting rooms, a lounge, and a central information booth.

The Mayer Campus Center continues in 2000 to serve as useful resource and busy gathering place for members of the Tufts community.

Source: OBS, TJ, BG#004

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Dame, Lorin Low, 1838-1903
Dana, Charles A., 1881-1975
Dana Laboratory, 1963
Daniel Ounjian Prize in Economics,
Davies, Caroline Stodder, 1864-1939
Davies House, 1894
De Florez Prize in Human Engineering, 1964
de Pacheco, Kaye MacKinnon, ca. 1910-ca. 1985
Dean Hall, 1887-1963
Dean, Oliver, 1783-1871
Dearborn, Heman Allen, 1831-1897
Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, 1893
Department of Anesthesia, 1970
Department of Art and Art History, 1930
Department of Biochemistry, 1893
Department of Chemistry, 1882
Department of Community Health, 1930
Department of Dermatology, 1897
The Department of Economics, 1946
Department of Medicine, 1893
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Department of Neurology, 1893
Department of Neuroscience, 1983
Department of Neurosurgery, 1951
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1893
Department of Ophthamology, 1893
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, 1906
Department of Otolaryngology, 1895
Department of Pathology, 1893
Department of Pediatrics, 1930
Department of Pharmacology, 1915
Department of Physics and Astronomy, 1854
Department of Physiology, 1893
Department of Psychiatry, 1928
Department of Radiation Oncology, 1968
Department of Radiology, 1915
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 1955
Department of Surgery, 1893
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, 1973
Department of Urology, 1910
Dental Health Sciences Building, 1969
Dewick, Cora Alma (Polk), 1875-1977
Dewick/MacPhie Dining Hall, 1959
Dickson Professorship of English and American History, 1913
Dirlam, Arland A., 1905-1979
Dog Cart, 1900
Dolbear, Amos Emerson, 1837-1910
Donald A. Cowdery Memorial Scholarship, 1946
Dr. Benjamin Andrews Professorship of Surgery, 1987
Dr. Philip E. A. Sheridan Prize, 1977
The Drug Bust, 1970
Dudley, Henry Watson, 1831-1906
Dugger, Edward Jr., 1919-75
Durkee, Frank W., 1861-1939
Durkee, Henrietta Noble Brown, 1871-1946
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