Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Munro, Melville S., 1881-1945
Melville S. Munro (1881-1945), a faculty member for more than three decades, made his most notable contributions to Tufts through his camera's lens. Munro was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, on July 7, 1881. He graduated from Tufts College with aB.S. in electrical engineering in 1904.Following graduation, Munro was appointed as an assistant to the electrical engineering department. He became an instructor in the department in 1905 and was made a professor in 1913. During his thirty-seven years on the faculty, Munro worked as the college's official photographer, recording an almost complete pictorial history of campus and student life up until 1941.The Munro Collection, made up of almost 30,000 of his photographs, mounted in more than 100 volumes, is part of the university's special collections held in the University Archives.
Munro retired in 1941 and died at his summer home in Maine on June 1, 1945.His wife, Ruth Harmon, W1903, predeceased him in 1941.Both of their children, Lawrence, E1930, and Ella, J1935, attended Tufts.
Source: VF, PRS1