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In Vanderbilt History

On Oct. 30, 1980, ground was ceremonially broken on the building that houses the Owen Graduate School of Management. Classes would no longer meet in Alexander Hall, which was formerly the Cosmopolitan Funeral Home. Speaking at the ceremony, then-Dean Samuel B. Richmond said, "This beginning represents, in a sense, the end of the dream and the beginning of the realization." To set the day apart in an even greater way, Thomas B. Walker Jr.. and his wife Anne Marie announced they would provide a $1.5 million gift for library collections to fulfill the library development plan.

Source: History of the Owen School, by Madison Smartt Bell
-- Meghan Codd


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