In honor of Reunion, we thought we’d show you a side of Connecticut College presidents you’ve never seen before!
Frederick Sykes: Opening the College in 1915 was no small feat, and Sykes was responsible for many details, from coordinating architects and builders to recruiting faculty to designing the College seal – and even helping build the first road in 1913.
Katharine Blunt: Blunt – Connecticut College’s “Great Builder” – opened 14 buildings during her tenure, and proudly displayed the ceremonial groundbreaking shovels around her office.
Rosemary Park: William Ashby McCloy painted this abstract portrait of Rosemary Park in 1959, as well as a more traditional portrait the same year. Park reportedly loved the abstract version, which now hangs in the Ernst Common Room, Blaustein.
Benjamin Marshall: Marshall was remembered fondly for his love of athletics and outdoor activities. He organized student hikes and picnics, and even helped build a one-room hut at Miller’s Pond for student use. Here, Marshall pours coffee during a student outing.
Leo Higdon: On October 29, 2013, students paid tribute to Leo Higdon on “Big Hig Day,” complete with musical performances, speeches, and “Big Hig” cookies.