Frank Palmer Speare
|Frank Palmer Speare|
|Speare pictured in The Cauldron 1921, Northeastern yearbook|
|1st President of Northeastern University|
|Succeeded by||Carl Stephens Ell|
|Died||May 28, 1954 (aged 84–85)|
|Spouse(s)||May Cushing Whiting|
|Alma mater||Bridgewater State Teachers College, 1889|
Frank Palmer Speare (1869 – May 28, 1954) was the first president of Northeastern University, serving from 1898-1940. He began the evening program at the Boston YMCA that later became Northeastern. As founding president, he oversaw the launching of the university's evening law school, the now-defunct automobile school, the evening polytechnic schools, the school of commerce and finance, and the co-operative engineering school.
A man of diverse talents and interests, he was, in addition to being an educator, a sailor, farmer, and music enthusiast. He composed songs ("Silver Bay, a Song of Vacation Days") and other music (the "Northeastern March"), plays (Mystic Waters, or The Spirit of Winnipesaukee), and musicals.
- Ohles, Frederik (1997), Biographical Dictionary of Modern American Educators, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, p. 300.
- Frank Palmer Speare: Educational Visionary. Parr, Jessica. the online edition of a Northeastern University Libraries exhibition. Boston: Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections, 2004. Contains numerous photographs plus biographical information.
- The Frank Palmer Speare papers, 1896-1951 are located in the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections Department, Boston, MA.
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Carl Stephens Ell
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