Benjamin Rush Rhees
Benjamin Rush Rhees
|3rd President of the University of Rochester|
|Preceded by||David Jayne Hill|
|Succeeded by||Alan C. Valentine|
|Born||February 8, 1860|
|Died||January 4, 1939 (aged 78)|
Rochester, New York
|Resting place||Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, New York|
|Spouse(s)||Harriet Chapin Seelye Rhees|
|Children||Morgan John Rhees|
Henrietta Seelye Rhees Stewart
Rush Rhees, Jr
|Parents||John E. Rhees|
Annie H. McCutchen
|Alma mater||Amherst College, Hartford Theological Seminary|
Rhees, great-grandson of radical Baptist minister Morgan John Rhys, earned his undergraduate degrees from Amherst College where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. He graduated from the Hartford Theological Seminary and was ordained a Baptist minister.
President of the University of Rochester
He served in the position from 1900 to 1935. When he arrived at the University, it had been without a president for four years.
Under his tenure, George Eastman became a donor to the University, contributing in the largest capacity the University had seen. The Eastman School of Music was begun during Rhees' tenure, as was the University's medical center and the College for Women (1902). Also during his tenure the Institute of Optics, the first such entity in the New World, was founded in 1929. Additionally, Rhees' administration was responsible for moving the campus from Prince Street to its current home on the River Campus (formerly Oak Hill golf course), with a groundbreaking in 1927.
Rush Rhees Library, the main academic library of the University of Rochester, established in 1930 was named after him, as during his tenure, the school went from a small college to a research university.
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- Past Presidents Alpha Delta Phi fraternity
- "University of Rochester: Office of the President". Archived from the original on 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2007-06-03.
- "Rush Rhees Library: History". River Campus Libraries. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
- "Rhees, Rush (1905–1989), philosopher | Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". www.oxforddnb.com. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-65652. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
- Media related to Benjamin Rush Rhees at Wikimedia Commons
- Works by or about Benjamin Rush Rhees at Internet Archive
- Works by Rush Rhees at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Benjamin Rush Rhees in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Benjamin Rush Rhees at Find a Grave
David Jayne Hill
| President of the University of Rochester
1900 – 1935