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This Week in KU History

  • Under pressure from civil rights leaders and Kansas Governor Walter Huxman, the Kansas Board of Regents votes to prohibit the de facto practices that had prevented African American students from completing their medical education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

  • The Board of Regents unanimously agrees to name the new science library the "Marian and Fred Anschutz Library." Son Philip Anschutz, a benefactor of the University who had donated $6.5 million for library acquisitions, had requested his parents be honored instead of he and his wife Nancy.
  • The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the men of the First and Second Kansas regiments, fighting on the Mexican border at Eagle Pass against Pancho Villa, are among the organizers of a new military baseball league. Selected as chairman of the baseball committee was Chaplain James Naismith, 1st Infantry, Kansas.

  • In an opinion piece in the Lawrence Journal-World, KU librarian Donald Redmond laments the advent of the computer and implies that it may spell doom for libraries if a person can sit at a teletype in Lawrence and query a computer in Berkeley, Washington or Cleveland for the answer to an information problem.

  • With no other candidates willing to take the job, Dr. Harry R. Wahl, professor and department chairman of pathology, is named acting dean of the KU School of Medicine, inaugurating a 24-year period that will become known as “The Wahl Years.”


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