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The First C.E.’s – Amos Westcott

This is the first installment in a series of profiles on the first civil engineering graduates at RPI.  The very first civil engineering degree was awarded by the Rensselaer Institute in 1835.  Among the first degree recipients, was a guy … Continue reading

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Mystery Image #21

If the blackboard and keyboard are any indication, this guy had something to do with music.  Do you know who he is? Mystery Image #14 and #20 are still unidentified.  Take a look!

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Compulsory Physical Education

In the previous post, I noted that the opening of the ’87 Gymnasium marked a new focus on physical education at Rensselaer.  The effort to acquire appropriate fitness facilities had been largely student driven up to this point.  Students chronically … Continue reading

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“Pagie”

The 87 Gymnasium opened its doors in 1912 and thus began an new era in athletics and physical education at Rensselaer (I’ll write more about this in a future blog post).  The new gym required a new custodian to take … Continue reading

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“The First Lady of RPI”

Once upon a time, in the land of geeks and nerds known as RPI, there was a very important position occupied by a well-known and revered woman.  Her name was Mrs. Warren a.k.a. Mrs. Walter Phelps Warren or Helen Liddle … Continue reading

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