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Commemorative Spaces in Robert Frost Library

The Library was, in large part, funded anonymously in 1965, with the proviso that it be named for the poet Robert Frost, who taught at Amherst College, off and on, for more than forty years.

In 1997, with the donors' consent, their identity was made public and a plaque was placed in the main lobby, to the right of the main entrance. It reads:

Robert Frost Library
Dedicated October 24, 1965
A Gift of a Charitable Trust of
the Haas Family of Philadelphia
F. Otto Haas, 1936
John C. Haas, 1940

Within the Library, many individual rooms and areas were funded by other donors, often named in memory or honor of a favorite teacher, classmate, or relative. The spaces thus donated and named are listed below, arranged by floor.

Each named space is marked with a plaque or sign naming the donor or honoree. The list below does not always quote the plaque exactly. When a motto or other phrase appropriate to the person honored appears on the plaque, it is included in the list.

Level 1 (Main Floor)

New book alcove: (east side) In memoriam John Andrew Moore, 1918-1972.
New book alcove: (west side) Gift of J. Henry Neale, Class of 1924
Reserve Desk Given in memory of Harrison F. Lyman, Class of 1898, and the Reverend Payson W. Lyman, Class of 1867
Library Administration Office Given in memory of Frederick W. Hoeing, Class of 1929, by Augusta L. Hoeing, Elizabeth M. Guest, and J. Alfred Guest, Class of 1933
Research and  Instruction Office Gift of E. Kimball Morsman, Class of 1924
Copier Alcove Given in memory of Nishtha J. Adhvaryu, Class of 1996 (1974-1995).
"Forever an inspiration"
The Alfred Friendly '33 Periodicals Reading Room Gift of Alfred Friendly, Class of 1933

Level 2

Newspaper area Given in loving memory of Frederick B. Hollister, Jr., Class of 1950 (July 17, 1928-January 3, 1959)
Lounge Given in memory of Howard A. Halligan, Class of 1896, by Mr. & Mrs. Howard K. Halligan, Class of 1930
Study alcove 221 Given in memory of John D. Recklitis by Christopher P. Recklitis, Class of 1953
Study alcove 222 Given in memory of Asa G. Baker, Class of 1888, by Walton C. Baker, Class of 1916, and Ingham C. Baker, Class of 1919
Study alcove 226 Given in honor of Miriam R. Fillman, by her husband, Henry I. Fillman, Class of 1917
Study alcove 229 Given in memory of Benjamin F. Harris, by Mrs. Benjamin F. Harris and John D. Harris, Class of 1934
Conference room 227 Given in memory of Mr. & Mrs. M. H. Leeb, by Stuart Leeb, Class of 1950
Faculty study 201 In honor of Martha McCraig Chapman, Converse College Class of 1942, a staunch believer in the liberal arts
Faculty study 202 Gift of Robert K. Moses, Class of 1935
Faculty study 203 Gift of Jarrel G. Burrow, D.M.D., Class of 1946
Faculty study 204 Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Bertram M. Bloch, Class of 1933
Faculty study 205 Given in memory of Victor S. Noerdlinger, by Mrs. Victor S. Noerdlinger, Mr. & Mrs. Victor S. Noerdlinger, Jr., Class of 1952, Ann Noerdlinger, and Louis Hernstein
Faculty study 206 Given in memory of Harry W. Evans, Class of 1953
Faculty study 207 Given to prepare Amherst men for medicine, by W. W. G. Maclachlan, Jr., M.D., Class of 1945
Faculty study 208 Gift of Walter Furbush McNiff, Class of 1943
Faculty study 210 Gift of George A. Stuart, Class of 1942
Faculty study 212 Given in memory of George Frisbie Whicher, Class of 1910, by a member of the Class of 1931
Faculty study 213 Given in memory of David Skolnick, 1889-1956, by S. Harold Skolnick, Class of 1936
Faculty study 214 Given in memory of Charles Amos Andrews, Class of 1895, Treasurer of the College 1931-1940, by his family
Faculty study 215 Given in memory of John H. Armstrong, Class of 1954
Faculty study 216 Given in honor of his parents, by W. Thomas Lundell, Class of 1950
Faculty study 217 Gift of H. Prentice Browning, Class of 1933
Faculty study 218 Given in memory of Walter B. Mahony, Class of 1898, by Walter B. Mahony, Jr., Class of 1936
Faculty study 219 Given in memory of John Francis White, Class of 1902, by John W. White, Class of 1934, and John F. White, Class of 1967
Faculty study 220 Given in memory of his parents, Edward A. and Isabel C. Zimmerman, by Austin M. Zimmerman, Class of 1931

Level 3

Group study 3A1 Gift of Mr. & Mrs. J. Franklin Fort, Class of 1933
Group study 3A2 Gift of the Edwin F. Schild Charitable Foundation
Group study 322 Given in memory of Mr. & Mrs. Benton R. Lyster, by Philip B. Lyster, Class of 1933
Group study 325 Given in memory of Glenn D. Kesselhaut, Class of 1978. Dedicated in loving memory by his family and friends, May 31, 2003
Faculty study 307 Given in memory of his parents, by Rufus J. Wysor, Jr., Class of 1942
Faculty study 308 Given in honor of Mr. & Mrs. George B. Beitzel, by George B. Beitzel, Class of 1950
Faculty study 315 Given in memory of Alan W. Richenaker, Class of 1950, by his friends and classmates
Faculty study 328 Gift of David Winslow, Class of 1938
Faculty study 329 Gift of Robert H. Flint, Class of 1934
World War II Study Room Gift of the Class of 1946 on the occasion of its 65th Reunion, May 28, 2011

Level A

The Barbara and Frederick S. Lane '36 Room Gift of Barbara and Frederick S. Lane, Class of 1936
Barker Room Gift of Ruth and A. James Barker, Class of 1948
Staff Lounge Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Davis, Class of 1919
Faculty study A16 Given in memory of Edward E. Poor, Jr., Class of 1910, by Camilla S. Poor, Edward E. Poor III, Class of 1937, Richard W. Poor, Class of 1938, Henry B. Poor, Class of 1939, and Camilla P. Carlisle
Faculty study A22 Given in honor of Atherton Sprague, Class of 1920, friend and teacher, by A. Bruce Bielaski, Jr., Class of 1931
Faculty study A25 Gift of Donald D. MacAlpine, Class of 1926.
"Read ... to weigh and consider." - Francis Bacon
The John William Ward Exhibition Room Gift of Judith and George W. Carmany III, Class of 1962
The Kenneth P. Higgins '27 College History Room In honor of Kenneth P. Higgins, Class of 1927, by Thomas M. Lee, Class of 1951
The Albert E. Barnett, M.D., '52 Reading Room Gift of Albert E. Barnett, Class of 1952

Level B

Map Room Given in memory of Reginald Finch Towner, Class of 1928, by Ruth Dear Towner