Interviewed by Charles Longsworth
November 20, 2001


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Calvin Hastings Plimpton, class of 1939, was a physician who specialized in metabolic diseases. He served as the thirteenth president of Amherst in the tumultuous decade from 1960 to 1971. During Plimpton's tenure, the college increased enrollment and introduced a new curriculum. Plimpton also helped secure the initial funding to create Hampshire College. Plimpton saw three major buildings open on campus: Arms Music Center, Merrill Science Center, and Robert Frost Library.

Charles Longsworth, class of 1951, is chairman emeritus of the Amherst College Board of Trustees. He served as president of Hampshire College (1971-1977) and coauthored with former Hampshire president, Franklin Patterson, The Making of a College: Plans for a New Departure in Higher Education.

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