Ox­ford Col­lege names 3 halls

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Ox­ford Col­lege is nam­ing three res­i­dence halls that make up its East Vil­lage res­i­den­tial com­plex, lo­cated on a site at the in­ter­sec­tions of Emory Street with Hamill Street and Moore Street, in honor of three ad­min­is­tra­tors who served Ox­ford over the past five decades.

Two ex­ist­ing struc­tures, which were com­pleted in 2008, are now named El­izer Hall and Murdy Hall. A third res­i­dence hall soon to be built will be named Flem­ing Hall.

The names honor Bond Flem­ing, who served as Ox­ford Col­lege dean from 1966-1976; Mar­shall El­izer, who served from 19461978 in roles in­clud­ing lec­turer in math­e­mat­ics, di­rec­tor of stu­dent ac­tiv­i­ties, and busi­ness man­ager; and Wil­liam Murdy, who served as dean from 1987-1999 and pro­fes­sor of bi­ol­ogy at Emory Col­lege from 1959-1987.

Murdy also served as Ox­ford mayor from 20052007, and prior to that, served on the City Coun­cil of Ox­ford.

“Th­ese three in­di­vid­u­als ex­em­plify the best qual­i­ties of those who have shaped Ox­ford Col­lege,” said Dean Stephen Bowen. “They were lead­ers in a trans­for­ma­tive pe­riod in which Ox­ford Col­lege be­came what we know it as to­day.

“Women and mi­nor­ity stu­dents were wel­comed and thrived, the ed­u­ca­tional model changed from a two-year stand­alone pro­gram to a fouryear Ox­ford Col­lege/Emory Col­lege pro­gram, and a Ph.D.-qual­i­fied fac­ulty im­ple­mented higher ed­u­ca­tional stan­dards.”

Flem­ing, El­izer and Murdy re­mained as res­i­dents of Ox­ford fol­low­ing their re­tire­ment. Murdy lives near Ox­ford Col­lege and par­tic­i­pates fre­quently in its cul­tural and aca­demic life.

The ar­chi­tec­tural firm for the pro­ject is Cooper Carry, and the con­struc­tion firm is Bras­field & Gor­rie, both of At­lanta. A cer­e­mo­nial ground­break­ing was held for Flem­ing Hall, lo­cated across Hamill Street from El­izer Hall, in late April.

Con­struc­tion is set to be­gin by early Au­gust on the 206-bed fa­cil­ity, with com­ple­tion ex­pected in time for the fall se­mes­ter in 2014.

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