These Were Builders

■me to lay the cornerstone of the building, and I feel great pride because the library is to carry on the name of my revered father who, as president of the Local Board of the old Normal School, gave generously of his time and devotion through many years." Dr. Rockwell told the audience that the ceremonies were the most important in the history of the college since 1931, when five buildings were dedicated in one day. "The laying of the cornerstone of the new Edward H. Butler Library marks the dawning of a new epoch in our cultural and intellectual life, " he asserted. "It is gratifying indeed that this new library provides the additional opportunity for the perpetuation of a name which has meant more to the development of our college than any other. "Mr. Edward H. Butler Sr and Mr. Edward H. Butler, the present president of the Local Council, have together served as president for more than half a century. "In no instance in the annals of our state history has one family made such a conspicuous contribution extending over so long a period in favor of any educational institution in the state of New York." On the same dpy that Dr. Harvey M. Rice was inaugurated as president of the State College, May 16, 1952, the library was formally dedicated to the memory of Edward H. Butler. The dedication at noon in the cross-shaped library was attended by more than seven hundred faculty members and students as well as special guests.

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