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Dr. Harry W. Rockwell 13^-1961

In a review of the history of State University College at Buffalo it is obvious that one man stands out above all others in his foresight and. deep personal interest which contributed largely to the growth and development of the institution. Dr. Harry Westcott Rock'.'. ’cll, a familiar and cheerful gentleman of authority to the stu ­ dents and faculty who knew him, guided the college in its development from a small normal school to one of the largest teachers college in the country. When Dr. Rockwell came to the old Buffalo Normal School as principal in 1919, it was centered in one building, had 250 stu ­ dents, and U5 faculty members. When he retired in 1951 > the college had the largest enrollment of any of the units of the State Univer ­ sity system. It also had more special departments than any other - home economics, training of teachers of the handicapped, industrial arts, and art education. Due to his persevering efforts, Buffalo State was the first of the state institutions to have a dormitory. The college also erected the first separate library building, dedicated to Edward H. Butler, founder of the Buffalo Evening News, and staunch supporter of the school. Dr. Rockwell worked closely with E.H. Butler, Jr. , who con ­ tinued his father's interest of the college. Again, due to his untiring efforts, the college was the first New York State operated teachers college to offer a bachelor of science degree in elementary education, and in 19^5> the masters program was made available. Dr. Rockwell was born in 1882 at Rockwell's Mills, Chenango

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