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in athletics resumed after the war with renewed emphasis on intercollegiate
competition. In 1921 alumni, who were primarily responsible for
the oversight of the program through the DePauw Athletic Board,
formed a new advisory council of 100 men which met annually in Indianapolis
and helped to recruit promising athletes. President Grose was moved
to remind the university constituency that it "must not yield
to the prevalent wild craze over athletics." The next year
DePauw joined with other colleges and universities in the state,
large and small, in forming the Indiana Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference, which adopted the rules and regulations of the Big
still scheduled football, baseball, and basketball games with such
rising athletic powers as Notre Dame, Purdue, and Indiana University
for a few years. The need for better outdoor athletic facilities
was met by the gift of $25,000 by Ira B. and Mary H. Blackstock
in 1921 for that purpose. Two years later Blackstock Field was dedicated
in a football game with Franklin College on Old Gold Day, 1923.
Comprising a sodded gridiron and baseball diamond as well as a quarter-mile
track, it superceded the smaller McKeen Field, which was diverted
chiefly to intramural athletics.
The outstanding accomplishment of the immediate postwar years was
the creation of the Rector Scholarship Foundation, first proposed
in June 1919 by Edward Rector, the Chicago
lawyer and philanthropist who had already financed the construction
of a women's dormitory named for his father. His aim in setting
up the foundation was to attract to DePauw many of the best and
brightest graduates of Indiana high schools by awarding scholarship
grants covering all college fees to 100 young men of high academic
standing and character each year. Women were originally excluded
from the program on the grounds that their rising numbers at the
university were overtaxing housing and other facilities. Later this
ban was lifted and eligibility also extended to graduates of any
commissioned high school in the country, not only those in Indiana.
Rector named Professor Henry B. Longden the first secretary of the
foundation, which eventually reached a total funding of nearly $2.5
million, a considerable addition to the university's resources.
Moreover this farsighted program contributed immensely to the intellectual
life of the university by helping to subsidize the DePauw education
of thousands of highly qualified students, many of whom would be
otherwise unable to attend college.
Grose spent the 1921-22 academic year in China on a special leave
granted him for the purpose of gathering materials for a biography
of James Bashford, the well-known Methodist bishop in that country.
He published his findings in book form in 1922. Upon Grose's return
to campus he devoted most of his remaining tenure as president to
the successful prosecution of a million-dollar endowment campaign.
Finally, in 1924 he was himself elected a bishop of the Methodist
Episcopal Church and left Greencastle to take up his new post in
China. He later returned to the United States to become the editor
of a religious periodical in California. A final contribution to
DePauw University was a short biographical sketch of Edward
Rector published in 1928. Grose died in 1953.
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps lined up on the present site
Asbury Hall in 1921. In the background is the Carnegie Library
and in the right rear, the Roberts Grave.
replace Grose the trustees sought an experienced college administrator,
preferably a DePauw alumnus, who could attend to the internal affairs
of the university at a time when enrollments were burgeoning and
student unrest was rising. They turned to Lemuel H. Murlin, who
had earned both a B.A. and S.T.B. from DePauw and had served as
president of Baker and Boston Universities. At 63, Murlin was far
older than any other president of the university at the time of
election to that office and admittedly in poor health.
accepted the post on the condition that he not be called upon to
undertake a financial campaign and undoubtedly looked upon it as
less taxing than the presidency of Boston University, which he had
just led through a period of major growth. His wife, the former
Ermina Falass, was also familiar with DePauw, having earned one
of the first Ph.D.s awarded by the institution and taught in the
preparatory department. The Murlins did not arrive on campus until
February 1925, when they moved into rented accommodations until
the new presidential home-a large Georgian Revival structure on
Wood Street purchased by the university-was ready for occupancy.
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