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1940s

1940

New library building occupied; named for Fred Lewis Pattee in 1950.

Land-grant mural in Old Main started by Henry Varnum Poor; class of 1932 gift; completed in 1949 with later gifts.

Ellen H. Richards Institute established for textile research with Dr. Pauline Beery Mack as director.

Student newspaper became The Daily Collegian.

1941

Bureau of Business Research established; Dr. Carl W. Hasek, first director.

1942

Accelerated trimester calendar adopted for World War II emergency; discontinued in 1946.

Nittany Lion shrine dedicated as gift of class of 1940; sculpture by Heinze Warneke accepted by University as first tangible representation of mountain lion symbol.

ESMWT (Engineering, Science, Management War Training) program of extension services begun; among largest in United States.

1945

Ordnance Research Laboratory transferred to campus by U.S. Navy Department from Harvard; Dr. Eric A. Walker, first director. Renamed Applied Research Lab, 1973.

1946

Freshmen "farmed out" to 22 Pennsylvania cooperating colleges to admit veterans on campus under G. I. Education Act.

1947

Allentown and Wilkes-Barre undergraduate centers started.

Labor education program in Extension Services begun; Professor Anthony Luchek, first director.

James Milholland, president of Board of Trustees, named acting president; served until 1950.

1948

McKeesport and Erie (Behrend) undergraduate centers opened.

Ionosphere Research Laboratory established in Electrical Engineering Department.

1949

Water Tunnel building completed as Ordnance Research Laboratory facility. Named for Garfield Thomas, Jr., '38.

York undergraduate center established.