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THE TOUR BUS continues its passage through campus, Shaw, the
tour guide, explains, "The pavilion we're passing on your right
is named Bunche Hall, for Ralph Bunche."
Pierce Folz-Evans '27
was a good basketball player," Grancell interjects.
was a great basketball player," Shaw says. "And then he
was undersecretary general of the United Nations and won the Nobel
was in my class," adds Zada Pierce Folz-Evans '27.
he really? Wow," Shaw says, pausing for a moment to absorb
day is loaded with similar name-dropping names that in the
minds of many generations of Bruins are more closely linked to buildings
on campus than to the actual people behind them. Even a tour guide,
who knows more about the campus' history than the average Bruin,
can be surprised.
used to saying the names of buildings over and over again, but the
Pioneers give me a picture of the faces that go with the names,"
Shaw says. "They're not just random things; they have a lot
of meaning and personal history attached to them. When I mention
Kinsey Hall, and one of them says, 'He was my physics professor'
that is amazing!"
some Bruins, Rieber Hall harkens memories of dormitory life. But
for the Pioneers, the name brings back the memory of Charles Henry
Rieber, professor of philosophy and first dean of the College of
Letters and Science (1921-'36).