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100 years ago: KU falls silent in memory of benefactor

November 17, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 17, 1911:

"At ten o'clock this morning, no whistle sounded at the University to summon students to chapel, there was no scurrying to the assembly room by students in groups or alone. Just at that hour when every morning the halls resound with student life, the last sad rites were being said down at the Unitarian church over the body of Mrs. Sara T. D. Robinson, wife of Dr. Charles Robinson, first governor of Kansas. No classes were held this morning at the University. All the offices were locked and where yesterday the halls were filled with students talking, visiting, hurrying to their classes, there were long empty silences. The University was in official mourning for this frail little woman, for Mrs. Sara Robinson.... whose husband had given the land for the state to use as the location for its university. The students know that Robinson gymnasium, which they pass daily on the campus, is named for the husband of this woman, and that their Alma Mater will receive riches as the result of her death."

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