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Annual founders’ memorial program at grave of Chauncey Rose

Description: Annual founders’ memorial program at grave of Chauncey Rose, Highland Lawn Cemetery, 1912.
This photo appeared in the 1915 Modulus. Below is the text that accompanied it.THE THIRD WEDNESDAY IN MAYROSE is essentially a school of deeds rather than words. Consequently there is very little time lost here in sentimental expressions of gratitude toward the founder of the Institute. Rather should we express that feeling by wasting none of the numerous advantages here afforded for fitting ourselves to bear ably our share of the work of humanity. Nevertheless it is fitting that the students of such an institute should occasionally honor the memory of its founder and those of his associates and successors who have helped place it where it is today. To this end, the third Wednesday in May has been designated as Founders Day, and since 1911 all exercises of the Institute have been suspended on that day, in order that the students and faculty may take part in a celebration in honor of Chauncey Rose.The exercises of the day are held at Highland Lawn cemetery and are also participated in by the other Rose Institutions of the city. Addresses are made by prominent citizens and a short history of the life of Mr. Rose is read. Due honor is also paid the memory of Miss Heminway, Miss Francis, Josephus Collett, Dr. Thomas Gray and others prominent in the affairs of the Institute. The exercises are exceedingly impressive, and serve admirably their purpose of keeping alive in the minds of the present generation the memory of that kind and generous philanthropist who gave so freely and so wisely all that he had gained by a lifetime of hard work and foresighted planning.""In his old age the wealth of his affections was turned to the founding of this school of technology, which was given his name against his wish and over his protest. Of this fathering has been born each year a generous progeny of stalwart young men each of whom calls the Rose Polytechnic his Alma Mater, and so calling it ""designates as the father of his training the man who, though dead, yet lives in immortal youth, the man whom we all delight to honor, Chauncey Rose.""
Origin: 2006-03-17
Collection: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Logan Library
Copyright: Copyright Undetermined
Subjects: Rose Polytechnic Institute
Rose, Chauncey, 1794-1877
Social life

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