Hoya Staff Writer
the 1960s vast advances were made in the area of expansion. Namely,
the buildings we now recognize as Reiss, Harbin, Darnall and Lauinger
were all constructed.
direction of former University President Edward B. Bunn, S.J., many
of these buildings, in addition to Walsh, New South and Kober were
built. In a citation conferred on Bunn during his last days as Georgetown's
43rd president, he was commended for leading faculty, students and
alumni "in an increasing quest for spiritual and educational
achievement." The Intercultural Center, built after his presidency,
now bears his name.
major expansion project of the 1960s was the science center named
for Raymond Reiss, an alumnus of the College. At a groundbreaking
ceremony in October of 1960, comedian Bob Hope, whose son Tony was
a junior in the College, turned the first shovel of dirt.
years later Chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission Dr. Glen
Seaborg delivered the keynote address at the building's dedication
and blessing. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including
a greenhouse, animal house and many laboratories, the building was
intended to bring about the possibility of a "wider scope of
training as compared to the rigid Soviet system" and an awareness
of the importance of science in the future.
The next major
construction project of the decade was a restaurant "to fulfill
the longstanding need for a traditional gathering place of leisure
and excellent food" for the students, faculty and alumni of
Georgetown. Funded by the university's purchase of two buildings
on 36th and Prospect Streets, the 1789 Restaurant opened in 1962.
popular with students was the underground restaurant The Tombs,
a less expensive place for students to enjoy food and drink. On
Sept. 22, 1962, a table was dedicated to Georgetown's oldest singing
group, the Chimes. Over 50 Chimes alumni attended the songfest in
the basement of the 1789, in what has now become a Georgetown tradition.
Georgetown's next major construction project began in the fall of
1962 as a response to a housing shortage that plagued the campus
during the previous year. During the 1961-62 school year, 400 out
of 1,200 students were forced to live off-campus. Though a roving
prefect regulated off-campus housing and curfews were still enforced,
administrators quickly planned the construction of two new dormitories,
one male and one female.
which cost an estimated $5.6 million and was completed in time for
the 1964-65 school year, involved the construction of two dormitories
that still stand today, Harbin Hall and Darnall Hall.
Dr. George F. Harbin, a 1902 alumnus and math professor at Georgetown,
Harbin Hall was designed to "break down the institutional,
factory-like atmosphere" that characterized other dorms. With
walls painted in "attractive pastel colors," Harbin was
noted for its unique cluster format and spacious closets.
which opened the same year, was named for the mother of founder
John Carroll and housed only women.
The next major
building project of the decade was by far the biggest. Plans for
a $6 million library were set during the fall of 1966. Designed
to "blend with the spirit of Healy and Copley" and with
White Gravenor across the lawn, the building was constructed out
of concrete and crushed stone.
efforts did not come without a cost.
yearly undergraduate tuition now approaching $30,000, it seems difficult
to imagine a time when a $100 per year increase caused much of a
disturbance. However, the 1960s was a time marked by numerous tuition
increases at Georgetown that were necessary to meet the demands
of a fast-growing university.
of these increases was effective for the 1961-62 school year. Tuition
was raised by $200, despite Bunn's claim that "it has always
been a tradition at Jesuit schools to keep the tuition as low as
possible." Citing difficulties meeting the cost of higher education,
the increase was approved. By 1963, the cost of a Georgetown education
was $1,350 per year.
Just two years
later, students faced another tuition increase of $200, this time
to accommodate a five-percent salary increase for full-time faculty
members. The raise was the result of discussion among administrators
of Jesuit institutions across the country, who were concerned that
educators at Jesuit schools were traditionally paid lower salaries
than those at comparable secular institutions.
increases of around 10 percent each, tuition was raised twice more
during the remainder of the decade. In the 1967-68 academic year,
it was raised $250 and just one year later it was raised $100.
hosted many famous musical artists throughout the '60s, including
Ray Charles in 1963, Peter, Paul and Mary in 1964, Johnny Mathis
in 1966, The Righteous Brothers in 1966, Dionne Warwick in 1967
and Joan Baez at the end of the decade.
John F. Kennedy,
Jr., was born at Georgetown University Hospital at 6 p.m. on the
evening of Thanksgiving, 1960. President-elect Kennedy came to the
hospital the following morning and announced the baby's name to
In 1961, Georgetown
hosted the Intercollegiate Jazz Festival, judged by Dizzie Gillespie,
and the university made its television debut on Nov. 19, 1961, as
part of a series of films on local colleges and universities.
later, John Glenn came to campus to film a show entitled The Experts
Answer on the anniversary of the first U.S. orbital flight on Jan.
17, 1963. The panel included two Georgetown students who asked questions
pertaining to the U.S. space program and the Space Race with the
the 175th Anniversary of Georgetown University, and the celebration
of the event included a broadcast message from Pope Paul VI greeting
students and faculty in honor of the anniversary. The Pope's speech
was heard by 3,100 students who piled into McDonough. Additionally,
Hon. Earl Warren, the chief justice of the Supreme Court at the
time, spoke on "Law and Public Service" in the first of
five anniversary convocations.
of South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem spoke on Oct. 19, 1963.
that her brother would fight for the self-sufficiency of his people
"in spite of war, with war and against war." She also
responded to burning of Buddhist monks, remarking that they were
"victims of their own development."
Over the course
of the decade, Georgetown students participated in many Civil Rights
Events. In 1963, 80 to 100 students marched to Capitol Hill in support
of the Civil Rights Bill. These students joined 300 others from
American and Howard Universities. A prayer rally took place on April
28, 1964, in McDonough again in a show of support of the Civil Rights
Bill. One hundred students protested at the rally but were dispersed
by university authorities. In a Hoya survey from the time, 107 students
were advocates of the Civil Rights Act, 50 were against it and 145
wanted an amended version of the Civil Rights Act passed.
secretary of NAACP spoke at Georgetown in Gaston Hall, filled to
near capacity. Wilkens called the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 a "kindergarten
exercise in basic Americanism."
Hoyas joined Martin Luther King Jr. for a march from Selma to Montgomery,
Ala. Upon his return, one student led a group to the White House
to deliver a letter applauding the president for the new voting
rights bill signed in response to events in Alabama.
students were accused of anti-Semitism after one wore a vintage
German helmet from World War II to a New York University basketball
game. The story got national attention, but Georgetown and NYU jointly
determined that there had been no malicious intent. The offending
student said he wanted to promote school spirit, and had been unaware
that his actions might anger Jewish NYU students.
In the 1960s,
the Medical Center began a rigorous expansion program. On Jan. 11,
1968, the university determined that the Med Center would operate
as a separate financial entity from the university, since Georgetown
couldn't assume responsibility for the $10.8 million expansion project.
In 1967, Georgetown
hired non-Catholic faculty members in the theology department -
two Protestants and two Rabbis - for the first time in the university's
One year later,
William Jefferson Clinton (SFS '68), then a senior in the School
of Foreign Service, became the first SFS student in Georgetown history
to be named a Rhodes Scholar. He planned to study philosophy, politics
and economics at Oxford.
In 1968, a
landmark decision was reached when the Board of Directors granted
a proposal to admit women to the College class of 1973. Previously,
women were only in the school of Nursing, the School of Foreign
Service and the Institute of Languages and Linguistics.