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Date Posted: 23:35:53 11/07/03 Fri
In reply to: Euphonius X. Buttocks 's message, "Re: WELCOME TO THE PIERPONT MESSAGE BOARD" on 09:49:57 11/06/03 Thu

Euphonius X wrote:
>Something else that might be of interest to you is
>that Mildred Pierpont was the mother of famed
>financier J. Pierpont Morgan and was one of the early
>benefactresses of the University of Mass, then called
>Stockbridge School of Agriculture. As you probably
>know J.P.'s father, Phineas J. Morgan had his roots
>right here in western Mass and was a relative of the
>Morgan's of West Springfield and of course the world
>famous Morgan Horse.

I don't believe you are correct.... from: http://www.dailycollegian.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2002/01/31/3c58bf4c8ee41?in_archive=1


A co-worker of Mildred Pierpont's, upon hearing of her retirement in 1962, told the Campus Chronicle, "Knowing her [Pierpont] was one of the fringe benefits of working for the University."

For 43 years Pierpont toiled away, dedicated to serving UMass students and faculty. The only clerk to have ever had a building named in their honor, Peirpont worked as the scheduling officer, creating and re-working students schedules by hand each semester.

It was said of Pierpont that she knew every building on campus, the number of classrooms in each, the number of seats in each classroom, whether the acoustics were good or not, and if there were any obstructions to block a student's view. A tall woman, with wispy red hair, Pierpont could be seen communing with students and faculty members across campus during her free time.

Upon her death in 1963, UMass President Dr. John Lederle said, "With the passing of Mildred Pierpont, a tradition passes at University of Massachusetts. We will sorely miss one of the University's great ladies."

Pierpont was the first woman to have a University Index dedicated to her.

"To be selected as the first woman in the history of the University to whom an Index has ever been dedicated - and this is the eighteenth edition -should be honor enough for anyone. To be selected so by a student body in search of the one individual on the campus who best symbolizes the spirit of the University of Massachusetts is a singular honor indeed..." said Marshall O. Lamphear, a colleague of Pierpont.

Pierpont was the first of the Southwest dorms to open in 1965. Pierpont residents have since its first day called the small pond that forms each spring on the lawn near the building as Lake Mildred.

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