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Faces Behind the Places of DePauw University

This guide includes historical information about the people behind DePauw University's building names.

John Jacob Oliver

John Jacob OliverJohn Jacob Oliver was born in 1912 in Brazil, Indiana and died July 4, 2000 in Silver Springs, Maryland. He married Marge M. Thompson in 1937. They had a son, John Jr. and a daughter, Marilyn. He married Lois Haskins in 1969. She had a daughter Lois. After graduating from DePauw University in 1934, Oliver joined the staff of Afro-American Newspapers, Inc., where he worked to portray the positive image of black Americans that they were denied in the mainstream press. He served as president of Afro-American Newspapers from 1976-1983 and was elected to the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 1988.