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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.

Fred S. Silander

Fred S. Silander (1926-2000) was a veteran of World War II who received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of New Hampshire and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Coming to DePauw in 1958, Dr. Silander taught economics, and served as Vice President of Finance (from 1981) and as Vice President of Academic Affairs (from 1987) until his retirement in 1991. His community involvement included service as local board president for Cummins Mental Health and he headed the Putnam County Library board during that facility's 1995-1996 renovation. He was honored in 1998 as the Putnam County Mental Health Association's Person of the Year, and in 1999 the Governor of Indiana named him a Sagamore of the Wabash.