The Howard Nemerov House was dedicated on October 23, 1999. The house is designed with suite style housing primarily for upperclassmen. The building features many amenities for students, like lounges and study rooms on each floor and a kitchen and game room on the first floor.
Howard Nemerov joined the Arts and Sciences faculty in 1969. A 1941 graduate of Harvard University, Nemerov had taught at Hamilton, Bennington and Hollins colleges, the University of Minnesota and Brandeis University before joining the faculty here.
He wrote over 30 books — novels, short story collections, verse and criticism. Among his many honors were a Guggenheim fellowship in 1968 and the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1978. He was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of more than 20 honorary degrees.
Nemerov regularly taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. He was generous with his time and talent and frequently spoke to rapt campus audiences and at community events.
Nemerov was born in New York City in 1920. During World War II he was a flying officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force and a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Force. He died in 1991.
Part of the Wayman Crow Residential College, Nemerov House opened in 1999.