On September 17, 2006, the Hilltop Campus of Washington University in St. Louis was renamed the Danforth Campus.
The name honors Dr. William H. Danforth, the 13th chancellor of the university, his family and the Danforth Foundation for the role they have played in the evolution of Washington University.
Approximately 1,000 people attended the Danforth Campus dedication ceremony in Graham Chapel. Among those making remarks were Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and David W. Kemper, then chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Harold T. Shapiro, PhD, president emeritus and professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University, gave the keynote address, titled “A Larger Sense of Purpose: Higher Education and Society.”
A highlight of the ceremony came when the Danforth siblings were presented with replicas of the Danforth Campus medallion that was installed in September 2006 on the Danforth Plaza just east of Brookings Hall.
The Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis honors a man who, with his wife and thousands of colleagues and friends, worked to keep alive the dream of a great university located in the Midwest, to build upon the accomplishments of their predecessors, and to hand on to us, their successors, both the dream and a healthy edifice on which to build.