A 1950 PETITION:
"THE DEAN" RECEIVES A LIVING MONUMENT
TO THE TRUSTEES OF HASTINGS COLLEGE:
We, the undersigned students of Hastings College, are hereby presenting this petition to the Board of Trustees of Hastings College with the assumption that its stated purpose may be given due and serious consideration.
Because it is common knowledge that as yet no name has been chosen for the new menís dormitory, we are proposing the name of Weyer Hall, in honor of Dr. Frank E. Weyer, long-time Dean of Hastings College.
Why Weyer Hall? Because College landmarks are customarily named after someone who has given something to the College. Usually this is a gift of money. Dean Weyer hasnít given the College any large gifts of money. He has given more than that. The time, energy, and intellect, which he has expended so lavishly on this school, cannot be measured in terms monetary.
For a great portion of his life he has worked feverishly, early and late, keeping Hastings College functioning as smoothly and efficiently as possible. He has devoted himself to a cause, which concerns us all Ė the cause of knowledge. His has been a constant effort to instill into students here the desire for the more worthwhile things in life and to teach them the means for their acquisition and appreciation.
To us, Dean Weyer has not only been a constant source of inspiration, but has seemed the guiding light of this complicated business we call Hastings College.
Dean Weyer is the busiest man on this campus, yet he is never too busy to be consulted on the most minute matter. He is concerned with the problems of every student and is always ready and happy to assist in their solutions.
We have met Dean Weyer as chief disciplinarian here. We found that in that office he has displayed a very rare degree of honesty, sincerity, and understanding. He has acquainted himself with each of us personally, and we have come away the better for that acquaintanceship.
We know that some day there will be a memorial here of some sort for Dean Weyer. It is inevitable. He is that sort of person.
We can think of no more fitting way to name the new menís dormitory than to name it after the man who has done more for the young men of Hastings College than has any other single person.
BUT WHY WAIT? Let us make the new dormitory a living monument to a living person. Let it grow in stature and tradition as a tribute to the man most intimately concerned with the lives of young men here.
For all that Dean Weyer has done for Hastings College we think it would appear little enough that a bronze plaque might be inscribed with his name and attached to a building.
[Editorís Note: Harold Decker and Hans ("Jack") Thorne headed up the student negotiating committee, asking that the new, as yet unnamed, dormitory, which had been completed in time for September 1950 occupancy, be named for Dean Weyer.]