Maxwell MacOdrum helped establish a permanent home for the fledgling Carleton College. A testament to his contribution remains in the iconic MacOdrum Library, a cornerstone of the campus experience and a fitting tribute to a man so committed to Carleton’s very first student cohorts.

MacOdrum was Carleton’s first full-time faculty member, lecturing in English.

In 1946, MacOdrum was appointed vice-president, and he was handed the reins to Carleton’s presidency after Henry Marshall Tory passed away in 1947. And it was during MacOdrum’s tenure, between 1945 and 1947, that the school became firmly established as a liberal arts college.

There is much more to the story of Maxwell MacOdrum. Be sure to read a retrospective about him on the Alumni Association website written by historian Mark Bourrie.


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