The Colgate Scene
September 2000
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President Emeritus
Everett Needham Case
April 9, 1901 - July 18, 2000
President Emeritus Everett Needham Case died July 18, 2000, at Harding Nursing Home in nearby Waterville, New York at the age of 99.

     "Mr. Case guided the college through the challenging years of World War II before leading its emergence into the modern era," said President Karelis. "Working with faculty, staff, alumni and trustees, he gave shape and substance to the college we know today."

     As Colgate's ninth president, from 1942 to 1962, Case brought Colgate through years of low enrollment during the war by securing training programs for U.S. Navy personnel. In the postwar years, when enrollment increased dramatically, Case furthered the development of the core curriculum that became a model for many other colleges and improved advanced specialized instruction. He was also credited with furthering faculty research and creative endeavors, increasing faculty salaries and fringe benefits and enhancing various areas of the administration.

     The college also benefitted from improvements to the physical plant, including the construction of six major buildings: the infirmary wing of Hamilton Community Memorial Hospital in 1952; Kendrick, Eaton and Dodge residence halls in 1957; the University Library, Chapel House and Reid Athletic Center in 1959; and Watson House in 1962. As well, during President Case's tenure Colgate expanded its special public services, such as teacher training, the Colgate Foreign Policy Conference and use of campus facilities for summer programs. Case's talents as an effective fundraiser helped to increase endowment income and annual giving in support of educational programs many times over.

     The college awarded President Case an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 1957 and in 1962 the library was named in his honor.

     A true renaissance man, the educator and financier was also a poet, pianist and composer. For years, Case composed a Christmas carol to send out as an annual holiday greeting. In February of 1998, the Colgate orchestra premiered five of Case's original compositions, arranged by his friend and Colgate trumpet instructor Carleton Clay in honor of his 97th birthday.

     Case's wife, Josephine Young Case, was herself an integral member of the community, beloved for her gracious hospitality and recognized for her contributions through her membership on a variety of committees, scholarly interests, publications, and stimulating and creative ideas. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Case wrote a biography of her father, Owen D. Young, chairman of General Electric and founder of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). Mrs. Case predeceased her husband in 1990.

     Born April 9, 1901, Case was educated at Princeton, Cambridge and Harvard. After experience in industry, and prior to his arrival at Colgate, Case was assistant dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

     After leaving Colgate in 1962, Case became president and chief executive officer of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He briefly served as chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York before retiring in 1969.

     Case served as president of the American Council on Education, chairman of National Educational Television (NET), and board member of IBM World Trade, the Committee for Economic Development and the Fund for Financial Aid to Education. Additionally, he had been an alumni trustee of Princeton, board member of the Sloan-Kettering Foundation and a member of the Harvard Overseers Committee. He received 13 honorary degrees.

     Case is survived by his four children: Josephine Edmonds Case of Van Hornesville, N.Y., James H. III of White Plains, N.Y., Samuel P. of Fairfax, CA and John P. of Cambridge, MA; eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

     A memorial service was held at Colgate in September at the Chapel.

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