What’s in a name?
If you have been in The Village on LMU’s campus in the past week, you have probably noticed a change. The two newest residence halls, formerly referred to as DB3 and DB4, now have names. Many students are aware that the other residence halls in The Village are either named after alumni donors (Shelton and Langley) or former university presidents (Burchett and McClelland). Now that DB3 and DB4 have been named, there is a great deal of curiosity surrounding the origination of these names. However, there is no real mystery here as these two are also named for donors and a former president.
Norton Hall, formerly known as DB3, is named after a residence hall that once stood near the main entrance of campus, across from LP Hall. The original Norton Hall was built in 1912. The construction was made possible through a generous contribution from Mary and Ella Norton of Norwich, Connecticut. The sisters honored their father’s lifelong commitment to philanthropy through their support of LMU and many other organizations. Many LMU alumni made great memories in this dorm, as it also contained a kitchen and dining hall. In 1923 and 1924, Norton Hall served as an infirmary during a typhoid epidemic. Now, many more memories will be made in the new Norton Hall.
DB4 is now named Peters Hall after Dr. Ralph Martin Peters and his wife, Lorraine Daniel Peters. Dr. Peters completed his undergraduate degree at Lincoln Memorial University. He was a member of both the baseball and basketball teams during this time. After completing his master’s and doctorate degree at the University of Tennessee, he returned to LMU to serve as the director of admissions and alumni services. He was also a professor of education and chair of the Department of Education. He later served several positions at Tennessee Technological University. In 1992, he returned to LMU as a professor of graduate education. He then served as interim president and a member of the LMU Board of Trustees. He has been honored as a member of both the LMU Educators’ Hall of Fame and the LMU Athletes’ Hall of Fame. Lorraine Daniel Peters also earned a bachelor’s degree from LMU. She then earned a master’s degree from Tennessee Tech, where she taught for 29 years.
The Peters legacy lives on as the R. Martin Peters Young Alumnus of the Year Award, the Martin and Lorraine Peters Endowed Scholarship and the Lorraine D. Peters Endowed Nursing Scholarship are awarded each year. The R. Martin Peters Young Alumnus of the Year Award is awarded at the Alumni Banquet during homecoming to an individual who embodies his ideals. Additionally the Martin Peters Endowed Fund for Athletics exists to fund scholarships and other athletic needs.
Both residence halls will be formally dedicated during the 2014 Homecoming activities October 9-11.