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January 29, 1932
Graham Memorial, the first student union, opened and was dedicated. Every student paid $1 per quarter for the privilege of membership.
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February 3, 1932
Frederick H. Koch, founder and promoter of the Carolina Playmakers, was named as Kenan Professor of Dramatic Literature. Born in Covington, Kentucky, Koch grew up in Illinois. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan and Harvard University and later taught English at the University of North Dakota from 1905 to 1918. While in Chapel Hill, Koch instructed and influenced many University graduates including Thomas Wolfe, Paul Green, Betty Smith, and Jonathan Daniels.
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May 27, 1932
At a meeting called by longtime university librarian Louis Round Wilson, the Friends of the Library of the University of North Carolina was founded.
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August 26, 1932
George Tayloe Winston died in Durham. An 1874 graduate of Cornell University, he began teaching at the University in 1875 as an assistant professor of literature. In 1891, Winston was unanimously elected president of the University and held this position until 1896, when he resigned to become the first president of the University of Texas. Quickly tiring of the Texas job, he returned to North Carolina in 1899 to serve as president of the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in Raleigh, which is now known as North Carolina State University.
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