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Willard S. Paul
Before becoming the 9th president of Gettysburg College in 1956, Willard S. Paul (1894-1966) served in the Army in both World Wars. He retired as Lieutenant General in 1948 and served his country in many post-war service roles.
His presidency was marked by campus construction. The Charles Stine freshman dormitory, named after an alumnus and chairman, was finished just before his presidency and the completion of the first-year men's quad took several more years. In 1956, President Paul founded the Student Senate.
As early as December 1957, President Willard S. Paul spoke to the trustees of the College about his idea to expand the first November conference into a Civil War institute. His hope was to make the College a national center of Civil War studies.
His wife Luella Musselman Paul, was a Gettysburg alumna and was honored with the Alumni Meritorious Service Award for her leadership in the community.
President Paul served as president until 1961 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors in 1966.
About the Portrait
This portrait of Willard S. Paul is an oil painting completed by J.R. Essing in 1967.