December 17, 1997

Middlebury College Board of Trustees Announces Names of Three New Student Houses

The Middlebury College Board of Trustees has announced the names of three new student houses that are nearing completion-Brackett House, Palmer House and Prescott House. The board named the houses in honor of alumni in recognition of their commitment to residential life at Middlebury College.

Located on the western edge of the campus, each building is a two-story, wood-frame structure that will house 30 students. The buildings contain mostly single rooms and common kitchen and lounge space.

Co-ed groups of students who are members of organizations known as social houses will occupy the buildings. On Jan. 3, Zeta Theta Phi will move into Prescott House. Alpha Delta Phi and Omega Alpha will occupy Brackett House and Palmer House respectively as of Jan. 19. A fourth house will be completed before the fall semester.

Brackett House is named in honor of Mary Williams Brackett of the class of 1936, a native of Westminster, Vt., and resident of Wilton, Conn. Academic dean emerita of Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, Conn., Brackett taught in the Middlebury College German School, and served as both the College's dean of admissions for women and as dean of women. She is a former president of the Middlebury College Alumni Association and a former vice chairman of the College's board of trustees, the first woman to hold this office. Brackett is currently a trustee emerita.

Palmer House is named in honor of Patricia Judah Palmer of the class of 1957, a resident of Wellesley Hills, Mass. She is a co-chair of the College's current Bicentennial Campaign, a $200 million fundraising effort that will conclude in 2000, the year the College celebrates the 200th anniversary of its founding. Palmer also has served as vice president and president of the Middlebury College Alumni Association, class secretary, and alumni admissions representative. As a fundraiser for the College, she has volunteered for phonathons and worked as a class agent. Palmer is a former member of the board of trustees and a current trustee emerita.

Prescott House is named in honor of W. Kyle Prescott of the class of 1949, owner of the import/export firm Prescott & Co. Ltd. A resident of Ontario, Canada, where his company is based, Prescott has served the College as co-founder of the Middlebury College Alumni Association of Canada and president of the Montreal Chapter of the Middlebury College Alumni Association. He also was the chairman of the Montreal admissions committee from 1974 to 1989. Accompanying admissions staff members throughout the United States and Canada, Prescott was instrumental in building the alumni admissions program from just 27 alumni participants in its early years to over 2300 alumni volunteers today. A former member of the board of trustees, Prescott is a trustee emeritus.