Praising Kean

Photo by Don Hamerman

It’s such a sublime space—students were using it to study for finals last spring even as the finishing touches were being put in place,” says Dean of Libraries Andrew Scrimgeour, of the new Thomas H. Kean Reading Room and Gallery in the Rose Library. The 102-by-27-foot room, whose renovation was funded by nearly $1 million in private donations, provides study space and a meeting site for Drew’s trustees. It honors Kean, 77, a former New Jersey governor (1982–90) and president of Drew (1990–2005), whose official papers are archived in the library. One wall features an original mural depicting Mead Hall and the N.J. State House in Trenton around 1836. Cabinets display Kean family possessions. “There’s a lot of history there,” Scrimgeour says. “We want people to be inspired by Tom Kean’s public service.”—Mary Jo Patterson

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