Calhoun dining hall named in honor of late alumnus Roosevelt Thompson

Friends, family members, and alumni discuss the legacy of Roosevelt Thompson (1961–1984), who was a member of the Calhoun College community until his death during his senior year at Yale. The college has just named its dining hall in his honor.
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The dining room of Calhoun College has been named for Roosevelt Thompson ’84, who made an indelible impression on so many during his short life, Yale has announced.

Roosevelt L. Thompson

Professor Julia Adams, the head of Calhoun, informed her college’s students of the dining hall naming in a recent message.

“When you are all back on campus, we will hold a commemoration to mark the official naming and to celebrate Rosey’s life and contributions to Yale, the College, to his home town of Little Rock and to the broader community,” she wrote.

Thompson, who had been named a Rhodes Scholar, was killed in a traffic accident during his senior year.

An undergraduate prize for public service is named in his memory. Recipients of the Roosevelt L. Thompson Prize are Yale College seniors judged to be outstanding for dedication to public service–service to “the team, the college, the community” and exemplify great human warmth, commitment to fairness, compassion for all people, and the promise of moral leadership in the public sphere.

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