Dean Hall

ARTHUR LYMAN DEAN (1878-1952), for whom Dean Hall is named, was the second president of the University, from 1914 to 1927. Dean Hall was originally called the Biological Sciences Building. Born in Southwick, Massachusetts, Dean received a B.A. from Harvard and a doctorate from Yale. Dean was an assistant professor of chemistry at the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University when he was appointed president. During his presidency, the College of Hawaii grew into a University, and enrollment enlarged from 21 to 874 students.

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In 1927, after resigning as president, he served in a variety of executive positions, including that of director of Territorial Food Commission, director of the Pineapple Research Institute (then called the Pineapple Producers Cooperative Association), member of the UH Board of Regents, and a vice president of Alexander & Baldwin. Dean received international attention for his work in refining oil from the chaulmoogra tree into a palliative for the treatment of Hansen's disease. For an authoritative discussion on the efficacy of chaulmoogra treatment and Dean's work, see Parascandola (2003).

* Grove, A. Day. History Makers of Hawaii (Mutual, 1984)
* Parascandola, John. "Chaulmoogra Oil and the Treatment of Leprosy." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, New Orleans, 2003.
* Kobayashi, Victor N. Building a Rainbow (Hui o Students, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1983)


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