Dr Louis T Benezet

Graduating class of 1932



Born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin in 1915, Louis T. Benezet followed in the footsteps of his father, who served as Manchester's superintendent of schools and a Dartmouth College professor, and chose the classroom and the schoolhouse as his place of work. After being graduated from Central in the Class of 1932A, Dr. Benezet earned his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth, his master's from Reed, and his doctorate in college administration from Columbia in 1942. From 1948 to 1955, he served as president of Allegheny College, and from 1955 to 1963, he was president of Colorado College. He transformed Colorado College into a nationally recognized and ranked liberal arts college. In recognition of his efforts, the college awards an annual prize named in his honor. He later served as president of Claremont Graduate School and University Center in Claremont, California and as president of the State University of New York at Albany, Widely published, Benezet was a nationally recognized expert on college administration and the author of four books. He was awarded eleven honorary degrees from institutions of higher education, including Dartmouth, Colorado College, the University of California, and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Benezet died in 2002 in Mill Valley, California. Predeceased by two wives, he is survived by four children and four grandchildren.