Nathan Marsh Pusey, president of Lawrence University from July 1944 to June 1953 and namesake of the Pusey Room in the Warch Campus Center, was Lawrence’s tenth president. I recently finished arranging his collection of materials from his time at Lawrence, and he is certainly one of the most loved and respected of Lawrence presidents. Pusey received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. He then served as a sophomore tutor at Lawrence from 1935-1938 while Henry Wriston was president. He taught history and literature at Scripps College and then served four years as an associate professor of classics at Wesleyan University before accepting the presidency at Lawrence. There was much celebrating and fireworks when Pusey and his family arrived at Lawrence and moved into the president’s residence, the house that is now used as the administrative building Sampson House. President Pusey actively worked with the university’s curriculum and, in the fall of 1945, introduced a new course known as Freshman Studies. All freshmen were required to take the course that emphasized the discussion of ideas through the study of works of literature, art and music. The course has been an important part of the Lawrence experience ever since. Freshman Studies is undoubtedly Pusey’s best-known Lawrence legacy. Pusey was known as the “faculty’s president’ and actively worked with the faculty as decisions were made regarding the university. Memorial Union, now Memorial Hall, and the Worcester Art Center, located where Wriston Art Center is now, were built during Pusey’s presidency. While at Lawrence, Pusey received an honorary degree from Ripon College in January 1945. He also received national attention during the 1950s for his public clashes with Senator Joseph McCarthy. Pusey left Lawrence in 1953 to accept the presidency of Harvard University. This Lawrence-Harvard connection resulted in Lawrence being termed “the Harvard of the Midwest.” The day that the Lawrence community learned Pusey would be leaving Lawrence, students and faculty met at Memorial Union and, carrying torches, gathered in front of the president’s residence and serenaded Pusey and his family. Pusey addressed the crowd and thanked them for their well wishes. After beginning his presidency at Harvard, Pusey went on to receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from Yale University in November 1953 and an honorary doctor of laws degree from Brown University in June 1954. Pusey returned to Lawrence in November 1954 to receive an honorary degree from the university. He made several trips to Lawrence in the following years, including one to give the annual Honors Day Convocation address in May 1987, and always remembered the names of the faculty, staff and students he had known at Lawrence. Pusey died November 14, 2001 in New York City at the age of 94. His permanent legacy at Lawrence is reflected in the Freshman Studies program and in the room named in his honor in the Warch Campus Center.