Many of us have lived in the dorms at Kate Gleason Hall and Nathaniel Rochester Hall, but do you know the story behind the people who inspired their names?  

Nathaniel Rochester Hall is named after Colonel Nathaniel Rochester, founder of the city of Rochester and first president of the Rochester Athenaeum, which merged with the Mechanics Institute in 1891 to become RIT.  Today NRH houses important services such as the Corner Store, ITS ResNet, and post office, and is also the location of special interest houses dedicated to engineering, photography and computer science. 

Kate Gleason Hall is named in honor of Kate Gleason, a businesswoman and the first woman elected to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Ms. Gleason donated a considerable amount from her $1.4 million estate to RIT, as well as other public institutions around Rochester.


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