Posted on May 1, 1994

Nott Geometry

Last May, the College received a $750,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation, of Troy, Mich., for the restoration and renovation of the Nott Memorial.

The challenge-the grant was contingent upon Union raising the $3.6 million required to complete full funding of the $11 million project by March 1, 1994.

On Feb. 23, the College was delighted to tell the foundation that the challenge had been met.

Support came in a variety of ways and from many sources; here are some of the final gifts that allowed the College to meet the challenge:
m $50,000 from Byron G. George '49; m $100,000 from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, of Jacksonville, Fla.; m $12,000 from Arthur F. Kingsbury 111, vice chairman of BPI Communications in New York City and the parent of a student;
m $25,000 from Roy M. Hershey '68; m $15,000, plus $15,000 in corporate matching funds,
from G. Curtis Stewart '37; More than $22,500 from members of the Garnet Guard (alumni who graduated more than fifty years ago);
m $10,000 from Robert J. Sallick '59;
m $10,000 from William W. Cumberland, Jr., '50.

The College plans to rededicate the restored Not Memorial in February, 1995. The main floor will be a meeting hall with seating for more than 400 people. There will be a gallery area and a study area and gathering space on the second and third floors.

A memorial to Bill Stone

For much of the forty-nine years the late William C. Stone taught at Union, he worked with students on a legendary project-the restoration of the Olivier models.

These three dozen string models illustrate the ruled surfaces of descriptive geometry. Bought by the College
in the nineteenth century from their maker in Paris, the models had fallen into disrepair. Bill Stone was instrumental in restoring them, and Union's collection, believed to be the finest in the world, is now on display in the Science and Engineering Center.

The College now seeks to establish an endowment for the maintenance of the models. Such a fund would mean that the models can be displayed more prominently, used in the classroom, and possibly even loaned to
museums–all as a living memorial to Prof. Stone.

Conceived as a teaching device to aid students in visualizing the intersections of various surfaces, the models are
movable. It is possible, therefore, to have a single model represent a cylindrical surface in one position and a more general ruled surface in another position.

The models were built by Professor Theodore Olivier of the Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers. Union's set is clearly an original set, for each has an engraved metal plate attached by Madame Olivier.

Bill Stone began his teaching career at Union in 1942, just three months after graduating from the College, and was a member of the faculty until his retirement in 1991 as the Marie Louise Bailey Professor of Mathematics.
Contributions may be sent to the attention of Bruce Downsbrough '75, director of development. Please note that the contribution is for the Prof. Stone Memorial Fund.