Posted on Oct 30, 2006

Nancy DeLoye Fitzroy cuts the ribbon while President Ainlay looks on.

Dozens of family, friends, staff and students came from near and far last week for the dedication of the DeLoye-Fitzroy House at 203 Seward Place, a tribute to the late Roland V. Fitzroy Jr. '43, known for his work with the Manhattan Project, and his wife, the former Nancy DeLoye, an accomplished engineer and aviator.

DeLoye-Fitzroy House, Seward Place, Oct. 2006

The two-story residence, recently renovated, is home to nine students.

“This house started out with Roland's name alone, but at the encouragement of others, has morphed to include my name,” DeLoye Fitzroy said at the ribbon-cutting.

“Roland set up a scholarship for students some years ago, but it seemed to me that naming a student residence for him would have pleased him. Roland loved everything about Union.”

DeLoye Fitzroy cited her husband's appreciation for “a solid education in electrical engineering” with liberal arts, “the civilized atmosphere,” beautiful campus and his enduring friendships with other classmates, including the late Louis Loeb and Wally Macmillan, as well as Ted Vinick '43, who was on hand for the dedication.

Dedication speakers included President Stephen Ainlay, Director of Development Michael O'Hara and Robert Bode '07, who lives in the residence.

Roland Fitzroy earned his B.S. in electrical engineering. His 41-year career with GE included work with the Project Hermes Guided Missile Division and Rocket Engine Department at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. With the U.S. Army during World War II, he was selected to top-secret technical roles with the Manhattan Engineer District.