Opened in 1933 as one of the original eight undergraduate residential colleges endowed by Edward Harkness, Calhoun College was named for US Vice President John C. Calhoun, an 1804 graduate of Yale College and advocate of slaveholding and state’s rights. Since the 1960s, Calhoun’s white supremacist beliefs and pro-slavery leadership have prompted calls to rename the college or remove its tributes to Calhoun. In 2016, the Yale Corporation chose to retain Calhoun as the college’s namesake, but on February 11, 2017, following a report by a new Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming, Yale president Peter Salovey announced that this decision was reversed, and the name of the college would be changed to honor Grace Hopper.

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B. Davie Napier

Master, 1964 to 1966

R. W. B. Lewis

Master, 1966 to 1972

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