Despite the increase in enrollment, there had been no classroom construction at the College since 1925. With the library having moved to Honnold, that need for more space was met by remodeling the former Carnegie Library into a classroom and office building for the social sciences. The renovation was completed in 1953 at a cost of $75,891.
First Class in Computing
Pomona’s first class in computing was given to 52 students by Professor Chester Jaeger.
Sixth Rhodes Scholar
Frank G. Wells ’53 became Pomona’s sixth Rhodes Scholar, and the third in four years, following in the footsteps of James L. Steffensen ’52 and Alan Thornton ’50.
Win Streak Begins
The football team won the first of a record 12 straight games, including an 8-0 undefeated, conference-winning season in 1954. The team also won conference crowns in 1953 and 1955.
A trailblazing civil rights attorney who fought for the rights of farm workers, Cruz Reynoso ’53 became the first Latino on the California Supreme Court in 1982. Professor of law emeritus at the University of California, Davis, Reynoso also was a law professor at the University of New Mexico and the UCLA School of Law. In 2001, he served as vice chair of the Civil Rights Commission, leading the only official investigation into voting irregularities in the Bush v. Gore presidential election. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000 by President Bill Clinton.
Jonas Salk announced his polio vaccine.
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
The UNIVAC 1103 became the first commercial computer to use random access memory.