Oakland City University dedicates new bell tower in honor of former professor

Updated: Apr. 30, 2021 at 6:10 PM CDT
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OAKLAND CITY, Ind. (WFIE) - Oakland City University dedicated a new bell tower in memory of a long-time professor on Friday.

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Dr. Jerry W. Phillips graduated from the University in 1959.

He joined the faculty as a mathematics professor in 1963, and taught until his retirement in 2001.

After his passing in 2006, family and friends chose to honor him through a fund for a clock and bell tower on the site of Brengle Hall, which is the building where he taught for decades.

“Clearly, it’s going to be the iconic structure on campus,” Dr. Ron Dempsey, the president of Oakland City University said. “As you come up the entrance, it’s the first thing you’re going to see. Also, I think it adds an even more collegiate feel to the University.”

There are four bells in the tower and a memorial brick plaza is included with the design.

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