Calvin Plimpton

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Calvin Hastings Plimpton
13thPresident of Amherst College
In office
Preceded by Charles Woolsey Cole
Succeeded by John William Ward
Personal details
Born(1918-10-07)October 7, 1918
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
DiedJanuary 30, 2007(2007-01-30) (aged 88)
Westwood, Massachusetts, United States
Nationality American
Spouse(s)Ruth Talbot
Alma mater Amherst College (1939)
Harvard Medical School (1943)
Harvard University (M.S., 1947)
Columbia University (Ph.D., 1952)
Plimpton House, Amherst College (1914) Plimpton House, Amherst MA.jpg
Plimpton House, Amherst College (1914)

Calvin Hastings Plimpton (7 October 1918 – 30 January 2007) was an American physician and educator, who served as president of Amherst College and American University of Beirut. He is known for appointing a commission in 1970 whose findings resulted in the admission of women to Amherst in 1975.

Amherst College liberal arts college in Massachusetts

Amherst College is a private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts. Founded in 1821 as an attempt to relocate Williams College by its then-president Zephaniah Swift Moore, Amherst is the third oldest institution of higher education in Massachusetts. The institution was named after the town, which in turn had been named after Lord Jeffery Amherst. It was originally established as a men's college but became coeducational in 1975.

American University of Beirut university

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Plimpton was the son of George Arthur Plimpton, who was chairman of the Amherst board of trustees from 1906 to 1936. His mother was Fanny "Anne" Hastings, and through her he was descended from Thomas Hastings, who came from the East Anglia region of England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1634. Plimpton attended Phillips Exeter Academy and received a bachelor's degree from Amherst, where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He received master's and M.D. degrees from Harvard University and a Doctor of Medical Science degree from Columbia University. He served in the U.S. Army as a captain during World War II. He later taught at Columbia.

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Thomas Hastings was a prominent English immigrant to New England, one of the approximately 20,000 immigrants who came as part of the Great Migration. A deacon of the church, among his many public offices he served on the Committee of Colony Assessments in 1640 and as Deputy for Watertown to the General Court of Massachusetts in 1673. He held property in nearby Dedham between 1636 and 1639, although there is no evidence that he ever lived there.

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Plimpton was president of Amherst from 1960 to 1971 (Plimpton House, now a dormitory, was named in his honour), president of Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y., a division of the State University of New York, from 1971 to 1979 and president of American University of Beirut from 1984 to 1987.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Charles W. Cole
President of Amherst College
Succeeded by
John William Ward