W. W. Hagerty Library Group Study Room Dedicated to Rachel & Orval Lovett '47

W. W. Hagerty Library Group Study Room Dedicated to Rachel & Orval Lovett '47
Jenny James Lee
April 1, 2014

Rachel Garber Lovett ’47 joined 12 members of her family on Saturday, March 30, 2014 to unveil a group study room that her family dedicated to her and her late husband Orval Lovett ‘47. Five family members across two generations following this couple were also Drexel graduates and this collective tribute to the first Lovett Dragons is an wonderful link across time to the University.  Through their gift, the group study room now features white board walls for collaborative work and lightweight and mobile furnishings including a table with a writable surface.

Members of the family left messages on the white boards for students returning to campus for spring term the following Monday. The messages wished them well in their studies and shared details about the family who made the room’s transformation possible.   One family member wrote a good luck wish in Chinese.

Rachel and Orval Lovett were the first alumni to record an oral history through the University Archives’ Tales of the Dragon project. The project seeks to gather the stories and memories of Drexel alumni, providing valuable information on the changing history of the University.  Orval Lovett was a civil engineering major and a member of Alpha Pi Lambda while Rachel was a home economics major and belonged to Alpha Sigma Alpha.   

The Libraries appreciate this family’s action to acknowledge their parents and grandparents in the context of their experiences at Drexel and for doing so through improving a library study room for students to use.   We give thanks, on behalf of Drexel students. 

For more information about naming a group study room in one of the Libraries’ locations, please contact libraries@drexel.edu.