Fleming Hall, West Virginia Wesleyan College
Established in 1952, Fleming hall became the first men’s residence hall on West Virginia Wesleyan’s campus, and was named after the late Wallace B. Fleming in 1955. Dr. Fleming was President of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1915-1922.
Backstory and Context
Dr. Wallace B. Fleming was president from 1915-1922. During his presidency World War I was being fought, so the college housed and trained students from the army training corp. Dr. Fleming was also president when the Spanish Flu epidemic hit Wesleyan’s campus in 1918. Most students were quarantined, and the Annex had to be turned into a hospital to take care of the influx of patients. Despite the disasters that occurred during his presidency, Dr. Fleming was responsible for the development of many new academic programs and was admired by his students and faculty and known for his warm, courteous, and Christlike manner. He even wrote the lyrics to West Virginia Wesleyan’s Alma Mater in 1918.
Wallace B. Fleming returned to West Virginia in 1938 upon the request of Roy McCuskey to become Vice President. He remained VP until 1945 before retiring. His fundraising included successfully establishing a contract to construct the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library, Loar Music Hall, and a men’s residence hall, later named Fleming Hall in his honor.
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