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Bates House was built in 1923, and four presidents lived there: William C. Weir (1923-1924), John Dobbs (1924-1940), Walter Giersbach (1941-1953), and Charles Armstrong (1953-1958). From 1946 to 1947, $8,000 was spent to renovate the interior of Bates House. Even though President Giersbach still lived in the house during that time, six male students lived in the basement since there was a shortage of post-war housing.
Shortly after President Miller Ritchie began his administration in 1959, the house was named in honor of Rev. Henry Liberty Bates, a former dean of the faculty at Pacific. Bates was also the last principal of Tualatin Academy from 1893-1915.
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On Your Own Two Feet, A Self-Guided Tour of Our Historic Campus. Pamphlet. Forest Grove, OR: Pacific University, 2003.