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Rettaliata, John T., Dr.

 Person

Biography

John T. Rettaliata (1911-2009) served as Illinois Institute of Technology's second president from 1952 - June 30, 1973. His tenure at IIT began in 1945 as a professor of mechanical engineering. He held various campus positions prior to become president including director of the mechanical engineering department, dean of engineering, and vice-president for academic affairs. As president of IIT, he also served as president of Armour Research Foundation where he had previously been a consultant in the ARF mechanical engineering division. Rettaliata's presidency marked a time of continued expansion of the physical campus and IIT's building program. In addition, it was under Rettaliata that the school developed into a university as a result of administrative reorganization and expansion of the school's academic programs.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

John T. Rettaliata Office Files,1955-1973

 Collection
Identifier: 024.05.05
Description of the Collection

Believed to be the office files of Illinois Institute of Technology President John T. Rettaliata.

Dates: 1955-1973

John T. Rettaliata papers,1954-1973

 Collection
Identifier: 024.05.03
Description of the Collection Mostly typescripts of speeches by John T. Rettaliata during his presidency at Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago), on campus and external. Small amount of biographical materials - cirriculum vita, press releases, news clippings, etc. including 1947 press release concerning civilian service to U. S. Navy during WWII. Also, his handling of students protests campus sit-in following the Kent State shootings, Rettaliata's 20th anniversary as president and his resignation. One headshot...
Dates: 1954-1973

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