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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 3 Collections and/or Records:

Audio Tapes collection, 1970

 Collection
Identifier: 039.01.19
Description of the Collection

Two ΒΌ" magnetic reel-to-reel audio tapes on 7" reels. One, as identified on the box: "IIT - JTR [John T. Rettaliata] Student Meeting May 8, 1970." The other is identified on the box as "IIT Department Meetings."

Dates: 1970

John T. Rettaliata records, 1948-1972

 Collection
Identifier: 024.05.02
Description of the Collection

Materials related to John T. Rettaliata during his tenure as the second president of Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago), 1948 - 1973. Includes a large number of press clippings, and information for several events including the the 75th convocation and alumni events, and one folder of correspondence.

Dates: 1948-1972

John T. Rettaliata student protest photographs, 1970

 Collection
Identifier: 024.05.09
Description of the Collection Photographs of student protests on campus at Illinois Institute of Technology. Seven photographs of the Perlstein Hall sit-in show Rettaliata, James J. Brophy (academic vice president), and several other administrators facing the demonstrators. Thirteen images document a large crowd of protesters seated and standing in front of Perlstein Hall being addressed by student leaders-- some of the speakers were reportedly from Kent State. Fourteen images document Rettaliata's appearance before the...
Dates: 1970

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