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Dr. Samuel B. Gould, president of the State University, took a look at the $2.4-million Hudson Hall Friday afternoon and declared it a "splendid distinguished achievement."
The Hall is the new science, mathematics building at Beekman and Broad Sts. It will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
In a dedication speech, Gould said he hoped the university will keep its academic standards on as high a level of achievement."
Turning to Dr. George Angell, the college president, he said: "I wish for you, as indeed I wish for the entire university, that our academic programs will be as well and carefully designed as Hudson Hall...and that those who graduate will have an education as adaptable to a changing American society as this building is to tomorrow's needs."
Dr. Harold J. Perkins, chairman of the college's Division of Science and Mathematics, accepted the building on behalf of the faculty.
He recalled that the glory of achievement belonged largely to his predecessor, Dr. F. Resse Nevin, the planner of the building.
Nevin is on sabbatical leave at the University of Miami and could not attend the dedication.
Dr. Philip Abelson, editor of Science Magazine, will speak this morning at 11 during the building's open house. His topic: "Science in the Service of Society."
New York Telephone Co. films will be shown at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. An international Business Machines film on "The Information Machine," will be shown at 1 p.m.
A modern mathematics filmstrip with commentary by faculty members will be shown at 2:15 p.m.
A film, "April Skies," will be shown at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the building's planetarium.