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Lambert, Fred D., 1931
Fred Dayton Lambert (d.1931), A1894, G1897, professor of botany, was a devoted alumnus and faculty member of Tufts College, where he spent more than forty years living and working.
Lambert entered Tufts in 1890, majoring in biology. As an undergraduate, Lambert was a member of the football and track teams, Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and Phi Beta Kappa. He also worked as a laboratory assistant. He graduated in 1894.He continued his studies at Tufts while he served as an assistant in the biology department, receiving both his M.A. and his Ph. D. degrees in 1897. During this time, he was proctor of .The following year, he accepted a position teaching in Maine, which marked one of only two years Lambert spent away from Tufts after he matriculated.
In 1899, Lambert returned to Tufts as an instructor of natural history. He married Mary Anna "Polly" Ingalls in 1903, with whom he had one daughter, Elizabeth. The following year, Lambert was made assistant professor of biology. During the 1910-11 academic year, Lambert left Tufts for the second and last time in order to study at Freiburg University in Germany and at the Naples Zoological Station. In 1913, Lambert was made professor of botany, a position he held for the remainder of his life.
He resided at 120 Packard Avenue on the college's Medford campus. Lambert once remarked to a friend, "I sleep on Packard Avenue. I live in Barnum Museum." He died there, at his desk, of a cerebral hemorrhage, on February 21, 1931.
The east wing of Barnum Hall (formerly Barnum Museum), built in 1935 to complete the orginal plan for the building, was named in honor of Lambert.
Source: VF; TW, February 25, 1931; RNTB1
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