Oxford University’s Latest College Named for Sir Isaac Wolfson
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Oxford University’s Latest College Named for Sir Isaac Wolfson

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Oxford University voted last night to rename its latest college, Iffley College, as the Isaac Wolfson College, and to name Sir Isaiah Berlin, noted British Jewish philosopher as president of the new college. The motions, calling for these moves were made by A. Norrington, president of Trinity College, and adopted unanimously.

Sir Isaac Wolfson, the British Jewish industrialist and philanthropist, gave Oxford $4,500,000 for the establishment of the college. The Ford Foundation has added an equal amount, making the $9,000,000 in contributions the largest benefaction ever given to Oxford at one time. Prof. Norrington’s proposal renamed Iffley into Wolfson and named Sir Isaiah as president because, the Trinity head said, “it is due to Sir Isaiah’s enthusiasm and confidence, and his very high reputation here and in the United States, that these grants have been offered us. “

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