The dedicating of Tobison Hall named on May 23, 1964 in honor of Adolf and Ann Robison who are shown here with Dr. Sammartino, then president. Dr. Robison was chairman of the University's Board of Fellows.
When the Teaneck campus was acquired, the first step was to create a library because nothing had been done in the minuscule Bergen Junior College library for ten years. Mrs. Althea Herald, the new librarian, worked miracles in creating a library from scratch in four months. Within a year, it required a whole new addition and within a few years, the campus needed an entirely new building, the Weiner Library. In the meantime, Mrs. Herald, got the Dental Library on its way and the library fro the Edward Williams College-five libraries in a ten-year period. It was a herculean task, but it was this type of loyal service that built the University.
The gymnasium in Teaneck which dates to Bergen Junior College days. It was a surplus property acquisition from the old Camp Shanks. Just as plans were under way to build a new gymnasium, the Twombly estate in Madison was bought in 1957 and all available funds had to be diverted to the new campus.
Immediately upon the acquisition of the Teaneck campus in 1954,Dr. Sammartino had a large sign made so that faculty, students and visitors could see what progress was being made. Red marking denoted the progress each week. Twenty-four building and renovation projects were set up. Rutherford faculty members rolled up their sleeves and went to work to bring the Teaneck campus up to standards-and all at no extra pay.
When we took over Teaneck, not all students were happy with the new order of things. Dr. Sammartino, with the help of Dr. Harry Sprague, then dean of the Graduate School, donned one of his suits of armor, appeared before the dissident students and said "I expect some brickbats; I'm all set for you." It soon began to dawn upon the students that Fairleigh Dickinson College was really their savior and that in 1953 when they had paid their tuition to Bergen Junior College, it was really to a bankrupt institution.
The first building to be built on the Teaneck campus by Fairleigh Dickinson College was William Hall named in honor of Edward T. T. Williams, first chairman of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Sammartino took a chance and rushed it through even before all the "i's" had been dotted in the merger agreement because there was no classroom building in Bergen Junior College as such. The few classrooms where were makeshift affairs around the gymnasium. He had a pond created and a member of the Board of Fellows, Richard Poor, of Standard Bleachery donated the swans. The swan was used as a motif in the coat-of-arms to denote Teaneck.
When Bergen Junior College in Teaneck was dissolved, and Fairleigh Dickinson College assumed its assets and liabilities, Dr Sammartino moved quickly to bring the two campuses together. Of the 300 old Bergen students, half had to be let go because of unsatisfactory entrance requirements or poor records. Most of those remains were put on probation. The Teaneck students were invited to Rutherford to meet with the students of that campus and the process of merging went along more or less amicably.
When Bergen Junior College in Teaneck became the Teaneck campus of Fairleigh Dickinson College, a solemn function was held to mark the acquisition. Leading are Dr. Walkter Head, who had been president of Bergen Junior College and who became the dean of the new admissions campus, and Dr. Sammartino. Following were the two deans: Dr. Albert Carpenter for Teaneck, Dr. Ray A. Miller dean at Rutherford. The basis was quickly established for each campus to be co-equal