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New Oxford residence halls named for former admins

Oxford College's newest dorms were completed in 2008 and are now named Elizer Hall and Murdy Hall. Another dorm is under construction nearby and will be named Fleming Hall.

Oxford College's newest dorms were completed in 2008 and are now named Elizer Hall and Murdy Hall. Another dorm is under construction nearby and will be named Fleming Hall.

OXFORD -- Oxford College is naming its new residence halls in honor of three administrators who served Oxford over the past five decades.

Two existing structures, which were completed in 2008, are now named Elizer Hall and Murdy Hall, while a third residence hall under construction will be named Fleming Hall. The three residence halls make up its East Village residential complex, located on a site at the intersections of Emory Street with Hamill and Moore streets.

The two existing residence halls, which together house 350 students, have been known since their opening by the generic names Alpha and Beta. The former Alpha Hall, located at the intersection of Emory Street and Hamill Street, is now Elizer Hall, while the former Beta Hall, located at the intersection of Emory Street and Moore Street, is now Murdy Hall.

The names are in honor of Marshall Elizer, who served from 1946-78 in roles including lecturer in mathematics, director of student activities, and business manager; William Murdy, who served as dean from 1987-99 and professor of biology at Emory College from 1959 -87; and Bond Fleming, who served as Oxford College dean from 1966-76.

"These three individuals exemplify the best qualities of those who have shaped Oxford College," said Stephen Bowen, dean of Oxford College. "They were leaders in a transformative period in which Oxford College became what we know it as today. Women and minority students were welcomed and thrived, the educational model changed from a two-year standalone program to a four-year Oxford College/Emory College program, and a Ph.D-qualified faculty implemented higher educational standards."

Fleming, Elizer and Murdy remained as residents of the city of Oxford following their retirement.

Murdy lives near Oxford College and participates frequently in its cultural and academic life; he served on the Oxford city council from 2003-06 and was mayor of Oxford from 2006-07.

Fleming was active in local organizations such as the Oxford Historical Shrine Society and served on the Oxford College Board of Counselors until his death in 2009 at the age of 99. Elizer, who also died in 2009 at the age of 98, served as mayor of Oxford and was a member of the Newton County Planning Commission and chairman of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce. A founding member of the Oxford Historical Shrine Society, he along with Fleming was instrumental in the effort to restore Old Church and the Oxford Soldiers Cemetery.

Construction for Fleming Hall is set to begin by early August on the 206-bed facility, with completion expected in time for fall semester 2014.