The Men of DU

The “treasure trove” of treasure troves was undoubtedly the biographical information of alumni kept by generations of brothers. Apparently, as bits of information about the lives of DUs made its way back to Ithaca, brothers or alumni recorded them in hard-bound, legal-size books. We don’t know who made the entries. More than a handful of amazing discoveries were made — chapter history that had long been forgotten.

In the documents below you will find the answers to these questions:

  • Who helped write Cornell’s alma mater, perhaps one of the most recognizable and copied alma maters?
  • Which campus buildings were named after Cornell DUs?
  • Who was one of the most successful and respected builders in the history of New York?
  • Which Cornell DU was the seventh president of Indiana University and the first president of Stanford?
  • Who was the second president of Stanford?
Otto M. Eidlitz '81 / Builder, DU Benefactor and Community Leader

Otto M. Eidlitz '81 / Builder, DU Benefactor and Community Leader

Brother Eidlitz, his brother and his father were prominent builders in New York City around the turn of the centruy. Their company built many distinguished buildings, including the Lord & Taylor and B. Altman buildings on NY's Fifth Avenue, Metropolitan Opera House, Yale Club, NY Yacht Club, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical School, Presbyterian Hospital, and Hotel St. Regis.

For a history of Marc Eidlitz & Sons, visit: