Famous alumni haunt dorms and student rentals

The 38th president of the United States, Gerald Ford (LSA, 1935), lived at 908 Monroe St. as a freshman, before moving to the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house at 1912 Geddes. (Courtesy of the Ann Arbor District Library)

Today’s dorm room was yesterday’s home for James Earl Jones, Gilda Radner, Sanjay Gupta and other notable alumni. There is no guarantee that fame comes with living in a space once occupied by Madonna (University Towers, Apt. 10A), Derek Jeter (5506 Couzens) or Lucy Liu (South Quad, 4809 Taylor). But it does make for a distinctive inheritance that shows anything is possible after leaving Ann Arbor.

— From “Madonna Slept Here” by Kaitlyn DelBene, at the U-M Heritage Project website, celebrating U-M’s 2017 bicentennial.


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