This week in history (20 years ago)
The Ann and Robert H. Lurie Tower on North Campus was dedicated on Oct. 17, 1996, and was a gift to the School of Engineering from the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Family Foundation. The Lurie Tower Carillon has bells with a five-octave range, from a low G that weighs 11,850 pounds and nearly 7 feet in diameter to a high G that weighs 20 pounds and only 7 inches in diameter. The massive bourdon (largest) bell is the Robert H. Lurie Bell and the next six largest bells are inscribed with the names and birth dates of his and Ann Lurie’s six children. The Royal Eijsbouts bell foundry of Asten, The Netherlands, cast the bells. The tower was built to the design of alumnus and honorary degree recipient Charles Moore and Arthur Anderson. An anniversary celebration at Lurie Tower from 6-7 p.m. Thursday will feature a commemorative carillon performance, the Michigan Pops Orchestra and other entertainment.
— From the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the College of Engineering