At Rhodes, if you overhear someone say they are “going to 91,” they aren’t actually speaking in code. The President’s Home at 91 Morningside Drive not only houses the college president, but also historically has served as a popular site for large student, alumni, faculty, and staff gatherings and celebrations.
Three presidents have called 91 Morningside home. The first to occupy the residence was Dr. James H. Daughdrill, Jr. and his wife, Libby. In 1999, Dr. William E. Troutt and his wife, Carole, moved into the home. In June 2017, Rhodes’ 20th president, Dr. Marjorie Hass, and her husband, Dr. Lawrence Hass, moved into Morningside to begin President Hass’ tenure at the college.
In 2017, much-needed renovations were also begun to attend to deferred maintenance and to complete necessary updates. Built in the 1930s, the President’s Home had been largely untouched, in part due to the active schedule of events that take place there. Both Dr. Daughdrill and Dr. Troutt hosted numerous alumni receptions at Morningside, and the Troutts hosted holiday and Mardi Gras parties for staff and faculty. A new tradition of hosting a reception for the first-year class during Welcome Week, the week prior to the start of fall semester set aside for the incoming class, began with the Troutts. In true Memphis-style, the reception featured a visit by an Elvis impersonator, who posed for photos with the new class members. The Class of 2020 attended a series of receptions at the home during the 2017 fall semester geared toward the college’s new First-Year Experience program. As Dr. Hass begins her presidency at Rhodes, 91 Morningside will continue to fulfill an important role in the life of the Rhodes community.