North Central College - Naperville, IL

The Legacy of Dr. Albert Goldspohn

As the flourishing young campus of North-Western College needed more space, President H. J. Kiekhoefer (1889-1910) pushed for the building of a new science hall. In his 1899-1900 report to the Board of Trustees, Kiekhoefer recognized the need for a “special building for the study of science.”

His appeals were first answered by the area church conferences, but by May 1903, only $1,438 had been raised. The science hall finally became a reality when Dr. Albert Goldspohn,

Class of 1875, stepped forward in 1905 with a gift of $25,000. The contribution was key to paving the way for Andrew Carnegie’s gift to build a library. Both buildings were completed in 1908, along with the Boilerhouse.

After graduating from North-Western, Goldspohn went to Rush Medical College in Chicago and continued his studies in Germany. He returned to Chicago and established himself as an “outstanding surgeon,” according to his obituary in 1929. At the time of his gift, he was surgeon-in-chief of the Evangelical Deaconess Hospital in Chicago. He won international recognition for devising and improving a technique for abdominal surgery and was a frequent contributor to medical journals.

The announcement of Dr. Goldspohn’s gift was widely celebrated on campus and a banner suspended between the chandeliers in the chapel said “Rah! Rah! Rah! Goldspohn!”

North Central Now Spring 2011