John D' Wolf entered Brown with the class of 1806 and later studied with Dr. Robert Hare of Philadelphia. He did not graduate with his class, but because he was close to completing his course of study, Brown awarded him an honorary A.M. degree in 1813, and appointed him professor of chemistry in 1817. In 1826, frustrated with the declining educational quality at Brown, turned to a member of the Corporation and wrote: "For Heaven's sake raise your requisitions - dismiss your schoolboy studies - give the whole course a more useful & practical bearing - and minutely inspect the proceedings of your officers, & make us all do our duty, or dismiss us."
He resigned from his position in 1827; a watershed year for Brown University. Upon recommendation of Brown's new president Francis Wayland, who sought to instill discipline among the student body, the Corporation voted in March 1827 that faculty members would be denied salary unless they resided in the college. The Medical School faculty, among them John D'Wolf, concluded that they were unable to reconcile this new requirement with the practical demands of their professional practice. The Medical School closed the same year.
The Brown University library's online exhibition "Education for Everybody: Brown's Innovation and Influence in Collegiate Education" features John D'Wolf among the "Brown leaders in education."
This painting is unsigned, and the name of the artist is unknown.
Created by: Linda Mac
Record added: May 29, 2011
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