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Joseph P. Carey Residence Hall


Opened Spring 1970
Cost: $1.43 million
Capacity: 336

Carey Hall was the first co-ed residence hall on campus. It had four floors of men and three of women. The first women to move in were refugees from the first Ronan Hall, which was torn down shortly before Carey opened. The hall was co-ed in when it opened in the spring of 1970, housed only men from 1971-1973 and 1976-1978, and became co-ed permanently after 1978. The hall opened with a capacity of 336.

JosephCarey.JPGCarey Hall was named for the head of the Geography Department from 1944 to 1956. Joseph Carey was born on January 4, 1886 in Isabella County. In 1911, he completed a two-year course at Central, then received his Bachelor of Science in 1915 at the University of Chicago. He taught school at St. Johns in Bay City, in Spokane, Washington, and in Isabella County. He left the area in 1916 to teach Geography at Eastern Illinois University, then returned to Mt. Pleasant in 1919 to run the Chatterton Elevator Company.

In 1925, he joined the faculty of Central as an assistant professor of Geography. He was head of the short-lived Aeronautics Department in 1943, then became head of Geography in 1944. He also chaired the Faculty Athletic Committee for twenty years. He also found time to return to the University of Chicago for his Master of Sciences in 1932.

Carey was the president of the Mt. Pleasant Board of Education, the chair of the City Planning Commission, and the executive secretary of the Michigan Oil and Gas Expo. He and his wife, Ida, had two sons and two daughters. He died in 1968.