In February 2006, the College of Architecture’s Technical
Reference Center (TRC) received a collection of books from retired
professor, Jac de Jong. He donated 21 boxes including 424 books,
23 journals and 22 miscellaneous pamphlets.
de Jong joined the College of Architecture faculty in 1978
and over 18 years taught more than 25 different courses in
urban planning, environmental design and construction science.
He also served as coordinator of the graduate program in construction
science — the job, he said, he enjoyed most.
in 1996, when his wife became ill and passed away. An illness
has since robbed de Jong of his sight. In a telephone
conversation Thursday, the retired professor said he would
be making additional donations to both the colleges of architecture
After separating what we need for our collection, about one-third
of the donated material will be presented to Evans Library,” said
Paula Bender, coordinator of learning resources at the TRC. “They
too are appreciative of Dr. de Jong’s gift. We are preparing
an itemized acknowledgement for him now.”