Iconic Hepner Hall at San Diego State University. Photo by Chris Jennewein

San Diego State University Tuesday renamed its Education and Business Administration Building as Lamden Hall in honor of the late Charles W. Lamden, a former accounting department chair and business dean, and his wife, Gertrude “Trudy” Lamden.

“Charles W. Lamden served as a mentor to hundreds of San Diego State University students and colleagues over a period of 45 years,” said SDSU President Adela de la Torre and Adrienne D. Vargas, vice president for university relations and development, in a joint statement.

“Lamden Hall serves to both recognize and preserve the memory, legacy and many philanthropic contributions the Lamden family made in service to the university.

“The naming also recognizes the many contributions Charles W. Lamden made to his field, his students and to higher education,” the statement read.

The university is planning a celebration on Nov. 17 to be held in honor of Lamden, and to celebrate the renaming of the building.

Lamden received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from UCLA and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. After working at the San Diego accounting firm Everts and Esenoff, Lamden began his academic career as a lecturer in 1946 at what was then San Diego State College, serving in a variety of capacities as chairman and dean.

From 1954 to 1965, he served as the first dean of the School of Business Administration, which has evolved into the Fowler College of Business. During his tenure, Lamden was a strong proponent of improving the training of students into the profession, and he was credited along with associate professor Glenn Hodge with achieving accreditation for the school in 1959.

In 1965, Lamden took a leave of absence to serve first as a senior partner for KPMG in its office in Paris, France, then as an executive in its New York office. The Lamdens returned to San Diego in 1975, and Charles W. Lamden returned to teaching in 1977, remaining with SDSU until retiring in 1991 as the last of the ’40s-era teachers.

“It is our honor to preserve the philanthropic contributions and his legacy of Charles W. Lamden with a building naming, which is both a significant and rare occurrence,” the university officials said in their statement.

“The contributions Charles and Gertrude “Trudy” Lamden made in life are with us Tuesday, and will be for future generations.

–City News Service

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