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John Milton Gregory: the University’s father

John Milton Gregory's grave is placed between Altgeld Hall and the David Dodds Henry Administration Building. Several other University presidents are also buried on campus, including Burrill.

By Josh Cain

November 11, 2014

While students may know of Alma Mater, the University’s maternal figure, the University’s “father” does not receive as much attention. The University’s founding father and first president, John Milton Gregory, was born in upstate New York on July 6, 1822, to a working-class family. Hard-work...

Dairy farm cow continues the tradition of Illini Nellie family

Nellie and the other five living members of the Illini Nellie family line stand outside on the Illinois Dairy Farm on April 13. 

By Annabeth Carlson

April 21, 2014

A marked boulder lies on the lawn of the University’s Purebred Dairy Barn. Most days, hundreds of pedestrians and commuters unknowingly pass by the stone outside the Illinois Dairy Farm. But when a Brown Swiss cow posed next to it for a picture on April 13, she was standing beside the gravestone of ...