I like John Deans. He taught when I went to JCC and was always a gentleman and kind person.
Colleges have changed over the years and I don't even know what a 'collaborative learning center' is, but I figure it's sort of like a library only more high tech.
Naming things is always tricky. Sometimes you sell the name, other times you name things after someone well liked or respected.
In this area, we like to name things after hired, professional administrators. The Warren Fargo Educational Complex or the Charles Bohlen BOCES come to mind. Schools are named after superintendents.
But we don't name things after some types of paid management like county administrators or city managers. Our Library is named after a former Governor who has a statue, but neither of those honors would be handed out today. Local yokel elected officials are not used as monikers as that would be inappropriate as it be would for federal or state elected officials.
The Dulles Building is named after a couple of Cold War icons, but most people know the edifice as just the State Office Building, or SOB.
Major national historic figures used to be in vogue. Sherman School was named after the march-to-the-sea Civil War general. Starbuck was a State Senator I believe, but it was a long time ago.
We have some streets named after Mayors, and a sewage plant named for William Field, or at least the road going to it is. We named a street Line Drive a few years back, as a person could not be agreed on.
We are talking about naming the Arena, but don't look for that to happen soon and we did name Western Boulevard but haven't built it.
Of course, some community founders like Coffeen and Butterfield were honored, and some states got streets named after them. There is a paper street named Pennsylvania Avenue.
There are some things like Dimmick or Wealtha I have no idea who they are named for, and we are still waiting for names for the regional landfill, the water plant or the hydro plant, although the turbines are named Faith, Hope and Charity.
Dead Presidents are out although some may recall Jefferson was a two term President before becoming a county. .
Watertown Daily Times | New JCC Learning Center will be named after college’s third president