Congratulations to Professor Dominique Bergmann who has been appointed to the Shirley R. and Leonard W. Ely, Jr. Professorship in Humanities and Sciences. Leonard Ely’s grandfather, Ray Lyman Wilbur, entered Stanford as a freshman in 1892, the second year of the University’s existence. In 1916, at age 44, he became Stanford’s third president, a position he held for twenty-six years until his appointment as chancellor in 1942. He was chancellor when his grandson, Leonard Ely, entered Stanford in 1946. Leonard’s father, Dr. Leonard Ely, was the first professor of orthopedics at Stanford Medical School, where he taught from 1919 to 1938.
Leonard received an AB in economics from Stanford in 1948 and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1950. The Elys have two children, Leonard Ely III and Margaret Pringle, who earned her master’s degree at Stanford in 1977. In 1971, the Board of Trustees established the Ray Lyman Wilbur Professorship in Social Science. It is fitting that the Ely professorship, established in 1986, helps maintain the excellence that characterizes the faculty during Chancellor Wilbur’s and the Elys’ century of association with the university.