Jane and Leland Stanford stop by to see how their university is faring

Leland and Jane Stanford
Leland and Jane Stanford stopped by Montag Hall and the Office of Undergraduate Admission. (Photo by Armanda Balsamo)

Stanford University’s founders, JANE and LELAND STANFORD stopped by campus yesterday, Oct. 31, to check on how their university is faring.

The Stanfords founded Stanford University in 1885 to memorialize their son, LELAND JR. and to “promote the public welfare by exercising an influence in behalf of humanity and civilization.” The Leland Stanford Junior University opened Oct. 1, 1891.

The two reportedly strolled throughout the arcades of the Main Quadrangle, posing for eager camera-wielding tourists. They also stopped by the Office of the President and Provost in Building 10, where they found the staff to be “quite gracious,” according to their hosts, DJ DULL-MACKENZIE, director of visitor relations, and BONNI ANN MONTEVECCHI, assistant director of visitor relations. They were, however, disappointed not to find DAVID STARR JORDAN, the Indiana University scholar they appointed as the university’s first president, in his office.

The two also visited the Stanford Alumni Association and Montag Hall, home to Undergraduate Admission.

Ever the pranksters, Dull-Mackenzie said the Stanfords tracked down a few Visitor Center walking tours, waiting until just the right moment in the discussion of Stanford’s history to surprise the backward-walking tour guides with their presence.

Dull-MacKenzie said the Stanfords found that “very fun.”