1940-1949

The 1940s at Loyola were dominated by the war, which had a negative impact on enrollment. Because there were fewer men on campus, women played an increasingly important role, staffing The Maroon and The Wolf. After the war, the G.I. Bill brought an unprecedented surge in Loyola's enrollment and many more mature, highly motivated students. The university acquired war-surplus barracks to serve as classrooms, laboratories, and a cafeteria for the influx of new students. Many Loyola men were cited for bravery in service to their country, and the 51 who gave their lives were memorialized by a new library, which was begun in 1947 and dedicated in 1950. The university constructed other buildings, including one to house a new College of Business Administration, which was launched in 1947.

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