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Mann’s Rooftop Garden Named for Dean Susan Henry

By Ted Boscia

Mann's Rooftop Garden Named for Dean Susan Henry
Shai Eynav

Susan A. Henry speaks at the Mann Library terrace garden dedication held earlier this spring. Pictured (l–r): Robert R. Dyson, John S. Dyson, Dean Henry, and Peter Dyson. The Dyson brothers, along with several other alumni and friends, surprised Henry by naming the terrace garden for her. A plaque was unveiled during the formal dedication.

The rooftop garden on the southern end of Mann Library is now known as the Susan A. Henry Garden Terrace. In a ceremony in April, CALS alumni and friends dedicated the garden to Henry in honor of her significant contributions to Cornell.

Henry, who became the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 2000, says she was touched by the surprise unveiling of a plaque in her name.

Working with students in Peter Trowbridge’s landscape architecture class, John Dyson ’65, past chair of the CALS Advisory Council, and Janet McCue, former director of Mann Library, oversaw the beautification of the space—once an unsightly concrete expanse. The garden will be maintained by Nina Bassuk, professor of horticulture, and her students.

“Susan is a great gardener and a strong advocate for libraries,” says McCue, associate university librarian. “What better place to dedicate in her honor than the terrace adjacent to Mann Library, an environment that fosters intellectual exploration and nurtures community.”

Previously, Dyson provided a gift to name the library’s MacGregor Arcade and oversaw the creation of the Student Centennial Garden between Mann Library and Beebe Lake.

“CALS is grateful for John Dyson’s leadership on these many projects . . . and his larger vision to make the most of our natural environment and to establish living and working gardens that sustain us,” Henry says.

Dyson recruited numerous donors to establish an endowment for the garden terrace. They are Stephen B. ’62, MBA ’64 and Janice Ashley, David ’60 and Patricia Atkinson, Kathe Dyson, Peter and Barbara Dyson, Robert, MBA ’74 and Emilie Dyson, George ’60, MBA ’62, JD Law ’63, and Barbara Gellert, Lawrence ’66 and Jennifer Goichman, Susan Lynch, Janet McCue, and Robert ’60, and Audrey Tobin.