Rosenberg ’52, L.H.D. ’02, Funds Gubernatorial Desk Made from Storm-Toppled 460-Year-Old Tree – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Rosenberg ’52, L.H.D. ’02, Funds Gubernatorial Desk Made from Storm-Toppled 460-Year-Old Tree

The Wye Oak, named for the community of Wye Mills, Md., is said to be the largest and oldest white oak in the nation. On June 6, 2002, a storm took down the tree, which had stood 96 feet, with a crown that covered a third of an acre on Maryland's Eastern Shore, according to the Nov. 19 Washington Post article “Rebirth of the Noble Wye Oak.” The story said after the storm, bundles of Wye Oak wood were cut and handed out to artists and craftspeople across the state. The gubernatorial desk, which cost $25,000 to build, was controversial and ultimately funded by Colleges' Trustee Henry Rosenberg ’52, L.H.D. ’02. He and the Maryland governor unveiled the desk in a ceremony Nov. 18.