Rhodes’ Halliburton Tower Sounds Across Campus for 50 Years
Publication Date: 11/30/2012
Every hour, the Halliburton Tower bell sounds across campus. The bell will chime 50 times at noon today in honor of the tower’s 50th birthday this year. The campus also will be treated to a special birthday dessert in the Catherine Burrow Refectory.
The Richard Halliburton Memorial Tower, dedicated in 1962, was the gift of Wesley and Nelle Halliburton of Memphis in memory their son and distinguished world traveler/author Richard Halliburton. The 140-foot tower houses a massive bronze bell—cast in France—that can be heard not only on campus but also in the surrounding neighborhood including the Memphis Zoo.
Considered a Memphis landmark, Halliburton Tower is the tallest building on campus and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dr. Charles E. Diehl—president of the college when it moved from Clarksville, Tenn., to Memphis in 1925—once said, “Appropriate and beautiful surroundings will have a transforming influence upon generation after generation of students and upon the very character of the institution itself. Beauty, like Truth and Goodness, needs but to be expressed.”
May Richard Halliburton Memorial Tower continue to remain one of Rhodes’ and Memphis’ most iconic buildings for generations to come.