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Not exactly on campus, but nearby if you like to go for walks.
Here's the image as it appeared in the Fall 2015 Archives newsletter

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Let's pull back a bit to see the entire monument

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By now you can probably figure out that this is a cemetery monument. It's actually the Syracuse University lot in Oakwood Cemetery next to campus.

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This was originally the cemetery lot for the House of Good Shepherd which became the Hospital of the Good Shepherd on Marshall St. (now Syracuse University's Huntington Hall). SU took over the hospital in 1915 and with that came responsibility for the cemetery lot as well. The lot was part of Morningside Cemetery which eventually merged with Oakwood Cemetery.

The lot is located in Section 51, lots 56 to 62, not too far behind the main cemetery office on Comstock Ave. The overall lot is 252 sq. ft. in size and consists of a central cross-shaped shaft with more than a dozen small monuments behind and to its left and right. Some stones as you will see below are very easily identified. Others are worn away by time or had little identifying marks on them.

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Twenty-two individuals have been buried in this lot. The earliest was in 1886 and the most recent in 1941. Some were connected with Syracuse University.

Belle Louise Brewster was a singer, choral director, and a member of the voice department in the College of Fine Arts. She died unexpectedly in Canada and was buried in the lot on June 23, 1933.

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On May 28, 1941, Peter Nien was buried. Notes in the Archives refer to him as a "Chinese boy," but he was in reality a 33-year-old, married, visiting intern connected to SU's College of Medicine. Newspaper accounts state he was found dead in his bed, and indicate his body was to be sent back to Chungking, China for burial, but that obviously did not happen.

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The most recognizable name to us in the Archives is that of Irene Sargent who was buried September 16, 1932. She was a professor in the College of Fine Arts and an important spokeswoman for the Arts and Crafts movement. Archives holds the Irene Sargent Collection.

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Others buried include Jane Lockwood, 90, in 1907, a former nurse at the Hospital of the Good Shepherd, who donated money to the Hospital and was given a private room where she spent the last 15 years of her life; Lewis Homer Vader, a 22-year-old who died at the Hospital in 1903; an infant named Winslow who was buried in May of 1902; and Augustus H. Rouse, 26, who was the first to be buried back in 1886.

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