Rollo May House, 202 Collingwood (c. 1922)
Rollo May House, November 2003. Photo Credit: Kevin S. Forsyth.
Rollo May (1909–1994) is considered by some to be one of the most influential American existential psychoanalysts of the twentieth century. However, the college did not have anywhere near as high regard for him during the brief period that he resided in this house. As an undergraduate at M.S.C. (1926–1928), “he created and co-edited a crusading weekly news sheet, The Student, in which he excoriated his fellow students for conformity and celebrated men who defied convention in the cause of Truth. When his fellow editor accused the state Agricultural Commissioner of financial improprieties and the Michigan State administration punished the crusading editors, Rollo transferred to Oberlin College” in Ohio.[AHP] (Not surprisingly, during the 1992 research no mention of May or his deeds could be found in East Lansing historical documents.)