Troy H. Middleton
Born October 12, 1889 Died October 9, 1976
in Georgetown, Mississippi in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Troy H. Middleton was a distinguished soldier and educator whose
remarkable dual career was such that it was difficult sometimes to separate
one role from the other. "The General" once said, "the most rewarding
days of my life were spent in education - both in the military and out."
After serving in World War I as a regimental commander and the
youngest colonel in the U.S. Army, Middleton devoted more than a decade
to teaching at various military institutions. At one time during World
War II every corps commander in Europe had been a student under
Middleton at the Command and General Staff School. His best-known
former student was Dwight D. Eisenhower.
He entered the Army as a private in 1910 after graduating from
Mississippi A&M College and was a Lt. General and VIII Corps Commander
in Europe at the end of World War II. In July 1930 he was assigned
by the Army to LSU's ROTC unit as Commandant. He stayed at
LSU, with time out for military service in World War II, and
served in six administrative positions, including 11 years as President.
He retired in 1962.
The LSU Board of Supervisors, on November 3, 1978, named this
structure the "Troy H. Middleton Library." In so doing the Board
noted: "..... of his many outstanding accomplishments as President
he was most proud of the construction of a long-needed new
library building, the dedication of which on October 23, 1959, launched
the observance of the University's Centennial."