On April 17th, 1945 the charter for Thomas Jefferson College was granted by the State of Illinois. The school was renamed Roosevelt College after the death of Franklin Roosevelt and on April 24th, Central YMCA College President Edward Sparling and most of the faculty and staff resigned en masse in objection to quotas that would limit admissions to African-Americans, Jews, Women, etc. A large percentage of the students signed a letter of support soon after. Roosevelt College held it's first classes in September 1945.
Meeting of faculty and staff of Roosevelt University including Edward Sparling, Marjorie Keenleyside, Harland Allen, Samuel Specthrie, Saul Dorfman, Joseph Creanza, Arthur Hillman, Lowell Huelster, Carlisle Bloxom, Edward Chandler, Thomas Hart, Wayne A.R. Leys, Warren Cortelyou, Emanuel Merdinger, Otto Wirth, Edward Robbins, Frank Untermyer, [?] Kaplan, Rolf Weil, Kendall Taft, Richard Hooker, Sale Pontius, Herman Bowersox, Henry Johnson, Millard Everett, Emery Balduf, G.D. Gore, Jacob Hirning, Benedict Mayer, Robert Runo, Hans Tischler, Margaret Williams, Estelle DeLacy, Conroy Lawson, and Gustav Dunkelberger, 1945. Photographer unknown.