Following my last post, I was surprised to receive an email in my inbox from a featured player in the story of Professors Row!
Here it is:
Sorry for the confusion. There’s only one professor who lives on that street. All the rest of the homes are fraternity and sorority houses with the occasional dorm. Sorry for bailing out on you. TUPD tends to get a bit odd during the summer and I was already late for a business dinner. I hope you didn’t get into too much trouble.
Hey, for the record, I called you Guy in the story, not Bald Guy. :-)
So, apparently there’s only one professor living on Professors Row. In that case, would that change the placement of the apostrophe?
Does this row belong to one professor? Is this one professor’s row? If that’s the case, then the street should be called Professor’s Row, not Professors’ Row, and definitely not Professors Row.
If that’s the case, then it is more than certain that Professors Row is an incorrect term.
However, I doubt that the street was named with the intention of it belonging to one professor. To be perfectly frank, I don’t feel like researching this, so is there a Tufts scholar out there? Is there anyone who knows the history of the street?
This is just a guess, but I would think that the street was named after multiple professors, it historically being a place where professors lived, back in the day when all professors lived on campus.
In that case, Professors’ Row would be correct.
Either way, they could have simplified things by simply titling it Professor Row. That could indicate one or many professors.
I need someone to check on this. Was the street originally in place for many professors, or has it always been home to one professor, guarding over the fraternities?