Bertram J. Askwith (March 2 1911-June 1 2015 ) was journalism student at the U-M and an editor of the Michigan Daily during the Great Depression. He found himself-with many of his classmates-stranded in Ann Arbor by a strike of the New York Central Railroad. Sensing an opportunity, Askwith decided to rent a bus and sell tickets to his fellow students. It worked, so he continued the venture, which covered his U-M costs during the rest of his student days. After graduating in 1931, he went home to the New York City area and brought his new bus company, called Campus Coach Lines, with him.

Askwith's donations to the University funded the naming of Bert's Cafe, Bert's Study Lounge, and the Askwith Media Library, both housed in the UGLI.


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