Boettner Hall

Constructed in 1991, Boettner Hall was designed to provide standard university housing with slightly larger rooms. Located on 15th Street between Providence Avenue and Walnut Street, the co-ed, air-conditioned building accommodates about 60 students in double-rooms on three floors.

The building features lounges, laundry facilities, and community bathrooms.

Room Details

  • Approximate room dimensions are 11'7" x 17'6"
  • Windows measure 5'8" x 3'6"
  • Wall lighting fixtures
  • Furniture: two beds, two desks, two chairs, one dresser, and two armoires
  • Connectivity: Campuswide WiFi, two Ethernet ports, and one cable television output
  • Furniture and room layout may vary.

About Joseph Boettner


Joseph Emery Boettner was born and raised in Philadelphia. He graduated from West Philadelphia High School and attended the Evening School of Accounts and Balances at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1934, Boettner completed a course of study at American College of Life Underwriters in Bryn Mawr and received his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation. Boettner worked in the life insurance business since 1922 and in 1951 he joined Philadelphia Life Insurance Company as Superintendent of Agencies. The next year he was elected Vice President as well as Superintendent of Agencies.

In 1956, Boettner became executive vice president and in 1957 he was elected president of the Philadelphia Life Insurance Company. He served on the boards at Temple University and American College, which later honored Boettner for his work. In 1966, Temple University established a chair in life insurance named after Boettner. In 1986, American College created the Boettner Institute of Financial Gerontology. In January 1975 Widener College elected Boettner to serve on its Board of Trustees. Boettner established the Chair of Financial Gerontology at Widener University to develop the interdisciplinary coursework necessary to apply the findings of the Institute of Financial Gerontology to everyday life. In 1980, Widener presented Boettner with an honorary degree in commercial sciences. Boettner died on October 27, 1994.