Built in 1965, Sharples Hall houses approximately 100 students in single-sex pods on three co-ed floors. It is located between Moll and Kapelski halls, all three of which face Memorial Field.
Each pod in Sharples Hall has its own private bathroom. There are also lounges and laundry facilities in this air-conditioned building.
- Approximate room dimensions are 15'8" x 11'2"
- Windows measure 6'0" x 4'0"
- Overhead lighting available
- Furniture: two beds, two desks, two chairs, two dressers, two armoires
- Connectivity: Campuswide WiFi, two Ethernet ports, and one cable television output
About Laurence Sharples
Engineer. PMC Trustee. Aviation enthusiast. Balloon racer. Made his first skydiving jump at the ripe old age of 71.
Laurence P. Sharples was born in 1891 to a prominent family and grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1912 with a B.S. in chemical engineering and served in World War I as a Tank Corps officer for the American Expeditionary Forces. After the war, he worked as an engineer at the Sharples-Milker Corporation. He became the president of Sharples-Milker in 1920. When the corporation split up, he served as vice president of the Sharples Corporation from 1932- 1962. Sharples held several patents for centrifugation processes and retired in 1962.
That same year, Sharples joined the Board of Trustees at PMC Colleges and became its chairman. As the chair of the foundation subcommittee, he played a key role in leading PMC's sesquicentennial campaign. Under Sharples leadership, the institution experienced tremendous growth and began admitting women. In recognition of his work on the board, Lawrence Sharples received the R. Kelso Carter award by the Alumni Association in 1968. He stepped down in 1972, but remained an honorary chairman from 1972- 1976.
Throughout his life, Sharples maintained a strong interest in aviation. He served as chairman of the aviation committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia and was on the board at the Franklin Institute from 1962- 1976. Sharples and four other Philadelphians co-founded the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in the late 1930's, and he was its chairman from 1940- 1974. Under his leadership, the AOPA grew to be the largest general aviation organization in the world. The organization honored Sharples with the creation if the L.P. Sharples Perpetual Award, to be given each year to a person who shows the ""same dedication to general aviation which had characterized the life of the founding chairman."
As a pilot, Sharples won the Doherty Cup air race in Florida in 1934, competed in international balloon races, and was the recipient of the Collier Award for prestigious achievement in airplane racing. At the age of 71, Sharples completed his first parachuting jump. He died on August 27, 1976 at the age of 85.