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Payne Whitney Gym Oak

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Payne Whitney Gym Oak 

This massive oak tree (Quercus coccinea) grew in the courtyard between the Morse and Stiles Colleges.  Anyone who walked between Morse and Stiles Colleges on their way to the Payne Whitney gym walked under the shade of this tree.  Great effort was made to keep this tree alive during the renovations of the Colleges, but it fell victim to root damage and began dropping its limbs.  It had to finally be removed as part of the Morse College renovation in 2010.  Three benches made from the wood of this tree were installed in Stiles College in September 2011 by the company City Bench.