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The hall is named in memory of Nettie Dunlap Wortham, Class of 1875. Mrs. Wortham, who was a trustee at the time of her death in 1939, left half of her large estate to Wesleyan's endowment in memorial to her husband, Henry M. Wortham.
In 1998 Wortham Hall was renovated, converting its original community bath layout into a suite-style residence hall. As an extension of Persons Hall, Wortham has an identical layout and includes forty-six rooms that can house ninety-two students comfortably. For the past several years the hall has housed first year students. The students benefit from extra academic and social programming to assist with their transition to Wesleyan College. Any community housed in Wortham has been caring, respectful, and animated. A strong community is a hallmark of Wortham Hall. With study sessions, targeted programming efforts, and all-night movie marathons, the residents become a close-knit class.