Duke University is one of a handful of American universities that were privately founded by families with lots of money, who wanted to make a difference and leave a lasting legacy. Legacy is how you are remembered, in Duke's case the family is remembered as being committed to world class higher education - not the source of the money - tobacco.
The centerpiece of the campus, and symbol along with the Blue Devil is the chapel. Though it looks much older, construction started in 1930 and it was completed in 1932. It is a lot of stone to cut and set in two years.