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EKU Institutional History

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The Institutional History projects consist of interviews with Eastern Kentucky University alumni, faculty and staff. Alumni discuss their personal and family histories, their careers, their student days, the university, its clubs and organizations, and the changes it has experienced over the years.

Former faculty and staff discuss their personal and family histories, their careers at Eastern, the curriculum, the faculty and students, the university, and the changes it has undergone.

Items in the EKU Institutional History Project

Dr. Taylor taught Chemistry at EKU and served as a Faculty Regent. He was very involved in the process of selecting a new president upon President Martin's retirement announcement.

In this interview Dr. Edwards explained the formation of Central University and the Civil War controversy between the Presbyterian church of the North and South. Dr. Edwards also comments on the merger of Central University and Centre College. In…

In this interview, Miss. Hood discusses the conditions of the physical education program and facilities of EKU when she arrived in 1930s. She explains the impacts that the Great Depression, and WWII had on social and campus life. She also comments on…

In this interview, Charles "Turkey" Hughes discusses the athletics department and the supportive attitude it received from EKU's presidents. He felt the professors in the physical education department were outstanding. Hughes also discusses the…

Dr. Berge was the Director of the Eastern Kentucky Oral History Center. In this interview, recorded shortly after the center launched, Berge explains the purpose and rationale behind the somewhat controversial center. He also comments on existing and…

In this interview, Helen Perry, Kentucky native, describes working at EKU as the Registrar Office secretary. She provides details of her social, and business life, and discusses her friends, co-workers and employers.

In this interview, Mary Baldwin, a Richmond Kentucky native, describes being a teacher in Kentucky and Ohio. Baldwin recalls the different places she had lived and the various subjects she taught. She also discusses her fellow EKU teachers, students,…

Mrs. Nancy Miller, a Tennessee native, came to EKU in 1930 to teach in the English Department. She would later work in the library, where she created the Learning Resource Center. Miller recalls her relationships with co-workers, students, and…

In this interview, which is actually a lecture for the EKU Mass Communication Department, Allison relates his experiences in the radio business. He expresses his opinions on what makes for a good radio station, the corresponding work demands, and…

Dr. Howard taught in the public school system prior to receiving her Masters and PhD degree from the University of Kentucky. She taught math and physics and later came to EKU's Math Department, where she taught until her retirement. In this…

In this interview, Dr. Smith Park recollects growing up in Madison County Kentucky. Park earned his PhD from University of Kentucky and began teaching at EKU in the Math and Physics Departments. He became an EKU dean, a role he comments on during the…

CHarles "Turkey" Hughes, a Kentucky native, was a prominent coach and teacher in the EKU Physical Education department during the 1930s and 1940s. In this interview, Hughes discusses athletes at both UK and EKU. Hughes also discusses how the Great…

Dr. Smith Park, a Madison County, Kentucky native, was the longtime chairman of the Math Department at EKU. He was also a former University Dean. Park discusses past EKU Presidents and the campus layout in this interview.

Charles True discusses his family history, and explains his reasons for going to college throughout this interview. He also details his collegiate football career, Bear Bryant and other UK players. The interview comments extensively on campus life…

Dr. R. R. Richards, a Russell County, Kentucky native, was a professor of accounting at EKU. In this interview, Richards discusses his family history, and early life in Russell County. Dr. Richards also comments on his teachers and educational…

Dr. R. R. Richards, a Russell County, Kentucky native, was a professor of accounting at EKU. In this interview, Richards recalls his WWII service and his duties during the war. He also discusses his EKU education, the EKU business school, and various…

In this interview Donald Daly, a Covington KY native, details his early interest in football and the Eastern coaches who influenced his choosing to attend EKU over Western Kentucky University. He remembers several teachers and explains why he…

In this interview, Dr. R. R. Richards, a Russell County, Kentucky native, comments on various EKU presidents. He also discusses the conditions and salaries at EKU and his relationship with Eastern since his retirement . In addition, there is a…

This interview with Charles "Turkey" Hughes is on his athletic career at the University of Kentucky. He was a prominent coach and teacher in the Physical Education Department at EKU in the 1930s and 1940s.

Dr. Moore graduated from EKU and University of Kentucky. He served in many capacities, both political and academic, such as state representative, professor and Dean of Faculty at EKU. He was also Commissioner of Finance of KY, and a teacher and…

Mary Richards, a Madison County, Kentucky native, taught geography at EKU. She also served as secretary for the Alumni-Association. In this interview, Richards reflects on her family and education, and the problems she encountered while attending…

Mary Richards, a Madison County, Kentucky native,. taught georgraphy at EKU and also served as secretary for the Alumni-Association. In this interview Richards comments on her education, social events and her first ride in an automobile. She also…

Glenn Presnell was an All American Football player at Nebraska, and an All Pro running back with the National Football League's Ironton, Portsmouth, and Detroit franchises. He joined EKU's football coaching staff in 1947, where he eventually becoming…

Glenn Presnell was an All American Football player at Nebraska, and an All Pro running back with the National Football League's Ironton, Portsmouth, and Detroit franchises. He joined EKU's football coaching staff in 1947, where he eventually became…

Dr. Paul L. Seyfrit was an Assistant EKU Psychology Professor and Dean of Men in the late 1960s. In this interview, Seyfrit discusses the growth and changes to the University since 1965.

Dr. Ned Warren was the Dean of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics at EKU. In this interview, Dr. Warren discusses the progress of the sports program at EKU since he arrived in 1967.

In this interview, Mrs. Carrie Potts Ault, widow of W.A. Ault the Superintendent of Maintenance at EKU from 1922-1957, recalls her years at EKU, the city of Richmond and what is was like to raise children on EKU's campus.

Rome Rankin was a football coach for EKU. In this interview, Rankin discusses his enjoyment for History, English, and contact sports. Rankin played football, basketball and baseball in college, and professional football at the same time he played…

This interview with Arthur Lloyd, is part one of seven recordings. Lloyd discusses growing up in Western Kentucky, his parents teaching careers, and the advantages his education provided in the interview.

This interview with Arthur Lloyd is part two of seven recordings. In this interview, Lloyd discusses the violence in the Western Kentucky coal mines in 1919, and his path to becoming a school principal in Webster County at the age of 18.

This interview with Arthur Lloyd is part three of seven recordings. Lloyd continues discussing Vanderbilt University, his relationship with Frank Owsley, and his experiences while residing in the President's house. These two experiences for him were…

This interview with Arthur Lloyd is part four of seven recordings. In this interview, Lloyd discusses working at Morehead with the possibility of being fired by a board member for supporting the opposition candidate for circuit judge. With Happy…

This interview with Arthur Lloyd is part five of seven recordings. In this interview, Lloyd continues the discussion of factional developments within the Democratic Party. In particular, he recalls the controversy between Governor A.B. "Happy"…

This interview with Arthur Lloyd is part six of seven recordings. In this interview, Lloyd continues discussing his Pentagon work. He comments on the termination of the Army Specialized Training Program which ended when the war became too intense and…

This interview with Arthur Lloyd is part seven of seven recordings. In this interview Lloyd continues with his military career. He also comments on assisting Earl Clements' campaign race. He recalls his experiences as the Commissioner of Welfare and…

In this interview, Rome Rankin discusses his years as an EKU Faculty member and the development of EKU's athletic program. Rankin was hired by President Donovan to develop a winning football team. Rankin reflects on his coaching methods, recruitment…

In this interview, Martha Davidson, a former president of EKU Women, discusses her family and the education she received while growing up in North Carolina. She also details how she was married with one child when she began working for the EKU Home…

Mrs. Ellison discusses her family and their educational background in this interview. Her father, C. C. Weber, and her brother designed some EKU buildings and the Governor's Mansion. Ellison also describes her family members appearances and…

Jack Callender is a retired EKU English teacher. In this interview he described high school, college and being a minister. Callender arrived to EKU in 1965. He taught freshmen and sophomores, was an advisor to foreign students, and assistant to Dean…

Nellie Earle Ballou is the widow of Fred Ballou, EKU's former bookstore manager. She reflects on campus life, her employment with the university, and past EKU presidents. She also recalls her family life and retirement.

Mary Gould graduated from EKU in 1937. She became a missionary and spent 29 years in China and Thailand. In this interview, Gould discusses her years at EKU and her life as a missionary.

Bently Hilton is a retired faculty member of EKU. He was a native of Rockcastle County, Kentucky, veteran of World War II and a graduate of EKU. In this interview Hilton discussed his teaching career, and the strengths of EKU.

Thelma Whitlock, a Kentucky native, discusses her education, her teaching career and the successful Model Lab School program. In this interview Whitlock discussed her education and the successful program at Model Lab. She felt it was due to…

A. L. Whitt, a Crittenden County native, came to EKU in 1948 as a professor of Biology and remained such until his retirement in 1982. In this interview he recalls the early years he spent at EKU and the changes that took place during his thirty-four…

A. L. Whitt was born in Crittenden County, Kentucky. He came to EKU in 1948 as a professor of Biology and remained until his retirement in 1982. In this interview, Whitt continues his discussion over his time at EKU and the changes that took place…

J.W. "Spider" Thurman was born in 1917 in Rhea County, Tennessee. He moved to Benham, a coal mining camp in Harlan County, Kentucky, when he was seven years old. In this interview, Thurman comments on coal camp life, his years in Kentucky Athletics…

J.W. "Spider" Thurman was born in 1917 in Rhea County, Tennessee. He moved to Benham, a coal mining camp in Harlan County, Kentucky. In this interview, he recalls his military experiences and his duties as a physical education officer in the Air…

Dr. J.C. Powell retired as president of EKU in December, 1984. In this interview, Dr. Powell recalls his military service and his time at the University of Kentucky. He also comments on his years of teaching, and his State Department work.

Dr. J.C. Powell retired as president of EKU in 1984. In this interview Dr. Powell recalls the buildings that were built and the condition of the existing buildings in the early 1960s. He also describes the needs of the campus, such as new dorms,…

Henry Franklin Pryse, a Kentucky native, served as the Director of Community School Relations and the Placement Director at EKU. In this interview, he recalls his early life, education, and US Army and Air Force service record. He also discusses his…

Henry Franklin Pryse, a Kentucky native, served in many recruiting positions at EKU. In this interview, he recalls his many experiences on the campus and his recruiting methods. He also discusses the problems he encountered with staff concerning…

Henry Pryse is a Kentucky native. He served in many positions in recruiting at EKU from 1959-1985. In this interview he recalls various people he has worked with on campus and trips taken with Dr. Robert Martin.

Mabel Criswell is a Kentucky native. She attended EKU and worked for EKU as Director of Housing. In this interview she reflects campus life as a student, changes that occurred, and being employed by EKU.

Fred Brizendine is a EKU faculty member. He taught Social Science upon his arrival in 1963. In this interview, he discussed his early life, going into the Air Force and his education at Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky State College. He discussed his…

Leon Rottersman is a native of New York. He taught psychology at EKU for several years. In this interview, he discussed early experiences in New York, military service in World War II, and his education. He discussed going into teaching and doctoral…

Ivol Parker is a native of Kentucky. A graduate of Berea College, Columbia University, and the University of Louisville where she received her PhD. Parker taught at EKU in the English Department from 1977 until her retirement in 1984. This interview…

Donald Smith is a veteran of World War II and the Vietnam conflict. He was commissioned in the US Army and retired in 1964 with the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Military Police Corps. He obtained bachelor's and master's degrees from EKU and…

This interview with Robert Hungarland is part one of three part series. Part one is omitting his World War II service so as to be included in parts two and part three. Hungarland, a Arkansas native, obtained his MBA degree and decided to enter…

This interview with Robert Hungarland is part two of a three part series. Hungarland, an Arkansas native, entered the Army Signal Corps in 1942. In this interview he reflects on the training he received and his decision to volunteer for hazardous…

This interview with Robert Hungarland is part three of a three part series. Hungarland continues to describe his military service during World War II in this interview. He discusses his travels to Calcutta, India to join OSS communication units…

Dixie Mylum, a Kentucky native, joined EKU's faculty in 1965 and taught in the Department of Social Science until her retirement in 1984. Mylum was instrumental in the development of the department's curriculum and served the university for four…

Dr. Smith Park is a native of Madison County, Kentucky. Park was a faculty member of EKU for over forty years in Mathematics. In this interview he discussed living on a farm which was taken over as part of Blue Grass Army Depot in the early 1940s.

Fred E. Darling was an EKU faculty member, track coach, supervisor of the athletic tower, assistant dean of men, and the intermural sports director. In this interview, Darling details his career and the reason why he voluntarily ended his coaching…

Dean and Grace Gatwood married in 1940 and came to EKU in 1947. Mrs. Gatwood worked as a secretary and an Administrator in Central University College, before becoming an art professor at EKU. In this interview, Mr. Gatwood comments on some designs he…

Milos Sebor, a Zbiroh, Austria native, became Professor of Geography at EKU in 1968. In this interview Sebor reflects on the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, and various aspects of WWII and Europe.

In this interview, Fredric Ogden, a New York native who came from a dairy farm background, discusses a certified position in Maryland, his marriage, and his military service. Ogden came to EKU in 1961, to serve as Political Science Department Chair.

Alfred S. Portwood attended UK and played football, before he came to coach at EKU. In this interview, he comments on various sports cultures, including football, basketball, baseball, and tennis, and the players he coached. He also discusses his EKU…

In this interview, Kelly and Mary John Thurman both discuss the Great Depression, the WPA and other Government Programs. They came to EKU in 1966 where Mr. Thurman taught and Mrs. Thurman worked at the library. They felt students had changed over the…

Rodney and Viola Gross both discussed their educational backgrounds in this interview. Mrs. Gross was from Danville KY and Mr. Gross was from Dayton OH. He recalled the role as Regent and being a Regent at EKU.

In this interview President Henry Hanly Funderburk Jr.,a Carolton AL native, shares his memories of growing up on a rural area farm around the time of the Great Depression. He became president of Auburn University in 1980, and he later became…

Glenn Carey was a professor of English and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a Korean War Veteran and he is a author. In this interview Carey discussed his writings, his dissertations on Faulkner and the Korean War.

Harvey Lafuze, an Indiana native, came to Eastern in 1939 and retired in 1976. He was Eastern's photographer from 1950 till 1960. In this interview he discusses his educational background, the Great Depression, and his first teaching job. Lafuze also…

Glenna Sprinkle Dean, a native of Pennington Gap, Virginia, was influenced to become a teacher. In this interview she discusses attending college later than she wanted due to economic hardship in the family.

Valley Megee grew up in rural Mercer County, Kentucky and began attending EKU in 1925. Upon completion it was suggested she go teach in the Appalachian Mountains, in which the community accepted her. She discusses the funds to build and teachers from…

Chad Middleton, a native of Lincoln County, Kentucky, shares his memories of the Great Depression and WWII in this interview. After his military service he returned to school at EKU. Middleton also discusses various EKU instructors, his time as an…

In this interview, Mrs. Hazel Little shares her memories of growing up on a farm in Lincoln County KY and her later experiences while living in Richmond KY. She details campus activities, dormitory life and various teachers. She also comments on a…

George Fugate is a Letcher County, KY native. In this interview he describes growing up on a farm and being raised by his grandparents. Coal rights were given to John C. C. Mayo of the family farm, because Fugate states Mayo bribed his grandmother in…

F. M. Burke is a Pike County, KY native. He attended Eastern State Teachers College and Normal School. In this interview, Burke, gives detailed information about his family history, growing up on a farm and his father's timber business. After being…

Henry Martin served as Dean of Students at Eastern Kentucky University under President Martin. In this interview, Martin reflects on his education at Berea College, his military service in the Navy, and his role as the EKU dormitory director.

Clyde Lewis was a EKU faculty, a World War II veteran, and an EKU Alum. In this interview, Lewis recalls his early education and Great Depression memories. He also shares his memories of campus life and the instructors he had while attending EKU.

In this interview, Herman B. Moore, an Owesley County native, describes growing up on a farm and his early education in a one room school house. He reflects on his campus life and some of his teachers in the interview. Moore expresses his continued…

This is part one of a five part series with George W. Robinson. Robinson's family is from Wisconsin and Iowa. In this interview he gives his family history and reflects on growing up in Iowa. He was in a program called V-12 during World War II at…

This is part two of a five part series with George W. Robinson. In this interview Robinson continues his discussion on being in the V-12 program and at Oberlin College. After World War II ended he joined the NROTC and his unit was in Florida. He…

This is part three of a five part series with George W. Robinson. In this interview Robinson continues his discussion on college teaching. He is hired at Washburn University. Robinson left Washburn and returned to Wisconsin for classes. He discusses…

This is part four of a five part series with George W. Robinson. In this interview Robinson continues his discussion on teaching at EKU. He comments on both President Martin and President O'Donnell, and various EKU programs. He also discusses his…

This is part five of a five part series with George W. Robinson. In this interview, Robinson continues his discussion over history department changes. He discusses the tension between Central University College and the College of Arts and Sciences.…

Fredric Ogden is a native of New York. In this interview Ogden discusses growing up on a farm and his education. He was in the military during World War II and married. He discussed racial tensions while at University of Alabama and the Arthree Lucy…

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