Browse Interviews (87 total)

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 year tenure. This is the first of two interviews with Whitt.

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 during his thirty-four year tenure. This is the second of two interviews with Whitt.

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 teaching career and how he worked for the Revenue Department under Governor Chandler.

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 valuable and beneficial. Lloyd also shares his views on slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, and Nashville…

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 Chandler as governor, Lloyd was offered the position of Director of Public Assistance. In the 1939…

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" Chandler and John Y. Brown Sr. during the 1935 gubernatorial election. The 1939 Senate race was a bitter…

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 the need for men became too great. Lloyd helped manage replacement depots, which kept him in Europe…

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 his instrumental role in forming the Legislative Research Commission. Upon leaving the LRC in 1955…

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 interview, she comments on the different teaching positions she held, and the various faculty members and…

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.

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.

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 Elizabethtown educator, and his path to becoming the Director of the EKU Physical Plant.

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 problems he faced and the great athletes he had coached.

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 Depression and WWII affected EKU students.

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.

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 and various faculty members.

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.

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 created and his involvement in developing the EKU water tower lettering. In general, the couple…

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 years as ombudsman. This interview surveys her life and career.

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 followed in their footsteps.

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 became the Registrar in 1976. He retired from EKU in 1985. This interview is a survey of his military…

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 addition, he discusses EKU's first president, Dr. Nevel Roark and the second president Dr. John G.…

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 rejected for not meeting the requirements for admission to Eastern, he boarded a train and headed to…

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 early positions before coming to EKU.

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 position to devote himself to teaching full time.

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.

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 incident in 1956. Ogden first heard of EKU from a former student, James King, who recommended him as…

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 doing so. When Fugate finished eighth grade he attended Eastern Normal School. This was the first…

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 Oberlin College.

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 compares Miami University and to Oberlin. He continues with his college education at University of…

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 a position he accepted the summer of 1953 with the University of Maryland Overseas Program. He…

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 teaching methods, the AAUP, student performance, and his personal life.

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. Robinson also comments on the masters program, student recruitment, and the changes made to EKU 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 how the construction of the Weaver Health Building was important to the growth of Health and…

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.

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 head coach. He also served as athletic director and the coach for the golf team before retirement…

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 head coach. He also served as the Athletics Director and coach for the golf team before his…

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.

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 discusses Eastern in the early 1930s and the construction of the Memorial Science Building.

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 story where President Donovan unknowingly contributed to the theft of musical instruments from the…

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 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 president of EKU in 1985.

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.

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 interests in sports and his professional baseball career, which spanned from 1939 to 1948.

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 conferences and President Martin's support.

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.

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 support for EKU's programs after retirement.

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 covers her early life and education, including graduate studies at Yale Dvinity School and working…
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