(Opp. pg., Top) The Singlelary's are served a quiet breakfast before the work day. (Center Left) Dr. Singletary reads the morning newspaper to be alert of the days events. (Center Right) Before breakfast Dr. Singletary takes a rest on the couch with his puppy. (Bottom) Mrs. Singletary has a breakfast prepared consisting of her recipes published this year in the Bicentennial Kentucky Cookbook.
by MARY KAYE ROGERS
HE year was 1969. The country was embroiled in war. Campuses were ravaged with protest — and UK was no exception. The students here expressed their disapproval through marches, demonstrations, and speeches. To top it all, UK was searching for a president who could not only be an administrator but a peacemaker as well.
Dr. Otis A. Singletary accepted the job, and brought with him a long list of qualifications. With a PHD from Louisiana State University, he taught history at the University of Texas where he also served as Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and assistant to the president. He served as Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensborough (1961-1966) and as Vice-president of the American Council on Education (1966-1968).
"At that time, (1969) you were facing the 'age of confrontation,'" Dr. Singletary said. "There's more stability now ... the decibel count of people's voices is lower."
To keep the university running smoothly, Dr. Singletary finds his days heavily scheduled, and he observed "I have gone as many as 21 consecutive days without having dinner in my own home."
Home to Dr. and Mrs. Singletary is Maxwell Place, a stately old house with high ceilings and large comfortable rooms. The Singletary's enjoy living near campus, and Mrs. Singletary remarked she likes being near all the activity. "If I'm going to be a university presidents' wife, I want to be right in the middle of everything."
Gloria Singletary spends much of her time entertaining on behalf of the university, she claimed it's "the fun part of the job." She plans both large and small parties of all kinds, and sees merit in both. "I think the small groups are always more interesting and yet the large groups are fun, too."
All these "extras" — parties, dinner, and speeches — allow Dr. Singletary little time to pursue his own interests. He enjoys reading American History when he finds time, and when the weather permits, a game of golf.
Everyone has a dream for retirement, and Dr. Singletary sums his up like this: "I was a teacher of American History . . . and in the back of my mind is the thought that I'll probably go back to that."
Meanwhile, his life is a whirl of activity, and he believes "If you are going to survive long in a job like this you have to have some tolerance for uncertainty . . . It's a constant hassle."