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10 > Image 10 of Kentucky Alumnus, vol. 73, no. 2, Summer 2002

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A S . l` S ` 9 [ -V C if N :__ ._ N _ v mil., L { . ,, Z L. . __ y,.5:r,;!:,;$` _ . sg;;;;$.{_@;%g<;~;;g_rT<=;=.*.;~_,."" __ I _ . V 4j;c>_ , __ ._ |"\j7a ;;_ zgi T?f%`. . . . :A iii ~ * *A .. _ ` V,A 2 2 -?. .-we V `> . I . . ,.= ` 1 = -. ~ ; j * `' - - ' ~ , I .~ . -. .% ' _ _ _ g. * f" < - V if . Q" 1 - ` . C . ~ , s .A`A `, e V L . `4 J ~ <2 "i_gQ_.___ i r _. ; G'ff d Blyto W 5 - A Legend Affectionately Known as Doc " 'I 1 l The . i O 1 , i i , j . i . i . f" $*1 eee . _ l a .*3 rig;. x I - * its- . . -. r V3? * Q if 4e i;;.;.a . [ i eVn` E e I- La 5 Stan Craig, far right, is spearheading a fund-raising effort to honor Gifford Blyton, second from left, longtime faculty member and debate team coach. They are pictured with Blytons wife, lVlarion, and son, Ben. by Teresa Arnold _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Gifford Blyton Professorship Still going strong at 93 and still parlia- friend and mentor. His own story IS testa Th 1. t f 1 h d. th mentarian for the Faculty Senate, ment to that. Craig was the first in his 6 IS O pepp 6 Spcai sa lng G Gifford Blyton`s career is remarkable. family to attend and to graduate from col- cfforimads hkqa UK who S j He taught speech and communications lege, and that is only because of the sup- who fstan Cmlg sf Soufhpofh l`rom 1948- 1975 and coached the port that Blyton and his wife, Marion, NC'? 5C?HlgEt1fiSH1_rglC Univcrsity`s debate team for 21 years. offered. "I owe everything to the pmsl, cn O cm , ync CHO There is a project underway to estab- Blytons," he said. "They made all the dif- CumS formgr prgsldcm Of lish and endow the Gifford Blyton Pro- ference in the world to my making it Clcmcion Uplgcrity and Cu/gr=t . fessorship in Oral Communications and through the University." To show his Emsl 2 tccll mHcaU S?3f . Forensics. The goal is to raise $250,000 gratitude, Craig pledged $50,000 to the fOn.O 8 fi O egcs an mvcrsk _ in private funds and be eligible to re- Blyton Professorship project. gcs m Washmgtom D`g'i]Car$?n ceive an equal match from the state Academics is what is far more crucial Often aff attOmy an IS Wl through the Research Challenge Trust than anything else, Craig said. "We want Mary a duleqmr Of Svsech pathob Fund? bringing the total to $500,000 for to recognize Doc for what he contributed Ogy fWSh1gt D-C-? Rdv the professorship. The effort has raised inside and outside the classroom to affect g=rg? pagtserlug %[CLani_lVf1" law more than $375.000. so many college students during his ca- agO O?;AShl;Hrc%1Bgha;gS;n , One of those leading the project is reer. , Craig. a 1966 graduate of thc College of "We want to create a cadre of caring in 1StI;hY 3 UF lcgcpd Arts and Sciences. which alumni want to give back to honor .b Of more El (`f]&aU?3?n COI; _ Craig said that in addition to Blyton such an important man and all the other g:;S;;l;(;);O?ctlcglgtactlggln m` h ing a wrof ssor and coach. he is also a rofessors that Doc re resents." L ` I L P P Swauger at 1-8008756272 or (859) 323-6570 or contributions can be K _ made online. 1.1L`. 4 >; f ll iff;K`~ll!*g,Il';l~?1`l;}? S . 8 KENTUCKY Ai.uMNus W i