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  BY LIZ DEMORAN ,68
  can sea hi-si now; sitting A I S V I     _```   `»II`  F  
l at the head of the table gi   ....   gg  ·‘         
i with het leng ieweleeli `   »·=e  
i black cigarette holder l  El      i
. daintily held between .l   ·— _   1
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her fingers. . .a bit of a i      ‘  
l Bette Davis lookalike. . .   ·l`·       »
i tough and tender at the same time. One thing     vi  
g we all knew though, was that she was in control."     _   ,  
1 That’s a snapshot of the Association’s     ‘l`i S     
first permanent secretary, Miss Helen G. King.  , V     »_f‘ J ljei
Miss King accepted the position in 1946 and i "iy   W »'`‘ · ,    
held it for 23 years. l.      
Her successor, E. ]ay Brumfield, became li, Gl        Q     
~ director in 1969. Together they have guided -     l " _ T  "ly    ? in
the ASSOCiati0n through nearly one-half of its   el it    ’ ~ ,e 1 A  
history. There has always been an alumnus   ,—»`        
From 1889 when alumnus and professor,         l
V ]oe Kastle, gathered the first group of alumni        
together, volunteers kept things going from   ‘ ll      
year to year, mostly on a social basis. Then  
Miss Marguerite McLaughlin, a professor of   .»»·   l'”"l A ·  
journalism, found herself in the job {Of fl11'€€ U `'`·‘ S ll    
years in a row. Evidently between teaching and   e·l·'   li, S `'`'' in
l writing, she and others felt the Association ..- E    
was large enough to need full time attention. ·`'“’    ellliile?¥l’lll`   `
They hoped the result of this full time attention
would be more involvement of the alumni in Jay Bmmfield in from °f Helm Klngis pmralt
the affairs of the University. Perhaps a bonus
of private donations would be received to keep U
academic programs moving along. ll Adelph RPPP WSS Me K?“mel‘V>
Under Miss King’s leadership, the Associ· Veuld have te SEV MISS Kmg WQS MISS UK
ation became a truly interdependent partner of Evetveiie knew been reeallS Paul Niekell-
iiig uiiiveisiiy. An Aiiimiii Board of Directors Wheil Btumlield beeeme ¤¤l¤· His etvle while ei>e¤ e¤t
{Oi Sennlaisninsl me annual giving nmgiam one eye on the bottom line. Fund-raising was
was established; clubs were organized throughout l>eeemi¤e a full time pYOfeSSiOn ie ISS Own
the country. Alumni representation on the UK tighe UmVerSltleS thmugheut the eeumfv
Beard Ol eliusiees was insured by agreement could no longer wait on a few wealthy, generous 1
with me legislature alumni to make big donations.
A ieiiiiiaiisiiip was esiabiisiiai wiiii the The ¤l¤¤l0¤ t0 beeeme primarily self-supporting .
allnnneni {Oi alumni in Rupp Arena and following the Big Ten pattern of separately
Cgmmnnwealin Stadiuin incorporated Alumni Associations and either
i university-run development offices or foundations.
“The Alumni Association played a vital i
A role in launching the success of UK’s current i
development program,” remembers Nickell. “The
people the University needed for the i
development program were already active in
alumni affairs."
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