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Name Downing, Dero Goodman, 1921-2011
Birth Date 9/10/1921
Place of Birth Fountain Run, KY
Death Date 4/4/2011
Place of Death Nashville, TN
Father Aldridge C. Downing (1897-1960)
Mother Burton Goodman
Spouse Harriet Elizabeth Yarnell
Children Elizabeth
Alex
Kathryn
Eddie
Ann
Dero Jr.
Relationships Brothers:
James Aldridge b. 11/21/1915, d. 7/31974
Charles Alex b. 10/15/1919, d. 12/4/1982
Joe Dudley b. 11/15/1925, d. 12/29/2007
George William b. 1/31/1928, d. 6/18/2011

Sisters:
Elizabeth
Sarah Wanda b. 7/5/1924, d. 12/18/1924
Titles & Honors Kentucky Wesleyan honorary doctorate, 1970
Nationality American
Education BS WKU 1943
MS WKU 1947
Ed.D George Peabody 1958
Occupation WKU President 1969-1979
Role Academic
Archives Entries 87
Library Entries 35
Photo Entries 112
Notes Dero Downing Vertical File Part 1
Dero Downing Vertical File Part 2
Dero Downing Vertical File Part 3
Dero Downing Vertical File Part 4

Associated Records

Image of UA3 President's Office Series 4. Dero Downing - WKU President's Office - Downing

UA3 President's Office Series 4. Dero Downing - WKU President's Office - Downing

Records created by the President's Office during the Dero Downing Administration, as well as records created by Downing in some of the other positions he held at WKU. The records are arranged in the following sub-series: Series 1. Correspondence / Subject File Series 2. Construction File Series 3. Council of Higher Education File Series 4. Film File Series 5. Personnel File Series 6. Regents File Subseries 1. Meeting Minutes Subseries 2. Committees Series 7. Speech File Series 8. Interviews/Oral History Series 9. Publications Series 10. Personal Papers

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Papers - Duckett, Edward Austin, 1920-2008

Cards and letters sent to architect and Bowling Green native Edward Austin Duckett while he was a resident of Hopkins Nursing Facilty, Woodburn, Warren County, Kentucky. Also includes copies of his will and obituary.

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 3. Portraits Subseries 1. Administrators - WKU Archives

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 3. Portraits Subseries 1. Administrators - WKU Archives

Images of administrators of Western Kentucky University and its founding institutions.

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections. Subseries 1. Public Relations - Public Affairs (WKU)

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections. Subseries 1. Public Relations - Public Affairs (WKU)

Photographs, negatives, slides and transparencies created by Public Affairs staff members of WKU faculty, staff, students, alumni and events. See container list for arrangement and description.

Image of Papers - Farley, Seth, 1917-1999

Papers - Farley, Seth, 1917-1999

Correspondence related to Seth Farley's varied educational, civic, religious, and political interests. The Henderson County native was a professor in the Educational Leadership Department, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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Papers - Neal, Mary Julia, 1905-1995

Correspondence, speeches, and writings of Shaker scholar and English professor, Mary Julia Neal, a native of Auburn, Kentucky. Neal served as director of the Kentucky Library & Museum at Western Kentucky University from 1964 to 1972. Includes photos and correspondence with twentieth century eastern Shakers.

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Series 2. Building File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 2. Building File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

Records created during the construction and renovation of buildings at WKU.

Image of UA3 President's Office Series 4. Dero Downing Sub-Series 2. Construction File - WKU President's Office - Downing

UA3 President's Office Series 4. Dero Downing Sub-Series 2. Construction File - WKU President's Office - Downing

Records regarding the planning, construction and maintenance of buildings on the WKU campus. Downing held several positions at WKU before becoming president. Some of these records date to that earlier period.

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Papers - Downing, Dero Goodman, b. 1921

Letter from Dero Goodman Downing to Sandra L. Staebell related to the graveside service for his brother and artist, Joseph Dudley Downing. Includes Downing's tribute to his brother.

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UA3 President's Office - President's Office (WKU)

Records created by and about the WKU President's Office. The record group is broken down into series and subseries based upon the administrations of the presidents. Series 1. Henry Hardin Cherry Series 2. Paul L. Garrett Series 3. Kelly Thompson Series 4. Dero Downing Series 5. John Minton Series 6. Donald Zacharias Series 7. Kern Alexander Series 8. Thomas Meredith Series 9. Gary Ransdell Series 10. Timothy Caboni

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Papers - Travelstead, Chester

Chiefly personal and professional correspondence, speeches, journal articles, reminiscences and news clippings of noted educator Chester Coleman Travelstead. Of particular interest are the materials related to his 1955 dismissal from the University of South Carolina owing to his stance on racial integration. Also includes correspondence and diaries of his mother Nelle (Gooch) Travelstead, long-time Western Kentucky University faculty member.

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UA4 Academic Budgets & Administration Series 2 Correspondence/Subject File - Academic Budgets & Administration (WKU)

Correspondence and subject files created by the office of Academic Budgets & Administration and its reporting offices: Academic Budgets Manager of Academic Resources PIE Grants Coordinator

Image of UA1F WKU Archives Multimedia Resources / Vertical File - WKU Archives

UA1F WKU Archives Multimedia Resources / Vertical File - WKU Archives

Electronic and multimedia resources created by WKU Archives regarding Western Kentucky University departments and history. Non-WKU created ephemera related to WKU history.

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Papers - Thomason, Jean

Collection consists of anecdotes about Edgar Allan Diddle, Western Kentucky University's basketball coach from 1922 to 1964. The anecdotes were collected by students in a folk studies class at Western Kentucky University. Topics include information about Diddle's coaching career, interaction with students and athletes and his personal life.

Image of UA1B University Wide Committees/Events 3. Committees 3. Athletic Committee - Athletic Committee (WKU)

UA1B University Wide Committees/Events 3. Committees 3. Athletic Committee - Athletic Committee (WKU)

This is an artificial series created by culling Athletic Committee records from the President's Office files. It consists of meeting minutes, correspondence and reports. The early meeting minutes are incomplete through 1950. Topics routinely discussed were athletic schedules, awards, varsity standing of sports and compliance with conference and NCAA policies. Ohio Valley Conference meeting minutes and summaries of NCAA meetings are generally included.

Image of Papers - Robertson, Gabrielle, 1889-1970

Papers - Robertson, Gabrielle, 1889-1970

Chiefly letters to Gabrielle Robertson, History Department faculty member, Western Kentucky University, 1916 to 1960. Of particular interest are those letters from former students serving in the military during World War II. Also includes genealogical materials and family photographs.