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Name Oldham, John Oscar
Other Names Johnny Oldham
Birth Date 6/22/1923
Place of Birth Hartford, KY
Father Carlisle Oldham
Mother Ruth
Spouse Bobbie Jean York
Children John Robert Oldham
Suzanne Oldham
Titles & Honors OVC Coach of the Year
Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame
OVC Hall of Fame
#42 retired 1999
Nationality American
Education BS WKU 1949
MA WKU 1951
Occupation WKU basketball player
WKU basketball coach 1965-1970
WKU athletic director 1971-1986
Bowling Green, KY commissioner
Archives Entries 0
Library Entries 8
Object Entries 0
Photo Entries 0
Notes Articles

College Heights Herald

"Athletic Director Announces June Resignation," December 12, 1985, p. 14.

"Athletic Director Makes Clock in Spare Time," February 21, 1978, p. 1.

Brandenburg, James & Ben Idle. "Name Court After John Oldham," November, 12, 2002. Letter to the Editor.

Brewer, Jerry. "Oldham to Have No. 42 Jersey Retired," December 9, 1999.

"Campaigning for City Commissioner," October 28, 1993, p. 1.

Cook, Jack. "Salute to John Oldham," December 6, 1946, p. 2.

Dykes, Larry. "Oldham to Succeed Diddle in '65," March 25, 1964, p. 1.

"Former Men's Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Inducted into Dawahares-Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame," March 22, 1990, p. 14.

Hall, Jason. "Oldham Still Has Western at Heart," August 27, 1996, p. 6.

"Let's Honor Our Western Legends," January 17, 2002

Loyal, Taylor. "Tops Beat Cats, Race Barriers 30 Years Ago," Nov. 15, 2001

"Oldham's Promotion Expected Today," April 9, 1971, p. 1.

Photos and career writeup, November 23, 1993.

"Famed Johnny Oldham Speaker for Banquet," Hickman Courier, April 5, 1973.

Fensler, Dick. "Dean Remembers Hilltopper Coach," Kansas Daily Capital, December 18, 1970.

"John Oldham Inducted into OVC Hall of Fame," Western, Summer 1989, p. 13.

Park City Daily News

"6 Candidates After City Commission Seats," October 31, 1993.

Borrone, Bert. "It Says Here," December 24, 1948.

"Oldham Named Athletic Dir. At Western; Coach Sought," April 9, 1971.

"Oldham Named Head Coach of Hilltoppers," March 24, 1964.

"Oldham Named OVC Coach of the Year, for the 4th Time!" March 12, 1971.

"Carlisle Oldham, Father of WKU Net Coach, Dies," June 8, 1967.

Conley. Rita. "The Life of a Coach's Wife Isn't Above Occasional 'Foul' Weather," March 6, 1970.

Conrad, Paul. Photo jersey retirement ceremony, December 12, 1999.

"Denes, Oldham Make KHSAA Hall of Fame," March 21, 1990.

Donnell, Evans. "BG Voters Return Incumbent City Commissioners to Office," November 3, 1993.

Firkins, R.D. Photo of Oldham with Ham Bone Trophy, December 9, 1968.

"Hall of Fame," October 24, 1968, photo.

Imel, Joe. Photo with caption "Early Christmas," December 15, 1993.

"Johnny Oldham," May 19, 1991. City Commission Race

"Johnny Oldham to Succeed Downing at College High," September 9, 1951.

Mathis, Mark. "Oldham Goes Golfing With a 'Few' Friends," July 10, 1986.

"Team Gathers for 40th Reunion," August 31, 1988.

"WKU's Oldham Has Seen Much Change," August 14, 1986.

"Oldham is on Board at Beaver Dam Bank," May 23, 1994.

"Oldham Leads Drive," March 11, 1982. American Cancer Crusade.

"Oldham Leaving in August," January 26, 1986.

"Oldham Named Director of First Federal," June 13, 1975.

"Oldham Scramble to Benefit WKU Teams," September 3, 1989.

"Oldham Selected for Kentucky's Hall," June 2, 1986.

"Oldham Talks as Tennessee Clinic Opens," July 25, 1967.

"Tech's Oldham is Named OVC Net Coach of Year," April 7, 1963.

"Western Set to Honor Oldham in Ceremony," December 4, 1999.

Louisvile Courier-Journal

Cox, Earl. "Stella Gilb Among 8 Hall Inductees," June 1, 1986. Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

Flynn, John. "'Ol' Hamburger Stodovich' is One Good Guy Who Wins," March 24 1971.

"Change? Oldham May Replace Hornback as Western Athletic Director," February 14, 1971.

"Hall of Fame to Add Eight," August 25, 1986.

"Oldham in Western Debut as Successor to Diddle," December 1, 1964.

Kindred, Dave. "Oldham of Western," March 5, 1967.

"Ten Picked for WKU's New Hall of Fame," July 25, 1991, p. D6.

Nashville Banner

Allen, Edgar. "Five 'Iron Men' Spark Belmont's Top Win Ever," December 2, 1964.

Green, Dudley. "Oldham's Play Catches Eye of Western Supporters," February 18, 1948.

"Oldham Doesn't Want Double Burden," February 24, 1971.

Nashville Tennessean

Gertsel, Steve. "Pill-Gulping Oldham Wins UP Acclaim," March 2, 1958.

Johnson, Raymond. "Another Basketball Season Added to Diddle's Memories," March 6, 1957.

Kuharshky, Paul. "Bummer of '63: Oldham Recalls 69-point NCAA Loss," March 16, 2005.

Ohio County Times

"Johnny Oldham: Coach Par Excellence, Hartford Boy Makes it Big in College Basketball Competition," February 23, 1967.

"Oldham to Be Honored by WKU," Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, August 16, 2002.

Other Publications

Bisher, Furman. "The Oldhams and the Rupps," Atlanta Journal, March 18, 1971.

Perkins, Jim. "Oldham Retires as WKU Athletic Director," Alumni, Fall, 1986.

Pickens, Jim. "Western Should Honor Oldham," Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, December 13, 2005.

Reynolds, Dave. "Forging Ahead on the Hilltops of Kentucky," Peoria Journal-Star, February 18, 2005.

"WKU's Oldham to Speak at F-S Basketball Fete," Franklin Favorite, March 19, 1973.

Documents & Primary Sources

UA11 WKU Press Releases, Athletics

UA19 Athletic Director's Records - inventory -

UA19/10 WKU Athletic Hall of Fame Records - inventory -

UA28/1 "How Does One Succeed a Legend?" The Personnel File, Vol. 5, No. 8, April/May 1986, pp. 1 & 5-6.

UA36I/31 John Oldham Personal Papers - inventory -

Brewer, Jerry. "One Call May Have Paved 'Glory Road,'" Louisville Courier-Journal, January 1, 2006. -

Kuharsky, Paul, "The Bummer of '63," The Tennessean, March 16, 2005. -

Thamel, Pete. "Recalling Forward Thinking," New York Times, March 27, 2008.

Associated Records

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Alumni Magazine - WKU Alumni Relations

Success Marks First Stage of Alumni Fund Kentucky Comes Alive at Kentucky Building Library Thompson Science Complex Those '66-67 Hilltoppers Atlanta Alumni to Hear John Oldham Florida Alumni Meet in Jacksonville Metropolitan Louisville Alumni Club Fisher, John Fleenor, Kenneth Haynie, Hugh Kendall, Donald Roemer, William Taff, W.O. Thurman, B.L. Vettiner, Charlie Woolridge, Marcia

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Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

Evolution of Student Government at Western Westerners in State Government Western Classroom Well-Known Speakers Challenge Students Former Hilltopper Greats Hit the Big Time Homecoming 68 - L.T. Smith Stadium Alumnus Bequeaths Unusal Gift to WKU Lonnie Wells Heads Muhlenberg Alumni Club Western Loyalty New Building Boom With Tomorrow in Mind Kelley, Harold Meade, Howes Hazelrigg, William Frazer, Lynn Cogen, Edward Groschelle, Frank Miller, Robert Mounce, Robert McCurry, Rodney Koch, William Hays, Brooks Evans, Bergen Van Derber, Marilyn Teller, Edward Carrier, Darel Rascoe, Bobby Chapman, Wayne Smith, Greg Lindsey, Dale Wells, Lonnie Topmiller, Ben Cochran, Rober

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Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

To Western Alumni - A Special Message from President Dero Downing President Downing Assumes Reins University Lecture Series 1969-70 Western Television Produces in Color Guayana - The Gem of Latin America How to Succeed at Western Homecoming Filled with Tradition Western's Sixth College Involvement Describes Students Western's Basketball Records - National Second Best Club of Alumni Association Presidents Formed Alumni Club Planned for Washington, DC Mulhenberg County Alumni Club Meets President Downing Speaks to Four County Alumni Alumni Fund Contributors Klebanoff, May Lahusen, Carl Levine, Irving Marshall, S.L.A. Else, Gerald Young, Whitney Hess, Wilmot Whiting, Allen

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Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

The E.A. Diddle Legacy New Academic Programs Art Education Extraordinaire Kentucky Educators on the Move New Assistant to the President Named Signifcant Statements - Excerpts from Three Addresses President Downing Speaks at Atlanta Club Meeting Washington Club is Newest Alumni Chapter New York City Alumni Hold Inaugural Meeting Feix and Oldham Address Alabama Alumni Western Official Seal Rowe, Donald Hoffman, Jerry McCeney, Emily Keith, Linda Hourigan, William Hildreth, Van Bodner, Jean Kidd, Lorri Guffey, Michael Jones, Lee Elrod, Turner Robertson, Gabrielle Butler, Wendell Dodson, Marvin Alexander, Samuel Lamar, Carl Bale, Don Swain, Marshall Alexander, J.P. Al

Image of Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

National Science Foundation Funds Study of Icelandic TV Western's Interpretive Naturalist Western's Top Honors - '71 Two Western Scientists Tackle Air Pollution Big Shoes to Fill The Turn of an Athletic Era Significant Statements at Western Utilitarian Sculpture, Salvage Turns to Artistry Dental Hygiene Program Begins ODK: Building Block for Excellence Student Publications Take the Lead Project Reclass: An Innovative Library Program Hilltoppers Third in Nation NCAA National Science Foundation Funds Study of Icelandic TV Three New Members Join Board of Regents Students Study Ecology Western Grad Gains Mr. World Recognition Our Search for Cleaner Water President Downing Speaks

Image of Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

Teachers of Tomorrow: Learners of Today Miracle Worker: Athletic Trainer Russell Miller A Week in the Life of Professor X Those Were the Days, My Friend 1949-1950 The Sky Show is Right Inside Psychology Students Do Their Thing - Research Significant Statements at Western The Mini Library - A Product of Technology Caution: Human Beings Here Handle With Care Western Regents Act to Strengthen Honors Program for the University Founders Week Here Comes the 1972 Student Fair ROTC on the Campus: Cannons to the Left of Them Faculty Research at Western 1971 Alumni Fund Contributors 1972 Who's Who - The Quality Shows Anderson, Charles Bailey, Rex Ball, Coy Brooks, Carroll Bryant, Ch

Image of Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

Associate Programs Expand The Humanities Teaching the Whole Man Kentucky's Heritage Homecoming '74 Alumni Physicians Hold Reunion Falter Never - Live Forever, Mary Frances Bradley BU in '55-'56 A Foundation for Excellence, Dero Downing, College Heights Herald Strength in Faculty, Dero Downing, Faculty Convocation Where the Spirit Originates A Student's Tribute to NGT: Nelle Gooch Travelstead The Gallery - Bill Mounce photographs 30 Years on the Team, Herman Walton Feeding a City of 12,000 Regents Authorize 'Current' Station for WKU Campus Western Offers Courses on KET Trendsetter & All-American Sports - A Pot Pourri Warren Alumni Planning Programs Tri-Staters - Ashland Organ

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Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

Western's Honors Program Forges Ahead Students Still Work Their Way Reaching Out for the Good Student Nick Rose All American A Westerner Remembers Harry Truman, Randolph Yeager Western Goes to Mexico Biological Study Station: Western at Tech Aqua A Central American Adventure: Student Teaching a la Guatemala Theatre Study Goes British Significant Statements Commonwealth in a Capsule - The Kentucky Building Teacher Evaluation - Western Develops New System Career Education: Relevant and Realistic Interns Get in on the Action A Look Back to '42-'43 College Heights Foundation: Mrs. Matthews' Golden Years Ike, Truman and LBJ A Westerner Bids Farewell to Three Presidents, Pat Mastrol