Hall of Fame

Since 1923, the College of Education has been a distinguished institution in the preparation of skilled educators and leaders. Our alumni have embarked on professional careers that impact people and policies in Kentucky, the nation and the world. Membership in the Alumni Hall of Fame is the highest honor the College of Education bestows upon its graduates. It is recognition for those whose work has reached the pinnacle of achievement in their chosen professions.

To be selected to the Alumni Hall of Fame, honorees must:

  • Have earned a degree from the University of Kentucky College of Education, or have completed a significant amount of academic work in the college;
  • Have obtained significant achievement personally or professionally;
  • Have demonstrated distinguished professional accomplishments, outstanding character and commitment to community service;
  • Have shown evidence of merit of work in their chosen field or community leadership; and
  • Have shown evidence of strong support for the field of education.

Members by Year

2010

Jane Beshear – BA in Business Education 1969

2006

Terry L. Birdwhistell – Ed.D. 1995
Loretta J. Bradley – B.A. 1963, M.A. 1965
Jack Early – M.A. 1953, Ph.D. 1956

2004

P.G. Peeples – B.A. 1968

2003

Sam Abell – B.A. 1970

2002

Janis Bellack
Carolyn Reid Bond – B.A. 1963, M.A. 1966
Vito “Babe” Parilli – B.A. 1953

2001

Phillip Greer – B.A. 1969
Elizabeth “Betty” Hale – B.A. 1963
Harold Jeffcoat – Ed.D. 1994
Horace Tate – Ed.D. 1960

2000

Dermontti F. Dawson – B.A. 1988, 1996
Joe B. Hall – B.A. 1955
Marlene M. Helm – M.A. 1977, Ed.D. 1990
Ted Strickland – M.A. 1966, Ph.D. 1980
Billy O. Wireman – M.A. 1957

1998

George Blanda – B.A. 1951
Lauretta F. Byars – Ed.D. 1982
Constantine W. “Deno” Curris – Ed.D. 1967
Helen Thacker Hill
C.M. Newton – B.A. 1953, M.A. 1957
Chester C. Travelstead – Ph.D. 1950

1996

Richard L. Greene – M.A. 1977
Gary W. Phillips – Ph.D. 1983

1993

Pat Riley
Tom Welch – M.A. 1988

1992

Jerry D. Claiborne – B.A. 1950
Roland C. Haun – Ed.D. 1973
Mary Levi Smith – B.A. 1966, M.A. 1969
Charles T. Wethington, Jr. – M.A. 1962, Ph.D. 1965

1991

Thelma Beeler – M.A. 1957
Becke Cleaver – B.A. 1974, M.A. 1980, Ed.D. 1997
Sharon P. Robinson – B.A. 1966, M.A. 1976, Ed.D. 1979

1990

Lena C. Bailey – M.S. 1958
Martha Layne Collins – B.S. 1972
Martha M. McCarthy – B.A. 1966, M.A. 1969

1989

Frank G. Dickey – M.A. 1942, Ed.D. 1947
Lyman Ginger – M.A. 1942, Ed.D. 1942
Sarah Ketron – M.A. 1942