Alumni Memories

Over the past 100 years, our alumni, faculty, and friends have made the College of Arts and Sciences a very special place that we all call home.


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A&S Memories of the 1940s

Shirley G. (Green) Dillon

  • Graduation Year: 1940
  • Major: English/Math

My husband to be (Dr. G. P. Dillon, Inc.) graduated from the Medical School and I graduated in Arts & Sciences. I taught school for two years before I married and had to quit. He died in 1964, and I started teaching again, getting a Masters (MAT) in 1970. The one thing that struck me the most, and still does, was the changes on the campus from 1940 until 1970. Then it was a few buildings, mainly to me Gardiner Hall, the Home Economics building, the chemistry building. There was the Administration building that housed the library. There were a few sorority houses across 3 rd Street, but I never belonged to one; it was hard for my parents to manage the (believe it or not) $41.00 a month tuition. We had to buy athletic tickets; going to the game was a very cheap date. I remember going to a football game in Richmond, KY, and to several home basketball games.

Elizabeth Sengel Combs (Libby)

  • Graduation Year: 1942
  • Major: Sociology

I was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. We played “Pounce”, a form of solitaire, with lots of people everyday at noon at the ZTA house. I participated in “Fryberger Sings”, and was on U of L’s Women’s Basketball and Hockey teams. I lived on Brownsboro Rd and the bus would pick me up at my door and continue on to Cincinnati for our game!

Gardner Hall and the Administration building were where our classes were held. The book store was where we settled the problems of the world everyday. Cardinal Inn was our special hangout. We had great professors who took time to know us. Many of our classmates answered the call to duty during these years. There were more women in classes and fewer men. Women began filling in jobs in industry. After graduation I joined the USO and worked in Wilmington, N.C. as a USO club staff member. I have always enjoyed being part of U of L and felt I had a good education even in those days. I am still involved as part of U of L Alumni Volunteers at the Alumni Club.

Dominic Crocetti

  • Graduation Year: 1947
  • Major: Physical Education

I was a member of the “L” Club, manager of the football team in 1946, and a member of the baseball team. I was a member of the U.S. Army and fought in WWII. I was wounded in Italy and lost the sound in my left ear. I was awarded the Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A..

Joseph Steltenpohl

  • Graduation Year: 1949
  • Major: Economics (Accounting)

I entered the College of Liberal Arts in September 1934 in the midst of the Great Depression. Tuition was $90.00 a semester, as I recall. At that time the College was really a “Street Car College”. There were a few out-of-town students, no dormitories, and few parking spaces on the campus. Most students arrived and departed each day via the 2 nd street trolley.

Warren Auter Fravert (Mrs. William B. Fravert)

  • Graduation Year: 1949
  • Major: Health and Physical Education

I started U of L in fall of 1944, when most of the boys were in the service. The Sub was that little space that shared the bookstore in the bottom of Gardner Hall. Little did I realize then how small it was (something like 200+ sq. ft. counting DAE). Then the V-12 came, with the barracks (ABCD) which was fun, although they had curfew, etc. Later, a lot of the veterans were returning home after the war’s end and there I met my future husband in the fall of 1947 and we both graduated January 1949 and were married in 1950. Much has changed, but we have found memories of our great basketball teams, and that I had fun being a cheerleader for one semester, fall 1948. U of L has come a long way from the streetcar (Yes, we rode street cars) college of those days. We would love to hear all our old friends from our “era”.

P.S. We are now about to celebrate our 54 th wedding anniversary. My husband is retired, but I am still selling real estate in Birmingham-26 years now and love it.

P.S.S. Thought I would mention that I worked my way through, and two of my jobs were in the Registrar’s office with Mr. Houchens and Pearl Nutter (Anybody remember her?). I also worked in the DAE office with Dr. Strickler. The university was much smaller then.

A&S Memories of the 1950s

Douglas Sanford

  • Graduation Year: 1953
  • Major: A & S

I remember the Playhouse. When I was a freshman, I acted in a one-act play there. I had very little acting experience, but it turned out well. I recall that it was well- directed and well-received. There were some talented student directors on campus at that time.

I remember Gardiner Hall. I had a lot of classes there. I also remember the Chemistry building and the Biology building. Both are gone now. I spent many hours in them. In Quantitative Analysis (Chemistry) I used the old fashioned balances to weigh substances. These balances have been replaced by electronic scales, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to use them. I also became expert in the use of the slide rule.

The administration Building (now Grawemeyer Hall) contained the library and several tables for reading – a favorite place for studying.

The SUB - Student Union Building – was located in the middle of the campus and was a favorite place to go any time of the day. It was really the center of activities – not far from everything: classrooms, the Cardinal Office, the Thoroughbred office. It burned while I was a student there.

Interestingly, I have no recollection of Johnny Unitas, even though I went to many football games as a member of the U of L band. I do remember the basketball games, though. I became friendly with Billy Sullivan, a guard. He was in one of my English classes, and I helped him with his homework. U of L was more successful with basketball in those days. A few Years later, when I was in medical school, we won the NIT with Charlie Tyra.

There were a lot of veterans enrolled in the university. They were older and more serious. They got good grades. I wanted to go to med school and had to study hard to keep up with them. Getting into Med school required excellent grades.

I was a member of Phi Kappa Tau, a wonderful group of young men. We had a lot of fun, but didn’t overdo anything. We won the Fryberger Sing every year.

President Davidson was a pleasant, soft-spoken, kind and thoughtful person. I didn’t get to know him personally, but I liked him.

My 4 years in the College of Arts and Sciences were good. My instructors were excellent. They and the students were uniformly pleasant and easy to get along with. The mood was optimistic and upbeat. While there, I lived with my uncle in Beechwood Village (past St. Matthews) and spent a lot of time on buses. However, through the fraternity and the Thoroughbred (I was an active member of the staff for my first 3 years – after that I had to drop out in order to work pretty much full time), I was able to participate in campus life.

Ann Glass Marshall

  • Graduation Year: 1954
  • Major: BA

We had great professors. We also had lots of old buildings, but there was a lot of construction to improve the facilities. There were boards to walk on to avoid the mud and puddles. The annual Fryberger Concert at the end of each year was fun as the Greeks enter the competition. Homecoming gave everyone a chance to get involved. The fraternities and sororities decorated floats and their houses. The most disappointing thing was that too few students attended the game. We had coaches that did not receive million dollar contracts or fancy facilities, yet fielded teams of which the University could be proud. We have had many athletes go into the pros but not as famous as John Unitas with whom I had a class. I enjoyed my 4 years playing intramural sports, belonging to a sorority, the Newman Club, Future Teachers, and making many new Friends from all parts of the city. I am an avid sports fan and have season tickets to both football and basketball.

Ann H. Stewart

  • Graduation year: 1955
  • Years attended 1950-1955
  • Major: History/Political Science
  • Minor: Humanities
Favorite Professors

Favorites: The History Department, all four of them - Dr. Terr, Dr. Howe, Dr. Warwick and Dr. Mallalieu, I loved going to classes. In addition, Woody Strickler, Hardy Vick and everyone in the DAE Office (I worked there); Dean Oppenheimer, Polly Bealmear Wood, Dr. Herz, my godmother, Mary Burton; Dr. & Mrs. Davidson- they were so sweet together; tons of people I learned to love and respect, including the basketball player who would carry me across Shipp St. when the water got too high for me to cross safely. How could one forget something like that!


I actually started there in 1948 as a high school jr, running errands, grading papers, etc. for my mother, the late Henrietta R. Hart - was on campus every Monday afternoon, walked up from LGHS. Mom was a Chi O from IU and when she had faculty meetings, she parked me at the Chi O house! I have so many happy memories - Fryberger Sing, the Barbershop Quartet Contest, being tapped for Mortar Board, Pi Delta Epsilon, Who's Who (I've been named to others since then, but that was the most important one to me); being chosen Rose Queen of Pi Kappa Phi the spring of 1955; playing bridge in the SUB, (the small one), all the fun of Homecoming, riding on the Chi O float in 1950, Wednesdays at the Chi O house, dare I mention it - the Zanzibar! Lots more, of course.

What I'm doing now

Well, I write two genealogy columns, work as a family researcher/genealogist for private clients, am historian/archivist for the local Chi Os, and was thrilled to be nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chi O alum chapter.

A&S Memories of the 1960s

Patricia E. (Taylor) Bader

  • Graduation Year: 1965
  • Major: Psychology

Many of us worked to pay for our education. One of my jobs was “student assistant” in the A & S Dean’s office with Dean Barber and Assistant Dean Polly Bealmer. I recall Miss Bealmer broke her leg shortly before her wedding to Coach Woods. We were all so glad she was able to get married as planned. The office was in a building near Gardner Hall.

I also remember taking classes the summer of 1960 as a Carnegie Scholarship student. Some of the teachers I remember well are/were Mr. Bein, Mrs. Tatua, and Dr. Mauer.

Carolyn Zoll Spanyer

  • Graduation Year: 1966
  • Major: Sociology/Education

I remember small classes because U of L was a private school. Bermuda shorts and long pants were not permitted for girls in class. Homecoming for football involved the sororities and fraternities. They decorated the whole front of their houses in competition each other and the culmination of homecoming was a big dance where awards were given. Greek life played a major social role on campus. My time spend at U of L was a wonderful four years.

A&S Memories of the 1970s

R. Gregory Neely

  • Graduation Year: 1971
  • Major: History

I have very fond memories of my undergraduate days at U of L. I remember Gardner Hall and the other small, red brick buildings housing the College of Arts & Sciences in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s and the transformation the campus has undergone since, leaves me quite amazed.

The university I attended some thirty-four (34) years ago appears quite different from the university my son now attends. I can only hope the education he is receiving in the College of Business and Public Administration is as rewarding as the one I received in the College of Arts and Sciences. After his two (2) years at U of L, I have every reason to believe it is.

I will be forever grateful to people like Professors Ryant, Curry and Spetz who taught me more than was just in a textbook. They prepared you to be a productive member of society.

I feel very fortunate to have attended U of L and am proud to say I will always be a Cardinal.

Christopher Joseph Pinkerton

  • Graduation Year: 1974
  • Major: Psychology

In the fall and spring of each academic year it was it was very interesting to watch the few stray dogs that happen to pass through campus. Inevitably, these canine hunters would encounter at least one of the myriad of squirrels that made their home between the library and Life Sciences building. Just watching the hunter and the hunted display their skill and guile was truly fascinating.

David C. Matherly

  • Graduation Year: 1976
  • Major: B.S. Mathematics

As a student at U of L from 1972-76, I was a member of the Pep Band. I remember performing at the football games with only a few hundred in attendance. We had no marching band or uniforms, but made for it with our enthusiasm. One positive was that we always had great seats at the basketball games.

I also was a member of the Navy ROTC. Every Wednesday we would drill in the quadrangle across from the Thinker. It was an especially popular thing to be identified with the military in those years, but I can never remember a time when we were ridiculed or worse. Even in the early 70’s, the university encouraged open thinking and acceptance of diverse opinions.

One thing I can remember in particular was being “volunteered” for the Navy ROTC Drum and Bugle Corp. This group was made up of midshipmen with varying degrees of musical talent, ranging from mediocre to average. We performed several times at the halftimes of the basketball games to an enthusiastic response.

I look back at my days at U of L with fond memories. I can honestly say that the education I received prepared me for a fulfilling career and prepared me for life beyond college. I wouldn’t trade my time at U of L for anything.


A&S Memories of the 1980s

Darlene Walls

  • Graduation year: 1987
  • Major: Communication
  • Minor: English
Favorite Professors

James Eiseman, PhD. made the biggest impact on me as a student. He once said in class that it wasn't enough to just attend class, "you must become involved on campus to gain the fullest potential of learning." I took him at his word and ran for student council, which was a giant leap for this 27 year old non-traditional student (wife and mother of two). I attended a student council meeting in which the voting was to take place, never expecting that I would have to say anything - only show up. There were 9 other students also running for the same seat, which then required me to say something about myself (this was my first formal public speech). Not sure now what I said, but it must have made an impression, because there was a four way tie. A revote resulted in two way tie, and somehow I ended up with the position. Angela McCormick was my advocate, I thank her to this day for being my friend.

I later became Arts and Sciences President for the class 1985-86 and was awarded the Lois S. Cronholm Award for Outstanding Leadership. Again, Dr. Eiseman's advice was taken to heart when I worked hard to found the Public Relations Student Society of Amercia (PRSSA)and was President the second year. I never in a million years would have expected to achieve as much as I did while at UofL without Dr. Eiseman's one comment. I served on many committees, including the SACS, self-study review as the only student which was a great honor.



My many memories include times in student government with Dough Kemper, Angela McCormick and Kenny Kersendorfer. When I first went to work in SGA as a work study and Doug Kemper was a VP and Frank Jemly was President, on April Fools day we turned his whole office totally upside down (pictures, chairs, couch, everything - except the desk). I don't think Frank thought it too funny at the time, I hope on reflection today he does. Also as a member of the Student Host Group, under the guidance of Gayle King, I had the opportunity to meet many UofL supporters at Dr. Donald Swain's receptions. I'm sure many of my cohorts will remember our escapades following these events which were such fun. Again it was with the support of my friends who suggested that I become further involved in this group to expand my college experience.

I could not have asked for a better college experience than the one I had at the University of Louisville. The education I received helped prepare me for my future, my extra activities provided me the fundamentals of leadership and friends that I cherish to this day.


A&S Memories of the 1990s

David Fawcett

  • Graduation year: 1994
  • Years attended 1984-94
  • Major: Physics
  • Minor: Math

I'll never forget the night in 1986 when the basketball team won the national championship. You usually don't see that many people excited about being on a college campus, but we really loved our school that night (until someone set a couch on fire on 3rd street).

What I'm doing now:

Because of UofL, I've found that I feel right at home on a college campus. I've been an Associate Professor of Physics & Mathematics for the last ten years.


A&S Memories of the 2000s

Celucien Joseph
  • Graduation year: 2004
  • Double major in French Language & Literature and Humanities (Religious Studies)
  • M.A. French language & Literature
Favorite Professors

Dr. Hudson, Professor of Pan-African Studies helped me to understand about the importance of multicultural education. Dr Charles Pooser, Professor of French lead me in a research paper to appreciate bilingual education.


My favorites memories were when I was a part of classroom discussions with Drs. Hudson and Pooser in discussions pertaining to slavey, slave-trade,school integration, multicultural and bilingual education.

What I'm doing now:

I am presently a High school French teacher in Fort Worth, Tx. I will be starting doctoral study in the fall semester, 2007.