Hall of Distinguished Alumni
Members of the Class of 2015 in the UK Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni include,
front row, (l-r), Peter Perlman, Dr. James W. May, Joyce Hamilton Berry, Beverly Moore Eaves Perdue, Terence Hunt, and Jack Guthrie,
middle row, (l-r), Dr. Jeffrey P. Okeson, Amy L. Bondurant, Ted Strickland, Timothy A. Byers, Dr. Ernest Lee Fletcher, Thomas B. Deen, and Thomas W. Lewis,
and back row,
(l-r), L. Berkley Davis Jr., Brady J. Deaton, W. Rodney McMullen, Jennifer Burcham Coffman, Stephen B. Bright, Howard L. Lewis, and R. Milton Huffaker.
Inductee Dr. Ardis Hoven was not present.
The late Holloway Fields Jr. and the late Richard E. Whitt were also inducted.
Discussed as early as 1957, the Hall of Distinguished Alumni of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association was established along with the construction of the Helen G. King Alumni House in 1963. The Hall pays tribute to those UK alumni who have distinguished themselves and their alma mater through their contribution to the welfare of the commonwealth and nation in arts, sciences, business, industry, engineering, journalism, politics, military science, religion, agriculture, labor or other fields of endeavor.
The original selection of inductees of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni included 85 in 1963. Two years later in 1965, 39 inductees were chosen and the first official recognition ceremony of the members took place that year in conjunction with the university’s Centennial Anniversary. Additional inductees included three in 1967, 19 in 1970, 21 in 1975, 11 in 1980, 13 in 1985, 13 in 1989, 20 in 1995, 20 in 2000, 19 in 2005, 20 in 2010 and 23 in 2015. A total of 306 alumni have been inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni through 2015.
A room was designated in the Helen G. King Alumni House as the Hall of Distinguished Alumni so the association could present visual evidence to the students of the university, its own alumni and the citizens of the Commonwealth of the outstanding men and women who received their college training at the University of Kentucky. For several decades, the Ballroom of the Helen G. King Alumni House contained the photographs and brief biographical information on each of the members. During a renovation of the facility in 1998, the photos were removed and a plaque containing only the names and years of graduation was designed and placed on the wall.
In 2010, the plaque was moved to the first floor hallway to provide enhanced visibility to visitors. In 2015, a wall wrap displaying the photos, names and years of degrees was installed in the hallway.
2020 Hall of Distinguished Alumni Online Nomination Form
* Indicates alum is deceased
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