Gold Medal Club

Gold Medal Club

Celebrating 50-plus years as a KU graduate.

The Gold Medal Club welcomes alumni on their 50th anniversary of graduation. Each year in April, the Club hosts a Gold Medal Club luncheon during Alumni Reunion Weekend to elect the slate of new officers and recognize class members who have not yet received their gold pin.

The 2017 Alumni Reunion Weekend was held on April 7-8, 2017. Information about the 2018 reunion will be available at a later date.

If you have questions, please contact Michelle Lang, director of alumni programs, at michellem@kualumni.org or 785.864.9769 (toll free 800.584.2957).

Active membership in the KU Alumni Association is encouraged. If you are not a current member, please consider joining to support our ability to host future reunion events. If you have questions about your membership status, please contact the Alumni Association at 785.864.4760 or 800.584.2957.


History of the Gold Medal Club

KU alumni who had passed their 50th class anniversary met for the first time in 1929. They agreed to hold such Senior Alumni Reunions every five years, a schedule they followed in 1934 and 1939. In the interim years, they were guests at the 50-year class reunions.

During the war year of 1944 the group did not meet, but in 1949 members formed the Gold Medal Club, as we now know it. The Club met for the first time at a dinner on June 5, 1949, with Professor E. F. Engel, 1892 graduate, as toastmaster and arrangements committee chairman. Approximately 50 people attended.

The Club’s purposes, as stated at its founding, are “to hold annual meetings at Commencement for social enjoyment and for the transaction of the business of the club, to seek ways and means of furthering the interests of the alma mater and to offer counsel in any matters affecting those interests, and to lend support to projects pertaining to University welfare.”

More than 50 years later, the Club continues to thrive and welcome new members.


2017 Officers and Counselors

President
Audrey Hansen Langworthy, d’60, g’62, Prairie Village

First Vice President
Don Johnston, b’56, l’66, Lawrence

Second Vice President
Judy Duncan Stanton, a’61, Prairie Village

Counselors to 2017

Counselors to 2016
Martha “Marty” Fee, c’55, Hutchinson
Harry Gibson, e’64, g’66, Lawrence

Ex-Officio Members
Warren Corman, e’50, Lawrence
E. Allen “Al” Kelley, d’54, Lawrence
Eleanor Hawkinson Lowe, c’57, Mission Hills
Kala Mays Stroup, c’59, g’64, PhD’74, Lawrence
Mary Turkington, j’46, Topeka
Barbara Bateman Wunsch, d’55, Kingman

Advisory Board
William “Bill” Benso, e’58, Lawrence
Dick Bond, c’57, l’60, Overland Park
Marilyn Mundon Breidenthal, d’57, Leawood
William “Bill” M. Hougland, b’52, Lawrence
Beverly Jennings Logan, c’52, s’83, Olathe
Gary W. Padgett, b’55, Greenleaf
Diane Worthington Simpson, c’57, l’83, Lawrence


Past Presidents of the Gold Medal Club

1949 – Professor E.F. Engel, 1892 (Chairman)
1950 – Irving Hill, c1896
1951 – C.C. Brown, 1896
1952 – John Kane, 1900
1953 – Hugh Means, l1895
1954 – Porter Fones, 1900, 1902
1955 – Herman Langworthy, c1902, g1903
1956 – Leslie J. Lyons, l1900
1957 – Carmie Wolfe, 1903
1958 – Clare Cowley, c1904
1959 – C. Dodds, c1904
1960 – John Gage, 1907
1961 – Dr. Milton B. Miller, c1908
1962 – John W. Lapham, 1907
1963 – John B. Gage, 1907
1964 – N.T. “Tom” Veatch, e1909
1965 – Edward L. Griffin, c1911, e1912, g1913
1966 – Ralph Scamell, e1911
1967 – Albert P. Learned, e1910, g’30
1968 – Edward Boddington, a’14, l’16
1969 – Kenneth Dodderidge, l’17
1970 – Kenneth Dodderidge, l’17
1971 – J. Neale Carman, c’17, g’21
1972 – Edwin F. Price, c’19
1973 – Carl V. Rice, l’18
1974 – Arthur C. Lonborg, l’21
1975 – Ernst Uhrlaub, c’21, g’40
1976 – Spencer Gard, l’22
1977 – Paul Endacott, e’23
1978 – Kelvin Hoover, c’23
1979 – Virginia Docking Rice, d’24
1980 – Raymond Nichols, c’26, g’28
1981 – John W. “Twink” Starr, c’27

 

 

1982 – Louise Saltmarsh Baltis, c’24
Balfour Jeffrey, c’28
1984 – A.H. “Red” Cromb, b’30
1985 – Laurence C. Woodruff, c’24, g’30
1986 – Ted Sanborn, b’26
1987 – Josephine Rankin, d’31
1988 – Henry Shenk, d’28
1989 – Elizabeth Jeffrey Jenkins, c’32
1990 – Ernest J. Gilles, b’33
1991 – Marjorie Stacy Nation, d’33
1992 – Paul Wilbert, c’36, l’38
1993 – William H. Avery, c’34
1994 – Elmer C. Jackson, Jr., c’33, l’35
1995 – Robert Quinn Rohde, c’39
1996 – Mildred Clodfelter, b’41
1997 – John M. Wall, b’28, l’31
1998 – Ray (Ping) Senate, c’34
1999 – Claudine (Scottie) Scott Lingelbach, b’44
2000 – Charles “Chuck” Wright, f’41
2001 – Lee W. Huddleston, b’41
2002 – Elon M. Torrence, j’39
2003 – Judge Richard D. “Dick” Rogers, l’47
2004 – Mary E. Turkington, j’46
2005 – Glee S. Smith, Jr., c’43, l’47
2006 – Larry Winn, Jr., c’41
2007 – Otto O. Schnellbacher, Sr., d’48
2008 – Dick Wintermote, c’51
2009 – Don Fambrough, d’48
2010 – William “Bill” M. Hougland, b’52
2011 – Beverly Jennings Logan, c’52, s’83
2012 – Gary W. Padgett, b’55
2013 – Dick Bond, c’57, l’60
2014 – Marilyn Mundon Breidenthal, d’57
2015 – William “Bill” Benso, e’58
2016 – Roger D. Warren, c’54, m’57
2017 – Audrey Hansen Langworthy, d’60, g’62, Prairie Village