Gold Medal Club Reunion

Gold Medal Club Reunion 2018

Gold Medal Club Reunion

Celebrating 50-plus years as a KU graduate.

The Gold Medal Club welcomes alumni on their 50th anniversary of graduation. Each year, the Club hosts a Gold Medal Club Reunion to celebrate our alumni who have surpassed 50 years of graduation and to elect the slate of new officers.


The 2020 Gold Medal Club Reunion is May 15-16, 2020.

The KU Alumni Association invites members of the Class of 1970 and the Gold Medal Club, those who have surpassed their 50-year anniversary of graduation, to attend the 2020 Gold Medal Club Reunion.

All events listed are open to all reunion attendees. Those from the Class of 1970 will receive their Gold Medal Club pins. If you are a member of a previous class and haven’t yet received your pin, we will be happy to provide one to you at the reunion.





The Class of 1970 was one of a few classes unable to walk down the Hill at Commencement due to weather. We have worked with the University of Kansas to arrange for the Class of 1970 to finally walk down the Hill this year with the Class of 2020.

If you plan to participate in Commencement, you are required to wear regalia. To make the process easier, we have coordinated with the KU Bookstore to allow you to order your regalia as part of your reunion registration.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 15

Hospitality & Check-in: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Adams Alumni Center
Pick up reunion materials and name tags, visit with fellow alumni and enjoy an exhibit curated by KU Libraries featuring materials from 1970.

Campus Bus Tour: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Sold out
Bus departs/returns at Adams Alumni Center
This tour, led by University architect Jim Modig, a’73, is a terrific way to get a glimpse of notable KU landmarks and see how the campus has changed. Cost: $5. Limit 35.

Reunion Kickoff Luncheon: Noon – 1 p.m.
Adams Alumni Center
Enjoy lunch and a performance by Sassy Mae and the Cornertones. Cost: $15.

KU Honors Student Panel Discussion: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Adams Alumni Center
Interact with some of KU’s brightest students from the KU Honors Program. Hear about how life has changed and stayed the same. Cost: free.

Quantrill’s Raid Bus Tour: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Bus departs/returns at Adams Alumni Center
A local historian will guide you on William Quantrill’s destructive path through Lawrence. Cost: $10. Limit 35.

Dole Institute of Politics Tour: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m
Dole Institute of Politics
Go behind the scenes to see where one of the country’s largest congressional collections are stored. The public education coordinator will take you on an in-depth look at the Dole Institute and Archives. The museum gallery highlights Senator Bob Dole’s legacy and career, is home to the world’s largest stained glass American flag, Veteran’s Memory Wall with over 1,000 pictures of Kansas WWII veterans, and two beams from the World Trade Center, a memorial to the victims of 9-11. Cost: free. Limit 30.

Evolution of KU Discussion: 3:15 p.m.
Adams Alumni Center
Professors John Rury & Bill Tuttle will discuss the changes that have occurred at KU since the 1960s as it became a nationally renowned research university, while maintaining excellence in teaching, athletics and service to the state. There will also be a screening of a short video from 1969. Cost: free.

Saturday, May 16

Mortar Board Alumni Reunion Breakfast: 9 a.m
Adams Alumni Center
Reconnect with Mortar Board alumni while giving special recognition to the University of Kansas Torch Chapter’s fifty-year members. Contact Sue Geoffrion Neverve for information at

Check-in: 10 a.m – 11:30 a.m.
The Oread, Griffith Ballroom
Pick up reunion materials.

Gold Medal Club Luncheon & Program: 11:30 a.m.
The Oread, Griffith Ballroom
Hear remarks from Chancellor Girod and help us welcome members of the Class of 1970 into the Gold Medal Club. Cost: $30

Spencer Research Library Tour: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. — Sold out
Knowledgeable library faculty and staff will walk you through the renovated North Gallery and will have a special exhibit displaying archived materials from the historic year of 1969-1970. Cost: free. Limit 30.

Sunday, May 17

Check-in: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Adams Alumni Center
If you haven’t picked up your pre-ordered regalia, this is your last chance to do so.

Commencement: 10:30 a.m.
The Hill
The class of 1970 was one of a handful of classes that didn’t get the opportunity to walk down the hill at graduation due to weather. This year, we have organized a special opportunity for that class to finally get their walk, 50 years later! If you are going to walk, you are required by the University to wear regalia. Cost of regalia: $35




To receive information about future reunion events, make sure your alumni record is up to date.

If you have questions, please contact Michelle Lang, director of alumni programs, at 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.


Watch the slideshow below to see pictures from the 2019 Gold Medal Club Reunion.  Photos may are available for download for personal use. Click here to access the photos on Flickr.

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50-Year Scholarship Fund

As you reflect on KU’s storied traditions and look toward the future, we want you, the Class of 1970, to create a permanent legacy. Today, we ask you to consider making a gift toward the 50-Year Class Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for deserving KU undergraduates.

About two-thirds of KU students receive financial aid. Last year, 6,000 students received endowed scholarships that totaled $31 million.

Please consider a gift of $197 or any amount significant to you. All donations made, whether to this fund or elsewhere, are tracked as part of the total gift of the Class of 1970. You are already part of KU’s proud past; we invite you to be a part of its future.

You may make your donation online at or contact Tyler Habiger, KU Endowment, 785.832.7453.

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.

2019-20 Officers and Counselors

Martha “Marty” Fee, c’55, Hutchinson

First Vice President
Harry Gibson, e’64, g’66, Lawrence

Second Vice President
Alicia Laing Salisbury, c’61, Topeka

2017 Elected Counselors
James Duncan, e’55, Leawood
Beverly Sue Brownlee, d’55, g’58, Prairie Village

2018 Elected Counselors
Marcia Fink Anderson, n’60
Don Brada, c’61, MD’65, m’72

2019 Elected Counselors
Don Culp, j’60, l’65
Sandy Praeger, d’66

Advisory Board
Kay Cronkite Barnes, d’60, Kansas City
William “Bill” Benso, e’58, Lawrence
Dick Bond, c’57, l’60, Overland Park
Warren Corman, e’50, Lawrence
Don Johnston, b’56, l’66, Lawrence
Audrey Hansen Langworthy, d’60, g’62, Prairie Village
Beverly Jennings Logan, c’52, s’83, Olathe
Eleanor Hawkinson Lowe, c’57, Mission Hills
Gary W. Padgett, b’55, Greenleaf
Diane Worthington Simpson, c’57, l’83, Lawrence
Kala Mays Stroup, c’59, g’64, PhD’74, Lawrence
Roger D. Warren, c’54, m’57, Hanover
Judy Duncan Stanton, a’61, Prairie Village

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
2018 – Don Johnston, b’56, l’66, Lawrence
2019 – Judy Duncan Stanton, a’61, Prairie Village

Plan a reunion

If you are interested in initiating a reunion for your class year, affinity or special-interest group, residence hall or living group, school or department, the Association is happy to help. For more information, check out our list of frequently asked questions or contact Michelle Lang, director of alumni programs, at 785.864.9769 or