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 elect the slate of new officers and recognize class members who have not yet received their gold pin.


The 2019 Gold Medal Club Reunion is May 3-4, 2019.

The KU Alumni Association invites members of the Class of 1969 and the Gold Medal Club, those who have surpassed their 50-year anniversary of graduation, to attend the 2019 Gold Medal Club Reunion.


Room Blocks

Best Western Plus
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Best Western Plus. Call 785.330.8009 to book your room, or book online.

Oread Hotel

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Oread Hotel. Rooms must be reserved by April 2, 2019. Call to book at 785.843.1200.

TownePlace Suites
A block of rooms has been reserverd at TownePlace Suites in downtown Lawrence. Rooms must be reserved by April 11, 2019. Call 785.842.8800 or book online.


Schedule of Events

Friday, May 3

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Hospitality and Registration | Adams Alumni Center

Pick up reunion materials and nametags, visit with fellow alumni and enjoy an exhibit curated by KU Libraries featuring materials from 1969.

10 a.m.
Campus Bus Tour | Departs/returns at Adams Alumni Center – sold out

The Lawrence campus is nationally renowned for its impressive architecture and stunning landscape. This tour, led by University architect Jim Modig, a’73, is a terrific way to get a glimpse of notable KU landmarks.
Cost: $5, limited to 35 participants

12 p.m.
Reunion Kickoff Luncheon | Adams Alumni Center

Enjoy lunch and a special performance by Sassy Mae and the Cornertones.
Cost: $15

1 p.m.
KU Honors Student Panel Discussion | Adams Alumni Center

Don’t miss the opportunity to interact with some of KU’s brightest students from the KU Honors Program. Hear about how life on the Hill has changed—and in some ways, stayed the same. There is no cost to attend.

2 p.m.
Quantril’s Raid Bus Tour | Departs/returns at Adams Alumni Center – sold out

Cost: $10, limited to 35 participants
A local historian will guide you on William Quantrill’s destructive path through Lawrence.

2 p.m.
Spencer Library Tour | Departs/returns at Adams Alumni Center

Join us for a tour of Kenneth Spencer Research Library.
Knowledgeable library faculty and staff will walk you through the University Archives, recently renovated North Gallery, and more. There is no cost to attend but the tour is limited to 30 participants.

3:30 p.m.
Screening of the 1969 senior film “Where is Yesterday” | Adams Alumni Center

Sit back, relax and watch this film written by John Hill, j’69 and edited and directed by Nicholas Eliopoulos, c’69. This event is free to attend, seating will be first come first served, no reservations will be taken.

6 p.m.
KU Baseball vs. Texas | Hoglund Ballpark

Watch the ‘Hawks take on Texas on their home field. Tickets are available here, enter promo code GMC when prompted.


Saturday, May 4

10-11 a.m.
Hospitality and Registration | Adams Alumni Center

Enjoy coffee and fellowship with other reunion attendees and Jayhawks.

11:30 a.m.
Gold Medal Club Luncheon & Program | Adams Alumni Center

Hear remarks from Chancellor Girod and help us welcome members of the Class of 1969 into the Gold Medal Club.
Cost: $25

2 p.m.
Integrated Science Building Tour | Integrated Science Building – sold out

The Integrated Science Building, the centerpiece of the $350-million, 55-acre Central District redevelopment project, open for classes and research in fall 2018. The 280,000-square-foot, $117 million building provides adaptable laboratory and teaching spaces designed to encourage learning and interdisciplinary research in chemistry, medicinal chemistry, physics, molecular biosciences and related fields. The tour will be led by Mark Reiske, a’86, director of KU’s Office of Facilities Planning and Development. There is no cost to attend but the tour is limited to 40 participants.


To receive information about future reunion events, make sure you 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 Alumni Reunion Weekend 2018. 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 1969, 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 $196.90 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 1969. 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.

2018-19 Officers and Counselors

Judy Duncan Stanton, a’61, Prairie Village

First Vice President
Martha “Marty” Fee, c’55, Hutchinson

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

2016 Elected Counselors
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

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
Mary E. Turkington, j’46, Topeka
Roger D. Warren, c’54, m’57, Hanover

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

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