Treasures old and new make the perfect gift for alumnus

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Future Jayhawks courtesy of David Andersen |
David Andersen’s daughter, Kristen Stokes, scored big points with her dad on his recent birthday by creating a gift that incorporated subjects near and dear to his heart: his alma mater and two of his three granddaughters.

David Andersen during his college years | www.kualumni.orgDuring his KU years, Andersen, j’71, regularly drove from his Wichita home to Lawrence in his stylish Austin Healey. To declare his allegiance—and stow belongings that wouldn’t fit in the car’s tiny hatch—he adorned a trunk with Jayhawks and strapped it on top.

Kristen discovered the relic in her dad’s basement and hit on the perfect birthday gift: She restored the trunk, dressed her 16-month-old twins, Charlotte and Maggie, in crimson and blue, and took some priceless photos that her dad, a Life Member, happily shared with the Alumni Association.

Charlotte, left in the photo, and Maggie were born in the same minute, Granddad boasts, but the rank of eldest granddaughter belongs to 17-month-old Olivia Fleury, whose mother, Elizabeth, is Anderson’s other daughter. “We effectively have triplets,” Andersen says. “From zero to three, just like that!”

Though Kristen graduated from the University of Georgia and Elizabeth from Auburn, their dad has high hopes for Charlotte, Maggie and Olivia. We suspect their Rock Chalk wardrobes will continue to grow through the years.

—Jennifer Jackson Sanner

Although it’s spring and thoughts of winter and Santa are far from our minds, we couldn’t resist sharing another photo provided by Andersen: last December’s shot of his three granddaughters on Santa’s lap.

Future Jayhawks with Santa, courtesy of David Andersen |

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