Two sides of a Jayhawk love story | Terry and Sharon

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Whether it was in the midst of Budig 320 or over a crunchy chicken cheddar wrap at the Market, hanging out on Wescoe Beach or at a network watch party years later, countless Jayhawks owe their marriage to their time on the Hill. We’re sharing some of our favorite stories this week in anticipation of Valentine’s Day on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Sharon (Coffeen) Leatherman, j’81, and Terry Leatherman, j’81

Tom and Sharon Leatherman | www.kualumni.orgSometimes, there are two sides to the how-we-met story, as is the case for the Leathermans. But no matter who tells it, the story ends the same way.

“My husband, Terry, recalls that he first saw me sitting on the floor outside of a classroom in then-Flint Hall, waiting for class. He clearly remembers this and claims I was wearing a dress, instead of the usual jeans that I wore on campus. I cannot imagine why I would have had on a dress and hose for class, but okay, I’ll go with it!

However, my memory is different. I first met Terry behind Wescoe Hall, walking up the hill to Flint. I had just purchased a soda from the snack bar at Wescoe, and Terry was walking behind me.  He had on a navy sweater with Sigma Nu letters, and said, “Well, hello!” as we headed to class.  Both of these events occurred in the fall of 1978.

I also worked for Terry in the news department at KJHK 90.7 FM, The Sound Alternative, during 1979 and 1980.  I do believe that we accomplished more flirting than actual news reporting.”

The Leathermans are proud that their daughter carried on their Jayhawk tradition. Robin Leatherman, c’14, earned a degree in applied behavioral science from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

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