KU, Lawrence To Rename Stretches of Two Streets After Don Fambrough
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas and the City of Lawrence will rename stretches of two streets after former KU football coach and player Don Fambrough at a ceremony on Saturday, April 28.
The ceremony, which will feature KU officials, Lawrence City Commissioner Hugh Carter and Fambrough’s son Preston, will take place at 11:15 a.m. at what is now the intersection of 11th and Maine Streets.
The Lawrence City Commission voted in March of 2012 to rename 11th Street, from Mississippi Street to Missouri Street, Fambrough Drive. KU will rename the stretch of Maine Street behind the Memorial Stadium press box Fambrough Way.
Fambrough passed away last September at the age of 88. The beloved Jayhawk guided KU football for eight seasons in two different stints. Known for the profound effect he had on his players, he was equally known for his passionate love for KU and Lawrence – and his professed dislike for the University of Missouri.
“Don Fambrough was an icon – not just on the KU campus, but across the state of Kansas,” said Kansas Director of Athletics Sheahon Zenger. “He wore his passion for KU on his sleeve, and every day he proudly demonstrated his love for Kansas Football and Kansas Athletics. He loved his players, and they played their hearts out for him.”
“The City Commission and numerous community members were supportive of the decision to rename this section of 11th Street after Don Fambrough,” City Commissioner Carter said. “Don was a long-time proponent of the University and the Lawrence community. He was dedicated to his work with Kansas Athletics, but was also a passionate volunteer and fundraiser.”