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Lynette Woodard was the brightest star to shine on the KU women’s basketball program. A four-time All-America selection and two-time academic All-American, she averaged 26 points per game during her KU career. Her 3,649 points in her four years at KU is still the all-time record in women’s...

First and Second Downs

During Women's History Month we celebrate the contributions of two Cora Downs- Grandmother and granddaughter. The first Cora was a journalist in Kansas in 1881 when she was selected to serve on the KU Board of Regents, the first woman to hold the position.  The second Cora, granddaughter Cornellia M....

University mourns death of Professor Larry Martin

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Leonard Krishtalka, director of the Biodiversity Institute, issued the following statements on the death of Professor Larry Martin: Gray-Little: “The University of Kansas and the discipline of paleontology have lost a great voice. Larry Martin’s contributions to his field cannot...

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND

He probably didn't realize how important the month between January 21 and February 18, 1930 would be. Clyde Tombaugh described the first night within the Lowell Observatory as the "worst seeing in my life before or since," when he made a photographic exposure of Planet X.  He made...

Naismith Valentine

 KUHistory.com sent a Facebook Valentine on Valentine's Day featuring James and Maude Naismith.  It is shared here for your amusement.

Former KU Basketball Standout B.H. Born Dies

All-American B.H. Born, a member of the 1952 NCAA National Championship basketball team, died on February 3, 2013, in Peoria, Ill. Born was 80. Born was originally from Medicine Lodge, KS, and played for Phog Allen at the University of Kansas between 1952-54.  The 6-foot-9 center played for three conference...

Alumnus and Benefactor Al Self Dies

Madison "Al" Self, University of Kansas alumnus and benefactor, died on January 13, 2013 in Hinsdale, Illinois.  He was 91.  A memorial service will be held at 10 am, Saturday, Jan.26, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence, Kan. Self earned his bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from the KU School of Engineering...

Francis H. Heller

Long-term University of Kansas faculty member and administrator Francis H. Heller died on January 9, 2013.  He spent 55 years working at the University of Kansas, beginning as an Assistant Professor of Political Science between 1948-51.  He also served as the Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Law and Political...

Dr. William T. Fitzsimons

Burlington Re-Discovers Hero

Although the KU Memorial Unions mention him on the KUHistory.com website, and his picture and name are on the walls here at the Kansas Union, apparently William T. Fitzsimons' history was forgotten, for a time, in his hometown of Burlington, KS.  Read about Burlington's ceremony to recognize this World...

A Star Shines for the First Time

It's been fifty-six years since the Big Dipper took to the hardwood at the University of Kansas.  Due to freshman ineligibility rules of the time, Wilt Chamberlain's first appearance was as a sophomore.  Today we are very happy with a new member of the team scoring as many as...

Jay Doc Mascot Receives New Home

KUHistory.com, the KU Med Store and the KU Medical Center Archives have teamed together to give the original Jay Doc mascot costume a new home in the Orr-Major building, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, on the KU Medical School campus. The refurbished costume will be placed in a new display case...