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Due to inclement weather, UK will be operating on Plan B for Thursday, March 5th and Friday, March 6th. Please contact the library location you intend to visit before traveling. Current open/closed information is below.

Confirmed Open: William T. Young Library will open at 10 am and will close at 8 pm on Thursday, March 5th and Friday, March 6th.

Confirmed Closed March 5th & 6th: Agricultural Information Center, Design, Education, Little Fine Arts, Medical Center, Morris, Science, Special Collections Research Center, Shaver Engineering, and Transportation.

Service points in William T. Young Library for Thursday, March 5th and 6th:
AV Services will be closed.
Reference and PNM desks will open at 10 am.
The UK Writing Center is closed, but scheduled clients should check their email for e-tutoring options.

University of Kentucky Libraries National Advisory Board Members


The University of Kentucky Libraries National Advisory Board serves as an external advisory body to the Dean of Libraries. Members of the Council have attained prominence in their respective careers and are chosen for their value in providing sound counsel to the Dean. Membership includes both alumni and friends of the University of Kentucky, with an active interest in UK Libraries.


Board Members:

Gail Hart, President, Lexington, KY
LuAnnette Butler, Vice President, Clarksville, TN

Bess Abell, Potomac, MD
Martha-Ann Alito, Alexandria, VA
Jonathan Allison, Lexington, KY
Clay Ford, Owensboro, KY
Michelle Gardner, Lexington, KY
Marie E. Hochstrasser, Lexington, KY
Kathy Johnson, Lexington, KY
Brenda Lampton, Lexington, KY
Billy Lanter, Lexington, KY
Jan Miles, Union, KY
William Miles, Union, KY
Jennie Lou Penn, Frankfort, KY
Angela Rice, Lexington, KY
Anne G. Ritchie, Bethesda, MD
Wood Simpson Lexington, KY,
Alan Sullivan, Union, KY
Sharon Thelin, Lexington, KY
Laurance B. VanMeter, Lexington, KY
Charles T. Wethington, Lexington, KY
Harvie Wilkinson, Lexington, KY
John van Willigen, Lexington, KY


Bess Clements AbellBess Clements Abell is a native of Morganfield, Kentucky where her father Earle C. Clements served as Sheriff, County Clerk, and County Judge.  Her father later served as State Senator, U.S. Representative, Governor of Kentucky, and United States Senator. She attended public schools in Kentucky and Washington, D.C. when her father served in Congress.  She graduated from Ward-Belmont High School in Nashville, Tennessee.  She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Political Science.

In 1960 Bess served on the Presidential Inaugural Committee.  She became Secretary to Lady Bird Johnson in 1960 and held that position until 1963 when she became White House Social Secretary.  Between 1969 and 1976 she planned special events and served as Executive Director of the Democratic Governors’ Conference.

In 1977 Bess became Executive Assistant to Joan Mondale in the Office of the Vice-President.  Afterwards, she established Bess Abell Enterprises, a public relations firm in Washington, D.C.  Since 1990 she and her husband Tyler Abell have developed Merry-Go-Round Farm, a unique residential community near Washington, D.C.

Bess and Tyler have two sons and four grandchildren. Bess enjoys horseback riding, gardening and scuba diving.

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Martha-Ann Bomgardner AlitoMartha-Ann Bomgardner Alito was born in Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Her father's Air Force career took her to the Azores, Texas, France, Maine and New Jersey during her childhood. She completed a B.A. in comparative literature in the UK College of Arts and Sciences, and an M.A. in library science in the School of Library and Information Science. She worked as a reference librarian at Neptune Public Library in Neptune, New Jersey; a librarian at the United States Attorney's Office in Newark, New Jersey; Head of Reference at the U.S. Department of Justice; and Library Director at Congressional Quarterly.  Martha-Ann is active in volunteer activities including the Wounded Warriors program with Walter Reed Hospital, participating as a judge in the Ethics Bowl at Marymount College, and serving on the Board of the Children’s Inn at NIH.  

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Jonathan AllisonJonathan Allison (PhD, University of Michigan) is Associate Professor of English at the University of Kentucky and chair of the Editorial Board of the University Press of Kentucky. He teaches courses in Modern British and Irish Literature and has worked closely with UK Special Collections on book and manuscript exhibitions. He has been a Visiting Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and was formerly Director of the W.B.Yeats International Summer School, Sligo, Ireland. His edited books include Yeats’s Political Identities (1996); Patrick Kavanagh (1996); Contemporary Poetry and Culture (with Andrew Roberts, 2002); and Bound for the 1890s: Essays on Writing and Publishing in Honor of James G. Nelson (2006). His annotated edition of Letters of Louis MacNeice (Faber and Faber) was published in 2010.

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LuAnnette ButlerLuAnnette Butler is semi-retired and is doing private counseling pro bono work.  Born in Fayette County, Lexington, Kentucky,  she graduated from Great Crossing High School and received her BA in Business Education in 1959 at the University of Kentucky, MA from Georgetown College, 1968 in Elementary Education; Counseling, and Ed.D. from Tennessee State University, Counseling Psychology. She previously taught 12 years at Georgetown College, 2 1/2 years at Lexington Technical Institute and 15 years at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN.  Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of School Counselor Education. 2009-2010 served as President, Tennessee Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.  Lu Annette is a member of the Faculty Senate, Austin Peay State University.

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Clay FordClay Ford represents the fourth generation of Fords involved in their family business.  

He serves as the president of the financial planning department of E.M. Ford & Co., specializing in retirement, investment and estate planning for businesses and families.  He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BBA in Finance and a BBA in Management.  He holds both a Series 7 and 66 license.  Clay is the former Chairman of the Board for the Owensboro Area Museum of Science and History and is currently a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, the Citizens Committee on Education, the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, the Owensboro Estate Planning Council, and The Wendell Foster’s Campus for Developmental Disabilities Board of Directors.  He also serves as an elected member of the State Central Executive Committee of the KY Democratic Party.  He has been married to his wife Diane for 8 years.  They have a 5 year old daughter, Whitley, and 2 year old son, John Clay.

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Clay FordMichelle Milby Gardner is financial manager at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church. A graduate of Georgetown College, she has a Master of Library Science from Indiana University and a Master of Public Administration from U.K. She has held administrative posts in various non-profits: General Manager at the Lexington Ballet and at the Louisville Children’s Theatre; Head of Acquisitions at the UK Library, and Deputy Commissioner at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Volunteer activity includes past presidency of the Lexington Children’s Theatre; board member of the Fayette Cooperating Nursery School and Kindergarten; board member of the Spanish Immersion parent support group; and director of a reading program for at risk second graders. Michelle was born in Lexington and reared in London, Ky. She is married to Jim Gardner, and they have a son, Will, a student at Hanover College.

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HartGail Hendrickson Hart, a graduate of the University of Evansville, Indiana, earned her M.S.S.W. from the University of Louisville, followed by a career as a clinical social worker, A.C.S.W. She is serving her second term as President of the University of Kentucky Libraries National Advisory Board. Gail is a member of Good Shepherd Church and Society, UK’s Women and Philanthropy, UK Fellows, UK Art Museum Collectors, the National Society of Arts and Letters, the Henry Clay Society, the Thomas D. Clark Society, the Blue Grass Trust, and the Headley-Whitney Museum. She also contributes to other community organizations and institutions of higher education across Kentucky/Indiana. She is married to Daniel B. Featherston.

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Marie E. Hochstrasser Marie E. Hochstrasser grew up in Philadelphia, attended Smith College (`48), the California College of Arts and Crafts, received a BA from UCLA, and a Masters Degree at the University of Oregon in Art Education & Textile Research.  She moved to Lexington KY in 1960, taught Art Education at Transylvania for 4 years and later taught  Art Ed at UK for 10 years, as well as a weaving course at Asbury College.  She had a retail shop for 12 years in weaving, spinning and knitting.  During this time Marie served as President of the Lexington Art League 2 terms, as President of the KY Guild of Artists & Craftsmen 3 terms, was one of the organizers of The Fiber Guild of Lexington Inc. and President 3 times.  She was instrumental in the founding of the Bluegrass Printmakers Cooperative in 2004 located in the Basement of Artsplace.

Marie was one of a small group who launched the Lexington Arts & Cultural Council in the early 70s.  Later she collected 20 signatures on a document of those willing to loan the Council funds to the purchase a building; Marie was the signer of the purchase of the 1912 YMCA (now “Artsplace”), while she was serving as President in 1978 for 2 years.  She has received Grants from LACC, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women for weaving projects, relative to Appalachia and to tapestry, and for documentation of her own work in fiber.  In 2005, she received the 10th Rude Osolnik Award given by the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft for a lifetime contribution in vision and energy, fostering awareness of Kentucky’s heritage in handcraft, community arts development and artistic achievement in fiber art forms.  She has served on the Libraries National Advisory Board for several years.

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Kathy JohnsonKathy Johnson

The University of Kentucky is a recurring motif in my life.  It first appears in 1960 when my father became an original faculty member of the UK Medical School and thus the Rees family removed to Lexington where I have lived ever since.  In 1977 I received my B.A. in art history from the University.  Forwarding ahead to 1984, David Johnson and I were married and the theme repeats, as David is professor (now emeritus) in the UK mathematics department. It was back to the UK hospital when Jacob (1987) and Mary (1989) were born.

My involvement with the UK Libraries began with a desire to support artists and the Art Library (now integrated into the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library).  David and I helped fund the development of an art collection for the Little Library featuring Kentucky artists.  In the last 15 years, the desire to create my own art has evolved and I am actively painting and teaching.  I have served on the Libraries National Advisory Board for the last dozen or so years.  It has been an amazing opportunity for learning and is a wonderful way to support an institution, which in turn, supports and enhances life in this Commonwealth and beyond.

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Brenda Mitchell Lampton Brenda Mitchell Lampton is a native of Woodford County where she and 3 brothers grew up on a tobacco and cattle farm located on Old Frankfort Pike.

She is a 1970 graduate of Woodford County High School and a 1974 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in accounting.  After graduation, she relocated to Cincinnati where she had a 22 year career with Proctor & Gamble. Her husband, Bill Seiferth, passed in 2004. Brenda moved back to Lexington in 2006 to start a new chapter in life and be closer to the family.

She met Don Lampton, a Louisville native and retired research psychologist (University of Louisville grad), at a golf outing in Pinehurst, N.C. in May, 2008.  They were married in May 2010.  Don and Brenda enjoy golfing, fishing, kayaking, splitting the year living part-time in Florida and Lexington.

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Billy Lanter Billy Lanter was raised in Lexington, KY and received a BBA in Finance and a BS in Accounting from the University of Kentucky.  While a student at UK, he joined the Kentucky National Guard where he served for six years, spending time on both active duty and reserve status.  Mr. Lanter is currently employed as a Fiduciary Investment Advisor with Unified Trust, a locally based national trust company.  Prior to joining Unified Trust, he served as a Wealth Management Advisor for one of the largest banks in the country.  He is both a Registered Paraplanner through the College for Financial Planning and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® through the Center for Fiduciary Studies.  Mr. Lanter is active in the community where he serves as treasurer for a local non-profit organization and actively volunteers with Junior Achievement where he teaches financial literacy to middle school students.

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Bob MayJanice Markert Miles is currently retired and doing private tutoring for high school and college age students. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Jan graduated from Caldwell County High School in Princeton, Kentucky and received a BA in elementary education with an endorsement in kindergarten in 1976 and an MA in elementary education in 1981 from the University of Kentucky. She began her career in education in Shelbyville, Kentucky in 1976 where she educated children for 34 years. During the last few years of her career, Jan became very interested in the technological facet of education and assumed the role of Technology Coordinator. It was during this time that she was instrumental in developing a technology school-to-work program, which included a tv production department, as well as a computer diagnostic and repair team, all with elementary school age children. She has served on numerous educational, community, and church committees and boards.

While at the University of Kentucky she met and married her husband Bill. They have one daughter Holly, a son-in- law Brandon and two grandsons Brandt and Judson. A lifetime member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, Jan now resides in Union, Kentucky.

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Bob MayWilliam (Bill) Miles was born and raised on a dairy and tobacco farm in Shelby County, Ky. He was active in 4H, FFA and sports at Shelby County High School prior to attending and graduating from the University of Kentucky with BS in Animal Science in 1975. While at UK he represented the College of Agriculture on the UK Student Senate. He is a life time member of the UK Alumni Association and the College of Agriculture Alumni Association. After a short time on the family farm, Bill joined Farm Credit Services for 8 years before joining PNC Bank where he has worked in the credit and corporate banking groups for the last 28 years. During this time he has been a very active part of the community by serving on community boards, civic clubs, and church related boards and activities.

He is currently located in the Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Market where he serves as a Senior Vice President. Bill and his wife and fellow board member, Jan, live in Union, Ky. They are the proud parents of a daughter, Holly, son-in-law Brandon and are the grandparents of two boys, Brandt and Judson.

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Jennie Lou PennJennie Lou Penn a native of Glasgow, Kentucky, spent two years as a Staff Assistant to the President of the United States after attending the University of Kentucky. She later worked for the Council of State Governments staffing the Conferences of Chief Justices and

the National and Association of Attorneys General.  After marrying John Scott Penn and having three daughters, Jennie began a career in real estate where she became active in the Lexington Board of Realtors, serving in several offices before retiring in 2000.

Jennie has been active in several community and statewide organizations over the years, including eleven years as Chairman of the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, Inc., which restored and maintains the Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington, as well as the Board of Directors of the Albert B. Chandler Scholarship Foundation, the Kentucky  Heritage Council, the Kentucky Executive Mansion Protection Foundation, Inc, and co-chair of the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Foundation which was instrumental in endowing the Louie B. Nunn Oral History Center at  the University of Kentucky. Jennie and her husband are avid gardeners.

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Angela RiceAngela Rice, who earned a BA from the University of Louisville, has spent more than 25 years working as a community volunteer.  In addition, she co-founded, directed, and taught at the Ashland School of Music, and served on the Lexington Philharmonic Board as Vice-President of Education. She also was a founding member of the University of Kentucky's fund-raising organization, The Friends of Music. Angela served as an Executive Board member for the UK Opera Society and chaired the UK Opera Theatre Workshop for two consecutive years. 

Through the UK Libraries in 1990, Angela established a special endowment fund to provide a collection of books and materials on Child Development, named in the honor of her daughter, Ellen Rice. Since 1991, Angela has been a member and a past President of the UK Libraries National Advisory Board. Currently, as an active board member and fundraiser for the Chrysalis House of Lexington, she works each year on the Chrysalis House's 5K run held in Nicholasville in collaboration with RJ Corman and staff.

She studied voice at the New England Conservatory of Music and has performed in UK's Grand Night for Singing and in Transylvania University's Community Choral Performances. For more than ten years, she has been a member of the Schola Cantorum Choir at Christ the King.  This year, Angela became co-owner of Blackfish Golf and Hunt Club in Winchester, Kentucky.  Angela is married to N. Thomas Rice, a radiologist at Central Baptist Hospital and enjoys time with her three children and two dogs.

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Anne G. RitchieAnne G. Ritchie is senior archivist and oral historian at the National Gallery of Art.  She received Master of Arts degrees in History and Library & Information Science from the University of Kentucky.  While working at the University of Kentucky Libraries from 1977 to 1988, she directed oral history projects on a variety of topics including the Frontier Nursing Service,

John Jacob Niles, and the Christian Appalachian Project. 

After moving to the Washington area in 1988, she conducted interviews for the National Press Club.  Since 1990, she has been a member of the Gallery Archives, where she directs an oral history program on the history and functioning of the National Gallery.  She has also served as president of the Oral History Association and as vice president of the International Oral History Association.

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Wood Simpson

Wood Simpson was born in Lexington, the son of Henry Clay Simpson and Louisiana Gibson Wood, and graduated from Lafayette High School.  Following graduation from Vanderbilt University and a tour of duty in the US Navy, he became a newspaper reporter and editor, working for several daily newspapers (The Lexington Leader, The Miami Herald, The Tucson Daily Citizen) and the Associated Press.  In 1991, he founded Post Time Productions, today a prominent video production company in the state, and he is also the owner of Circle Creek Farm, devoted to breeding and racing Thoroughbreds.  He is married to Dr. Mary Lloyd Ireland and has one son, Hart Wood Simpson of Louisville, and a grandson, George Clay Simpson. 

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Alan SullivanAlan Sullivan (AIA, ACHA) is Director of Healthcare Studio for KZF Design, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Mr. Sullivan is a 1976 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Architecture and a native of Lexington, Kentucky currently living in Union, Kentucky.  Alan and wife Jan are Henry Stites Barker fellows and lifetime UK Alumni members.  Alan has provided funding and other support to UK Libraries for the Claude Sullivan Digital Collection and the UK Big Blue Sports Archives. Alan is past President of Ashland Terrace Retirement Home, AIA Kentucky and the Eastern Kentucky Chapter, the Kentucky Healthcare Strategy Forum, and the Bluegrass Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute. He holds certification with the American College of Healthcare Architects.

Alan and Jan were business partners in Sullivan Healthcare Collaborative, Ltd a healthcare design consulting firm working primarily in the Cincinnati, Louisville, and Lexington markets.  Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. Sullivan has been involved in healthcare design for both national and regional firms over the past 30 years.

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Sharon ThelinSharon Thelin is a native of Lexington and a graduate of UK, with a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Education and Library Science.  She has lived in Nashville, Boston and the Los Angeles area, where she was associated with Scripps College for Women, one of the Claremont Colleges.   In 1981 she moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, where she worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, first, as a book editor and then as Development Writer and Researcher.  Her responsibilities included overseeing all federal grants and working closely with the Raleigh Tavern Society, Colonial Williamsburg’s major donor group.  Since returning to Lexington Sharon has served in leadership roles with the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, the Lexington Antiques and Garden Show, and the Lexington Philharmonic.  She was a founding member of the Friends of the UK Art Museum and the Lexington Antiques Dealers Association.  Her interests include fine printing and rare books, early 20th-century decorative and fine arts, American garden history, and architecture.  She is married to Professor John R. Thelin.

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Laurance VanMeter Laurance VanMeter was elected to the Court of Appeals in November 2003 to serve Division 1 of the 5th Appellate District.  He was re-elected to the Court of Appeals in November 2006.  Judge VanMeter currently serves as Court of Appeals representative on the Ethics Committee of the Kentucky Judiciary.  Born in Lexington in 1958, Judge VanMeter grew up in Winchester.  He received his undergraduate degree in 1980 from Vanderbilt University and his law degree in 1983 from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Kentucky Law Journal.  Judge VanMeter practiced law with the Lexington firm Stoll, Keenon & Park from 1983 to 1994.  From 1994 to 1999, he served as district judge in Fayette County, Division 1 of the 22nd Judicial District.  Judge VanMeter was appointed to the Fayette Circuit Court Bench in 1999.  Judge VanMeter has been actively involved in a number of community organizations, including Little League Baseball, Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs of America and Parents’ Place.  Judge VanMeter is not only a supporter or U.K. Libraries, but a frequent user as well for his genealogical pursuits.

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Charles T. Wethington, Jr.Charles T. Wethington, Jr. served as President of the University of Kentucky from 1990 to 2001. His eleven-year tenure witnessed marked physical growth and an impressive enhancement in academic stature on the part of the institution he served nearly his entire career, including the $58-million William T. Young Library.

Dr. Wethington attended Brescia College from 1952 to1954, received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with a double major in English and History, from Eastern Kentucky University in 1956.  In 1958-59  he studied Russian at Syracuse University.  His Master of Arts (1962) and Ph.D degree (1966)-in Education-were received from the University of Kentucky. 

From 1957 to 1961 he served in the United States Air Force Security Service as a crypto-linguist, and from 1959 to the latter year he taught Air Force evening classes at Misawa Air Base, in Japan.  Before coming to the University of Kentucky he taught English from 1962-1964 in the San Juan, California school system.

In 1965-1966 Wethington taught Human Growth and Development at UK, as an Instructor, and in 1966 and 1967 he served as Acting Director of the Lexington Technical Institute.  A four-year appointment as the first Director of Maysville Community College, in the University's Community College System, followed in 1967. In 1971 he was appointed Assistant Vice President for the Community College System, a position he held until 1981, when he was named to head the System, with the title of Vice President. Following the 1982 administrative reorganization of the University he was appointed Chancellor for the Community College System. In 1988 he was given additional administrative responsibilities and his title was changed to Chancellor for the Community College System and University  Relations.  

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Harvie B. WilkinsonHarvie B. Wilkinson is the MBA Director & Director of Executive Education Center of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky.  He most recently served as Vice President of Keeneland Association.  Prior to Keeneland, he previously was a partner in the Lexington law firm of Stoll Keenon Ogden (formerly Stoll Keenon & Park) where he specialized in commercial, banking and equine law.  He has been active in the community, previously serving on the boards of the American Red Cross, Presbyterian Housing Corporation, U.K. International Hospitality Program, and the Fayette County Board of Education, Fayette Education Foundation and United Way of the Bluegrass.  He presently serves on the boards of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Gods Pantry and the Thoroughbred Club of America.  He is also a member of the American College of Equine Attorneys.  He and his wife Nellie, who is a teacher and active community volunteer, have three children, Jack, Evie and Martha.

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John van Willigen John van Willigen served as  Professor of Anthropology at UK  from 1974 until 2008. His undergraduate education is from Uni. of Wisconsin, Madison and his PhD studies were done at the University of Arizona. Prior to his academic career he was active in Native American development efforts and was employed by the Tohono O=Odham Nation of Arizona as Director of Community Development.  John has done field research in India, rural Kentucky, and Indonesia. This work has focused on the social aging process, farming systems research, and  ethnography of farming and food ways.  This work resulted in a number of research monographs.  These are Getting = Some Age on Me: Social Organization of Older People in a Rural American Community; Social Aging in a Delhi Neighborhood (with N. K. Chadha) and he was part of the Kentucky Family Farm Oral History Project team done at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, at the UK Library. That work resulted in two books, Tobacco Culture: Farming Kentucky=s Burley Belt (with Susan C. Eastwood) and Food and Everyday Life on Kentucky Family Farms, 1920-1950 (with Anne Van Willigen).  While on the faculty at the University he received the William B. Sturgill Award for  Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education and the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching.  He has received two Fulbright awards to support research and teaching in India. He is currently researching and writing on traditional Kentucky food ways.

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