June 25, 2007
Nov. 11, 1915 - June 14,
M. Stanley Wall, 91, husband of Ruby Hamm Wall, died Thursday, June
He was born Nov. 11, 1915, in Humphrey, Ky., the son of George W. and
Vernice Durham Wall. Growing up on the family farm in Casey County, he
quickly learned that work, knowledge, ambition and personal opportunity
were necessary for personal and professional success. It was that dream
for success that led him to Berea College, where he earned a bachelor's
degree in agriculture in 1938. After graduation, he established a
vocational agriculture program in Garrard County. He married Ruby Hamm
in 1939 and the next year the newlyweds moved to Jefferson County where
he developed and taught a vocational agriculture program at
Jeffersontown High School. In 1946, the family moved to Lexington where
he enrolled in the University of Kentucky and earned his master's and
doctoral degrees. He began his university career as an agricultural
education instructor and later became an associate professor in the
College of Education. He was a charter member of Farm House Fraternity,
President of the Kentucky Association in 1954. In 1956, Dr. Frank
Welch, dean of the College of Agriculture, contacted him and asked him
to apply for the position of associate dean for instruction.
During his decade as associate dean, he made many lasting
contributions to the college. For example, he improved college-student
relations, developed a first-rate counseling program, and improved
public relations efforts with farm organizations. One of his greatest
accomplishments was an alliance with the Farm Bureau Board of Directors
that resulted in the formation of the "Kentucky Blueprint Committee for
Agriculture," the committee responsible for securing the funds to build
the Agricultural Science Center. On this project, he had the
responsibility of working with the faculty and architects in developing
plans for the facility. Wanting to be an even greater influence on the
education of others, he moved to the relatively new University of
Kentucky Community College System in 1966, where he served as associate
dean until 1970. During that time, he coordinated the university's
The pinnacle of his career came in 1970 when he was named vice
president in charge of the Community College System. During his 11 years
the Community College System became a major force in Kentucky education
with 13 colleges and an enrollment rivaling that of the main campus. He
has won many prestigious awards, served on dozens of university
committees and written several books, all of which display his
commitment to education. In 1973, Berea College honored him as its
Distinguished Alumnus. In 1974, the International Farm House Fraternity
selected him for their "Builder of Men" award. He retired from the
university in Jan. 1981, but continued to be active in service to
others. In 1985, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in
recognition of his service to the University of Kentucky and the people
of the commonwealth. He was also honored in 1997 by the Farm Bureau for
40 years of service on its Resolution Committee and received the
Outstanding Alumnus Award
from Gamma Sigma Delta at the University of Kentucky. He and his wife
raised five children and supported them in their many school and
community activities. He has taught Sunday School and served as a deacon
and elder at Broadway Christian Church, along with many other
activities. He enjoyed woodworking and working at his Garrard County
farm. He always found time to spend with his family.
In addition to his wife of 68 years, he is survived by five children
and their spouses, Michael and Ginger Wall of Paris, Ky., Maureen and
Charles Garrison of Greenville, N.C., Phyllis and Richard Rohlf,
Kathleen Harris and Charles Poole and Barbara Peebles, all of Lexington;
11 grandchildren, Debbie Rassenfoss, Kent Wall, Brian Wall, John Wall,
Christy Reinhard, Julie Kodack, Anne St.-Aignan, Rachel Rohlf, Leigh
Harris, Kirk Randolph and Nathan Randolph; 17 great-grandchildren; and
one great-great-grandchild; as well as special friend Florence Huff.
Also surviving are sisters Pauline Faulkner of Nicholasville, Charlotte
Klein of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Marvel Morgan of Lincoln, Neb.
Predeceasing him are grandchild David Wall, sister Vida Downey and
brother George Shannon Wall.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the W. R.
Milward Mortuary-Southland, at 391 Southland Drive in Lexington, with
burial at the Lancaster Cemetery.
Casket bearers were his grandchildren.
Honorary casket bearers were the members of the Builders Class at
Broadway Christian Church.
Visitation was Monday, June 18, at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the M. Stanley Wall Scholarship Fund
in Agriculture, UK Agriculture Office for Advancement, E. S. Good Barn,
University of Kentucky, 1451 University Drive, Lexington, KY 40546-0097.