Louise Darby BolesLouise Darby Boles (MLS’67)

After earning a master’s degree in library science from ESU in 1967, Louise Boles joined the staff at William Allen White Library on campus. Working first as a cataloger and instructor, she eventually became the library’s head of technical services. She left that job upon the 1980 retirement of her husband, Dr. Robert Boles, a professor of biology at ESU and former recipient of the University Service Citation award, so the couple could travel.

In 2007, the Boles established the Dr. Robert and Louise Boles Scholarship for students majoring in biology or studying in ESU’s School of Library and Information Management. Dr. Boles died that same year.

Louise Boles died March 31, 2011 in Emporia. Survivors include a daughter, Christine Martin of Lenexa; a son, Walter Earl Boles of Manly, N. S. W. Australia; a sister, Anne Ketterman of Coffeyville; and three grandchildren.


Mary Peckham GrayeMary Peckham Graye (BSB’51)

When Mary Peckham Graye married Isadore Fine in 1992, he was instructed that if anyone found out his age—he’s 92 now—to say he married a child bride. “She didn’t want anyone to know her age,” Fine said in a news article that appeared following his wife’s death March 17, 2011, in Madison, Wis.

Born in Oklahoma, Graye was educated in Kansas and had a distinguished career in Madison. She retired in 1989 as a senior vice president of First Wisconsin Bank, now part of U.S. Bank. She was the first woman accepted into the Wisconsin School of Banking, and the first woman to attain a vice presidency position in a Madison bank.

In 1973, ESU honored Graye as one of its Distinguished Alumnus Award winners. She established the Mary Miles Peckham Graye scholarship for ESU students studying business.


Dan Clark McClennyDan Clark McClenny (BSE’47, MBA’54)

Friends of Dan McClenny recalled his hearty, warm laughter, quick wit, compassion for others and a love of sports when learning of his death April 24, 2011 in Emporia.

After serving in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, McClenny earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Emporia State University. He taught business and coached sports at high schools in Lucas, Holcomb and Burlington, where he also served as principal.

McClenny put his MBA to work in a career with Didde Graphics company that began in 1957 and continued until his retirement in 1985. Active in church and civic organizations, McClenny was also an avid Hornet athletics fan. A memorial for athletic scholarships at ESU has been established in his name.