2011 Hornet Heritage Family


Hornet Heritage family makes “Prophet-able” connection with ESU

2011 Hornet Heritage Family

The Hornet Heritage award, sponsored by the ESU Alumni Association, annually recognizes a multigenerational family of Hornet alumni and former students. 

The family of Carl (BSE 1955, MS 1957) and Kay Prophet, Emporia, was this year’s Hornet Heritage award winner. 

“It's certainly a surprise and an honor to be selected and to recognize all my relatives who've been students here at ESU,” said Prophet, professor emeritus of biology.

“We moved here [to Emporia] in the fall of 1953 after I got out of the Army,” Prophet explained. After finishing his master’s degree in 1957, Prophet taught in KSTC’s biology department for three years. He rejoined the KSTC faculty in 1962 after earning his doctorate, rising to become chair of the Division of Biological Sciences at ESU before retiring in 1996.

The Prophet/Brady family tree's branches stretch to include 14 family members—including children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews—who have received degrees from ESU and 22 who've attended the university.

Two Carl and Kay’s three children—Stuart  (BSB 1978), Topeka, and Kevin (BSB 1980, MBA 1982), Olathe—earned ESU degrees. The couple’s daughter, Peggy, took classes from ESU on her way to earning a degree at another institution. Stuart’s wife, Jan (Latta) Prophet (BSE 1978, MS 1993), earned ESU degrees, as did the couple’s two children, Haley (Prophet) Akin (BS 2005) and Hanna Prophet (BSE 2010).

A nephew, Dr. Mark Brady (BS 1985), Overland Park, is currently serving as a member of the ESU Foundation board of trustees.