History

The Endacott Society is the product of the creativity and generous support of the late Paul Endacott and his family. Society members are retired university faculty, staff and spouses.

An honors student, All-American basketball player and 1923 engineering graduate of the University, Mr. Endacott became president of the Phillips Petroleum Co. Remembering with gratitude the guidance from KU faculty and staff that contributed to his success, Mr. Endacott and his wife, Lucille, began honoring these individuals through gifts to the KU Endowment Association. These gifts established the “Expressions of Appreciation” program, through which other alumni and friends could thank talented professors and staff members for their influence.

Mr. Endacott also collaborated with fellow donors and planners of the Adams Alumni Center to ensure that retired faculty and staff members could conduct meetings and activities in the Center, which also houses the headquarters of the KU Alumni Association. The Endacott Society, which continues to meet in the center, is now a program of the Alumni Association.

Oral History

Oral History Indexes

Since the 1980’s oral histories have been collected from retirees.
These collected histories are in the Library at the Adams Alumni Center
and also in the archives of Spencer Research Library. The histories available
are indexed sorted by name, by discipline, and by years served. Select an index:

Link to: Index by Name

Link to: Index by Discipline

Link to: Index by Years Served

or by name in Excel spreadsheet format

Other History Resources

Link to: Endacott Society: Memories of the club for KU retirees
Rita Haugh is one of the founding members of the Retirees Club. Her recollections were recorded by her daughter on Nov. 27, 2011.

Link to: Luncheon Address by Sandra Wiechert – May 24, 2012
At the annual luncheon, Endacott President, Sandra Wiechert spoke briefly.

Link to: Chancellor’s Reception – October 8, 2009
On Thursday, October 8, 2009 the Endacott Society hosted a reception for
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little at the Adams Alumni Center.
Endacott President, Vic Wallace, offered comments linked from here.

Link to: FOUNDER’S DAY – September 10, 2009 – Presentation by Jerry Niebaum
This is a 58 page file of PowerPoint slides created largely from scrapbook files.
The presentation is a tribute to Gwen Mitchell who created the scrapbooks
over a period of about 20 years. [This is a very large file – slow download]

Link to: Timeline of some of the activities of Paul Endacott
This is a 2 page file created by Jerry Niebaum from documents by William Griffith and
Baley Price in 1994.

Link to: PAUL ENDACOTT AND THE K.U. RETIREES’ CLUB by William J. Griffith in 1994
This is a 36 page detailed history of the creation of the Adams Alumni Center and the K.U. Retirees’ Club, which became the Endacott Society. It is well researched with extensive footnotes and references. A VHS video tape and a DVD of Bill Griffith talking from his paper in 1994 are available in our Library.

The videographer for the 1994 Founders Day birthday celebration was Bruce Linton. Segments of the video have been converted to .mp4 digital format and are available for viewing from this Web site.

Link to: Presentation by William Griffith 1994 (13 minute video)

Link to: Presentation by Baley Price 1994 (10 minute video)

Link to: Presentation by Peg Saricks 1994 (20 minute video)

Link to: History by Al Sellen in 2004

Link to: Short History by William Griffith in 1998

History of Computing at KU by G. Baley Price

In 1987 Professor Emeritus G. Baley Price was trying to acquire a desktop computer
for the University of Kansas Retirees Club [now called the Endacott Society]. At the
time Jerry Niebaum was Director of Academic Computing Services at the Computer Center
and Dr. Price approached him seeking assistance. It was the 30th year since the
installation of the first computer at the University and Dr. Price agreed to deliver a
lecture on the history of computing at the Computer Center Auditorium. He would then
donate his $500 honorarium towards the purchase of a computer for the Retirees Club.
He delivered his lecture on October 15, 1987.

Link to: History of KU computing 1987 (46 minute video)

For a photo review Link To: Paul & Lucille Endacott