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Dr. Frank Graves Dickey

Male 1917 - 2009  (91 years)


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  • Name Frank Graves Dickey  [1
    Name Prefix Dr. 
    Gender Male 
    Born 1 December 1917  Wagoner, Wagoner Co., Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Submitter 76.138 
    Obituary DICKEY Frank Graves, of Lexington, 91, died Aug 7, 2009. He was born Dec 1, 1917, in Wagoner, OK, to Joseph Stone Dickey and Katherine Bridges Dickey, and was a resident of Henrietta and Wichita Falls, TX, until he moved to Kentucky at age eleven. He attended public schools in Lexington, graduating from Henry Clay in 1935; Transylvania University awarded his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in 1939. He completed his Master of Arts degree at UK in 1942 and then served three years in the U.S. Army during WW II, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant. He completed his Doctor of Education degree at UK in 1947, and from 1952-53 he was a post doctoral Fellow in Educational Administration at Harvard University. Dr. Dickey's academic career began as a teacher in the Fayette County and Lexington Public Schools. After his military service, he worked as a graduate assistant, instructor, and professor in the College of Education at UK. He was named Dean of the College of Education and served in that office from 1949 to 1956, at which time he was named the fifth president of the University of Kentucky; at that time he was the youngest president of a land-grant institution. During his presidency, the university underwent historic growth: the UK Chandler Medical Center was constructed and dedicated; The Patterson School of International Diplomacy was created; the community college system was established, based on the off-campus centers, and seven additional campuses were added; and higher graduate school entrance requirements were established. Coldstream Farm, Spindletop Farm and Spindletop Hall were acquired during Dr. Dickey's term of office. After his resignation in 1963, he became the first Executive Director of the Southern Association of Colleges & and Schools, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, a position he held until 1965, when he moved to Washington, D.C., to become the Executive Director of the National Commission on Accrediting. In 1974 he accepted the post of Provost of the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. In 1976 he became Vice President of University Associates (consultants in higher education) in D.C. For two years (1978-80), he was the Interim Dean of Academic Studies of the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem. In 1980 Dr. Dickey retired from full-time administrative work and for the next decade worked as a consultant in higher education. In this field he directed statewide studies of colleges and universities in Florida, California, and Idaho. He was chairman of various commissions, which conducted studies of allied health education, ministerial education, and health professions' leadership. Highly regarded, Dr. Dickey held eleven honorary degrees from institutions covering the nation and served on Boards of Trustees of numerable colleges and universities. He was national president of Omicron Delta Kappa from 1972-74 and in 2002 was presented the Laurel Crown Award, the highest honor given by ODK. He is a member of the Hall of Fame of the College of Education at UK, and he and Mrs. Dickey are Fellows of the University of Kentucky. Along with the many education-related agencies he so well served, Dr. Dickey demonstrated a vital interest in community and church affairs by chairing Kentucky's Heart¬†Association and Kentucky's Easter Seal Campaign. He was President of the Lexington Kiwanis Club and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. He served as a Vice-Moderator of the Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) USA and Canada and was an Elder at Woodland, Crestwood, and New Union Christian Churches, while living in Lexington, and served as Elder at both Peachtree Christian in Atlanta and at the National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C. Dr. Dickey is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elizabeth Drymon Dickey; two sons, Frank Jr. (Laura), Lexington, and Joe (Mary), Simi Valley, CA, and a daughter, Ann Haynes, Lexington. He is survived by nine grandchildren: Graves Dickey and David Dickey (Teri), Lexington, Elizabeth Jones (Randy), Upton, KY, Jennifer Barnes (Chris), Seattle, WA, Blaine and Bridges Dickey, Simi Valley, CA, Hank Haynes, Frankfort, Clint Haynes (Kim), Bowling Green, and Kate Haynes, Lexington. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren: Nathan and Lila Jones, Olivia Webster, Joshua Dickey, and Hayley Haynes. A memorial service will be held at Crestwood Christian Church, Bellefonte Dr., on Aug 22 at 3pm. Visitation will be from 1pm until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Frank G. and Elizabeth D. Dickey Graduate Fellowship Fund, UK College of Education, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass.  [2
    Died 6 August 2009  Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I13174  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 10 August 2009 

    Family/Spouse Elizabeth Joan Drymon,   b. 15 November 1921, Saint Joseph, Buchanan Co., Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 April 2016, Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 18 October 1940  Lincoln, Lancaster Co., Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
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    Last Modified 6 July 2004 
    Family ID F1958  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Original Moffat GEDCOM File, Robert and Frances Moffitt.

    2. [S2253] Obituary for Frank Graves Dickey, published by Lexington Herald Leader on website Legacy.com.

    3. [S2252] eMail message titled "Frank Dickey", from Dr. Charles L Moffatt III.



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