Clarence Hamilton Gifford

Notes on the public life of Clarence Hamilton Gifford. Native son of Sardis, in Mason County, Kentucky. Not Turkey. Taught and was principal at schools in Ewing, Hanson and Guthrie, Kentucky (1906). Graduated from Eastern Kentucky University as a member of the school’s first graduating class (1909). At some point attended the University of Chicago and joined the Moody Bible Institute. Assumed the superintendent position for Elizabethtown schools in Kentucky before entering business in the field of mortgages and loans. Professional positions included sales manager and vice president of Empire Bond & Mortgage Corporation and president and director of the Buffalo Stratford Corporation. Formed C.H. Gifford & Co. in Katonah, New York, his new hometown, which focused on real estate and finance (1934). Served on the board of various corporations and trade and civic organizations including Vice President of the Bethlehem Association, Executive Secretary of the Drama League of America, and promoter of the annual Caramoor Music Festival in Katonah. Devoted alum of Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). Received the Outstanding Alumnus Award at 50 year reunion (1959) and an honorary doctorate (1971). Led fundraising for the EKU Century Fund Drive which financed the Chapel of Meditation (1971). Founded three EKU scholarships. Admitted to the EKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni and honored with the naming of the Clarence H. Gifford Theatre, located in the EKU Campbell Building (1974). Died on August 12, 1977 (age 88) from cancer.

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