Archive for Thursday, April 11, 2002

Gold Medal Weekend approaches for Jayhawks from Class of 1952

April 11, 2002


A lot has changed at Kansas University since Jim Logan graduated in 1952. But there remains one constant  students still are crazy about Jayhawk basketball.

Logan said the 1952 championship basketball team was one of the highlights of his senior year at KU.

"It was just as wild and crazy as it was in 1988" when KU also won the championship, he said. "And it'll be that way next year when we win it again."

Logan, Olathe, is one of about 90 members of the class of 1952 who this weekend will be in Lawrence for the KU Alumni Association's annual Gold Medal Weekend. In all, more than 300 alumni are expected to attend events Friday and Saturday.

The class of 1952 will be honored during a special pinning ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Kansas Union Ballroom.

Logan says he figures basketball will be one of the topics of conversation as his classmates gather. It's a topic dear to Bill Hougland of Lawrence, who played on the championship team.

There wasn't as much marketing surrounding the tournament then, Hougland said, but Jayhawk fans were just as loyal.

Hougland, who retired as vice president of Koch Industries in 1994, recalled returning to Lawrence after the 1952 title game.

"We came across the (Kansas River) bridge in the middle of the night, looked up and couldn't believe the mob of people on Massachusetts Street," he said.

Students weren't only concerned with basketball.

Logan, who served seven years as dean of the KU School of Law and 21 years as a federal appeals court judge, said the appointment of 35-year-old Franklin Murphy as chancellor in 1951 energized campus.

"It was very exciting to have a young chancellor who was so vigorous," he said.

There were 6,003 students enrolled on the Lawrence campus, compared to 26,894 now. The class of 1952 had 1,634 members; 406 are dead now.

For the first time in fall 1951, freshman women were required to live in campus housing. Students were segregated when they went to the movies. And, Logan said, men stormed women's dorms in "panty raids."

Hougland said he was looking forward to reminiscing about his school years.

"We'll see people we haven't seen in 30 or 40 years," he said. "That's special to you, because at our age, it could be the last time. "

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