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KU geography professor helps bring Jayhawk cheer to soldiers deployed overseas

Packages helped boost troop morale, doctor says

The designated “KU ICU bed” is in full display at an armed services hospital at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. KU geography professor Jerry Dobson’s daughter-in-law, Nicole Dobson, pictured, was serving as a doctor there when the hospital was seeking memorabilia from national universities to display in the hospital.

The designated “KU ICU bed” is in full display at an armed services hospital at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. KU geography professor Jerry Dobson’s daughter-in-law, Nicole Dobson, pictured, was serving as a doctor there when the hospital was seeking memorabilia from national universities to display in the hospital.

April 9, 2010

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When Kansas University geography professor Jerry Dobson heard word that troops overseas were looking for Jayhawk memorabilia, he decided to take some action.

His daughter-in-law, Nicole Dobson, was serving as a doctor at an armed services hospital at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. She told him that the hospital had been writing to universities to see what kind of memorabilia they could get sent to display in the hospital.

While working at the U.S. State Department, Jerry Dobson talked to a KU Endowment Association official at an alumni event. Soon thereafter, memorabilia started flowing in.

Though it was in the middle of the football season at the time, then-Coach Mark Mangino and quarterback Todd Reesing signed two footballs, and the entire team signed a poster. The KU goods accompanied other pennants, flags, pin-ups and other memorabilia.

“For us, it was a lot of fun,” said Nicole Dobson, who is now stationed in Washington, D.C., at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. “We’d get the packages and we’d open them all together.”

Packages came from Texas, Kansas, the Air Force Academy and others. They helped raise the morale of the wounded service members, too, Nicole Dobson said.

“They’re so far from home,” she said, saying it provided a nice reminder for soldiers who didn’t have easy access to college football.

Comments

ahyland 4 years ago

password,

As I can imagine you probably had already deduced, the word "overseas" was an inadvertent, erroneous addition to the sentence on my part. Dobson is working in Washington. I have updated the story above, but wanted to mention something here so it didn't appear as if things just changed by magic.

As an aside, this error had fortunately been rectified by our wonderful editing staff by the time this article appeared in print, but hadn't been updated online.

Andy Hyland KU reporter

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denak 4 years ago

I remember when I was stationed in Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and I received a box from a church group. It was like hitting the jackpot. Just like Nicole Dobson and the members of her unit, we all sat around and opened our boxes. To this day, I still have the boxers that someone sent me and I treasure them. I don't know why. I don't remember anything else I received, but I loved those boxers. They are really old, faded and stretched out now, but I still have them and probably will have them until I die. Everytime I see them, I smile and remember something good that came out of that time.

So, thank you, Professor Dobson for thinking of our servicemen and women. Your boxes will do more for our troops than you ever imagined.

Dena

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password 4 years ago

very nice gesture! but i have just a few questions on the article...

"Working overseas at the U.S. State Department, Jerry Dobson talked to a KU Endowment Association official at an alumni event. Soon thereafter, memorabilia started flowing in."

Where is this overseas US State Dept.? Is this an embassy in Afghanistan? If so, was the alumni event held in Afghanistan? And who is the KU Endowment Association Official?

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