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Granddaughter of Rock Chalk chant creator dies at age 96

August 14, 2011

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The Kansas University family lost a valued member as Carolyn Bailey Berneking, granddaughter of KU icon E.H.S. Bailey, died Thursday.

Berneking, a former KU librarian, worked to preserve the university’s history through the years. Her efforts saw Strong Hall entered into the National Register of Historic Sites and Bailey Hall, named for her grandfather, placed on the Kansas Register of Historic Buildings. Bailey was also responsible for creating the university’s Rock Chalk chant.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little shared kind thoughts on the KU graduate and longtime volunteer.

“Carolyn Bailey Berneking was a beloved member of the Jayhawk nation,” Gray-Little said. “On behalf of the entire University of Kansas community, I offer the deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. She will be missed.”

Berneking was 96 years old.

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