Georgetown, KY – Georgetown College will honor four giants in the history of the institution with induction into the GC Hall of Fame at Founders Day – 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 31 in John L. Hill Chapel.
In addition to their wonderful life’s works and meaningful contributions to society, all are synonymous with something that’s still important to today’s Georgetown students: Lee E. Cralle, Jr. (Cralle Student Center); Grundy and Jean Janes (the College’s partnership with Colegio Bautista, the Baptist academy in Temuco, Chile); and Dr. Paul Parks (the Paul and Phyllis Parks Baptist Scholarship Program).
Dr. Paul Fiddes, a GC trustee and Theology professor at our University of Oxford partner, Regent’s Park College, will deliver the Founders Day address.
Please, especially try to join us as we celebrate these significant inductees into the Georgetown College Hall of Fame:
Lee E. Cralle, Jr. was a Louisville businessman and generous philanthropist. Along with his good friend, Ira Porter, Mr. Cralle envisioned a student center for the Georgetown College campus. Mr. Cralle’s first major philanthropic endeavor was a gift to the college to build the Lee E. Cralle Student Center in 1965. Mr. Cralle was president of the YMCA of Kentucky for 25 years. He was a trustee for the Kentucky Council of Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Cralle was awarded an honorary degree from Georgetown College in 1969. In 1989, he established the Cralle Foundation which continues to promote excellence in education for young people of Kentucky.
Grundy and Jean Janes have dedicated their lives to Christian missions. They were appointed Southern Baptist missionaries to Chile after graduating from Georgetown College. They served in the Baptist Academy in Temuco, where Grundy was head master and Jean was chair of the Department of English. After retirement, they served as missionaries in residence at Georgetown College and helped form a partnership between the college and The Colegio Bautista. They have continued to help coordinate that partnership.
Dr. Paul Parks has dedicated his life to Christian service as a physician, Baptist layman, and longtime Georgetown College trustee. One of 14 children, Dr. Parks is a graduate of Georgetown College and the University of Louisville Medical School. He has held leadership positions in the Kentucky Medical Association including chairman of the board. He and his late wife, Phyllis, were loyal members of First Baptist Church, Bowling Green where he served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and on numerous committees. Dr. Parks was a member of four presidential search committees at Georgetown and was awarded an honorary degree by his alma mater in 1989. He later established the Paul and Phyllis Parks Baptist Scholarship Program to recognize, recruit, and educate highly qualified Baptist students.