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Dr. Fred A. Engle, Jr.

Dr. Engle was born in 1929 in Louisville, Kentucky, and grew up in Richmond, Kentucky. He attended Model Training School starting in 1935 and graduated from Model High School in 1947. He then enrolled at Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College and graduated with a B.S. in math and commerce in 1951. He was a member of the ROTC and served in the army during the Korean War from August of 1951 to August of 1953. He met and married Mary Purves in Edinburgh, Scotland, while in the service. He completed his M.B.A. at the University of Kentucky in 1954. He taught at the College of William and Mary from 1957-59. He began teaching math and economics courses at Eastern in 1959. He received his Ed.D. in higher education foundations from the University of Kentucky in 1966 and retired from teaching at Eastern in 1998 after 39 years of service.

Dr. Robert N. Grise


Dr. Grise with his 1917 Kelley switchboard from Rockcastle County

Dr. Grise was born in 1930 in Richmond, Kentucky. He attended Model Training School starting in 1935 and graduated from Model High School in 1948. He then enrolled at Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College and graduated with a B.A. in English and art in 1952. He was drafted into the army medical corps during the Korean War and served from August 1952 to August 1954. He married Madison County native Martha Spurlin in August 1954. He received a M.A. in English education from Eastern in 1955. He taught English and teacher education at Kentucky Wesleyan College from 1955-63 and received his Ed.D. in educational administration from the University of Kentucky in 1963. He began teaching education courses at Eastern starting in 1963 and retired in 1995 after 32 years of service.

Kathryn Engle

Kathryn was born in Corbin, Kentucky, in 1989 and grew up in Richmond. She attended Model starting in 1993, where she attended through high school, graduating in 2007. She then went on to Eastern Kentucky University and graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in English literature, a B.B.A. in general business, and a minor in Appalachian Studies. She is currently pursuing a M.A. in Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University and is interested in issues relating to local history, eastern Kentucky, community development, and the War on Poverty in the 1960s.

Dr. Engle and Dr. Grise’s lives have been extremely similar. Their families have been linked for over 80 years and have become deeply rooted in Madison County. Their fathers taught together at Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College and both of their mothers were teachers in the area.

Besides being born less than one year apart, growing up in the same town, and going to the same elementary school, high school, and college, the two have had very similar adult lives. They both served our country for two years during the Korean War. They then both became college professors, Dr. Engle focusing on math and economics, and Dr. Grise teaching education. They both taught for a few years at a different school before coming back to their Alma Mater. They both earned their doctorates from the University of Kentucky. They retired within years of each other and they both had two boys who have been involved in education to varying degrees. They both still reside in Madison County and are proud of their county’s heritage.

For further information about Dr. Engle and Dr. Grise, click on their complete biographies below.