Daisy Burns French - 1926-2017
In Memorium, EKU's School of Business mourns the passing of Dr. Daisy Burns French, retired professor of accounting. Known as a tireless advocate for higher education, she will be profoundly missed by faculty and friends. Dr. French is especially well remembered for her advocacy of women in accounting.
From the small town of Brutus in Clay County, Dr. French earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern - in business and education, respectively. She then earned her doctorate from the University of Kentucky and was appointed to EKU's faculty in 1956. Over the next several decades, Dr. French would receive a number of 'firsts'. She was the first College of Business person to join the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and earned the Kentucky division's Outstanding Service Award for activism in the American Association of University Women.
Service to her alma mater continued through the Board of Regents and EKU Foundation Board earning her emeritus status in both bodies. Dr. French was awarded the Presidential Award of Merit in 2007.
Fondly remembered by Dr. Jack Dyer, he commented on her service during her years on faculty. "I have memories of conversations between she and I as we commuted between Lexington and Richmond. I believe that Daisy and Ed came to EKU as married students along with a rush of WWII veterans using their GI Bill benefits to pay for the cost of college." Dr. Dyer continued that they lived in what was then known as 'Vets Village', which provided housing for students returning to campus after World War II (later to become the Brockton married housing complex).
Dr. French was later appointed by Dean Charles Falk to become the first Director of the College of Business Advising Office. This office was created to provide professional academic advising for students from four full-time staff. She served in this capacity until she retired from EKU in the early 1990s.
She is survived by her daughter Patricia French Anderson and many grandchildren, great nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were handled by Oldham, Roberts and Powell Funeral Home in Richmond and the family has requested donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and Hospice of the Bluegrass Bereavement Camps.
Published on October 24, 2017