by Wanda Kenyon
Stan Kenyon graduated from Junction City High School in 1955 and entered OCE that fall. OCE had approximately 800 students and was renowned for its teacher preparation curriculum. He was a secondary education major with biology and English as his minors, and was chosen to appear in Who’s Who in America’s Colleges and Universities.
Kenyon participated in basketball, football and track—coaching and teaching in one of Oregon’s high schools was his goal. He began his career at Waldport High School in 1959. After earning his master’s degree, he returned to OCE in 1963 as assistant registrar and then registrar and director of admissions. He completed a doctoral degree in education at Oregon State University.
Above photo (l-r): Wanda Kenyon, Max McLean, Emily Kenyon (sitting), Dana McLean (sitting), Julia Kenyon, and Amanda McLean
During his role as Monmouth's city manager, a new library was funded, streets were resurfaced, the city park refurbished, community parks developed, the water system rebuilt and many other projects proposed. He received an award for prudent and best use of taxpayer’s money. Other recognitions included hall of fame awards from WOU and Junction City High.
Kenyon loved to golf and be with his two children and five grandchildren, and was married 47 years before his death in 2005. He fought cancer bravely and uncomplainingly. His sense of humor never left him. He shot a nerf basketball into a rigged-up net to impress his grandchildren and laughed as he said, “I told you I was sick.” His memorial service was held in the WOU football stadium with hundreds of people attending.
Dedicating the sculpture to Western in his memory was a highlight. Earlier he and other football players of the 1950s funded the 50s football scholarship. It continues to help young men live a dream. If you lived the 50s (or at least remember them!), send a $50, $500 or $5,000 check to the WOU Foundation to honor a student from your hometown. It’s a “pay forward” experience or perhaps something to add to your “bucket list.”
It is appropriate to place a memorial to Kenyon in the Hamersly Library. Wayne Hamersly and Kenyon were teammates on the football team and remained friends over the years.