WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue April 5, 2011
University Community Mourns the Death of Dero Downing
By Dan Modlin
Bowling Green, KY – Dr. Dero G. Downing passed away yesterday, at the age of 89.
Dr. Downing was the fourth President of Western Kentucky University and served the institution for decades as a teacher, administrator, and President of the College Heights Foundation. In addition to accomplishments in the field of education, Downing served in the U-S Navy in World War Two and was an officer on a naval vessel at the D-Day invasion in June of 1944.
He was married to the former Harriet Elizabeth Yarnell. All five of their children are graduates of WKU, and so are five of their grandchildren.
Visitation will be Thursday from 11 am until 2pm and from 4pm until 8pm at Johnson-Vaugh-Phelps Funeral Home in Bowling Green.
The funeral will be held Friday April 8th at 10:30 am at State Street Methodist Church in Bowling Green.