Alumnus Julius Stephenson '47 Makes Cabinet for Hundley President's Home
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 [3:05 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Dr. Julius Stephenson is
a longtime supporter of scholarships at Lindsey Wilson College. But
the retired dentist recently gave his alma mater one of his more
tangible presents -- a handcrafted corner cabinet for the Emily
Hundley President's Home.
The 82-inch tall piece of furniture was made from a black
walnut tree harvested from woods on Stephenson's 104-year-old
family farm in Crocus Creek in Cumberland.
"This absolutely stunning piece of furniture will be a
signature piece of the president's home," said LWC President William T. Luckey Jr., who has lived in the
home with his family since becoming the college's eighth president
on July 1, 1998. "Dr. Stephenson has been one of the college's most
loyal and generous alumni, and this piece of furniture will stand
as a beautiful legacy to his love for this college and its
Stephenson said he decided to build the corner cabinet,
which he said took about two years, after a visit from
"He was admiring the furniture I had made in my shop, so I
decided to make something for the president's home," Stephenson
Stephenson graduated from LWC in 1947, three years before
the college's current president's home was built. His LWC education
began in 1941, but it lasted for only a year because Stephenson
entered the Army in spring 1942 for four years of service in the
European Theater. Stephenson helped pay for his first year at the
college by rising at 4 a.m. each day to milk cows kept on an
LWC-owned farm that fed students, faculty and staff.
Stephenson returned to LWC after World War II and graduated
in 1947 before eventually going to dental school and then enjoying
a successful practice in Burkesville. Stephenson is a
second-generation LWC alumnus; his father, the late Silas Arnold
Stephenson, attended the school when it opened in
Stephenson has been a longtime supporter of the college,
assisting students through annual donations to the Lindsey Wilson
Fund and by establishing an endowed scholarship.
"I said then that if I ever have anything and some of my
fellow Cumberland County residents needed help, I'd send them to
Lindsey Wilson," Stephenson said.
Stephenson said he has made furniture since he was "about 10
years old," but it's only been for the last 15 years that he's made
furniture as a serious avocation. Before he retired from his dental
practice, he couldn't risk injuring his fingers, which might have
affected his dental practice.
"I had to make my living first and save my fingers for
making furniture later," he said.