Nell Stuart Donovan
Nell Jane Stuart was born November 30th 1889 in Pembroke, KY. She married Herman Lee Donovan in 1909. They came to Eastern Kentucky Normal School in the early 1920’s to work under President Thomas Jackson Coates. Mr. Donovan became president after Coates’s sudden passing in 1928. Nell Donovan served as first lady from 1928-1941 until when they got the opportunity to move to Lexington and lead the University of Kentucky. Nell was beloved by all that knew her at Eastern. Although they never personally had children they believed their university students to be their own while in their care.