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Roark Building

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The Roark building is named for Eastern's first president, Ruric Neval Roark (1859-1909). His wife, Mary , served as acting president in 1909 when her husband died at the age of 50. She served for nearly a year as the school's president and dean of…

Biography-Roark, Ruric Nevel

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Plaque with a biography for Ruric Roark. Plaque text: "President, Eastern Kentucky State Normal School 1906-1909. Giant in the annals of Kentucky education, preeminent leader for reform in education, Ruric Nevel Roark brought respect, stature and…