Ground for the Future
('52) has plenty of memories of past successes, but it's the
future that has always enticed him.
Schrader, of Lexington, has been a volunteer
fund-raiser for the College for many years, and he sums up his
efforts by saying, "You do it for young people."
In the 1960s, before there was an Ag North, Schrader helped
lead the effort to persuade the legislature to fund it. In the
early 1980s, the Kentucky Leadership Center for 4-H at Jabez
was just a dream, but the Friends of Kentucky 4-H, of which
Schrader was a member, led efforts to find money to build it.
(For more information on Friends of Kentucky 4-H, see related
story.) The Jabez center was dedicated in 1987, when Schrader
was president of the Friends.
Now, Schrader and others are dealing with the issue of future
housing for FarmHouse. (The fraternity is now housed in a 1951
building across from the William T. Young Library.)
Boyhood on the Farm
has always been a farm boy at heart. His roots are deep in Graves
County soil, where his father built a farm during the Depression
and where he grew up in 4-H and FFA.
He still owns a portion of that Graves County farm and still
farms it, growing the soybeans, corn, and tobacco that his father
grew. Schrader has brought some tangible memories of the farm
to his Lexington homea tobacco peg that he used to set
plants when he was a kid, a water jug that the mule carried
in the field.
his mementos in his study, where he also displays diplomas,
plaques, and souvenirs from what was to follow those early farm
years: first college, then the Army, and then a full, rich career
at Kentucky Utilities.
family includes his wife Pat (B.A.,'71; M.A.,'79) and three
sons (John, B.B.A.,'76; L.L. D.,'79; Joel, B.S. in Animal Sciences,
'79; D.V.M. Auburn, '83; and Jamie, B.B.A.,'82). That's a total
of seven UK degrees, including Schrader's. It is a UK family:
They are all life members of the UK Alumni Association. Lynwood
and Joel Schrader, ag graduates, are also life members of the
UK Ag Alumni Association. Schrader is a UK Fellow and a member
of the Scovell Society.
was Extension information specialist for 4-H from 1981 to 1989,
and her work included editing the Ambassador. Once you move
outside the family circle, Schrader's heart may well belong
to UK and its College of Agriculture.
President of FarmHouse
He had never even been to Lexington when he arrived here in
1951, suitcase in hand, to finish up his schooling after attending
the less costly Murray State University for two years.
Right off, Schrader joined what was then FarmHouse Club. Within
a year, the club was chartered as a fraternity, and Schrader
became its first president.
He describes the fraternity as "a struggling group of poor
farm boys." The fraternity's first house was an upstairs
apartment on Euclid Avenue. Its second one was a house on Conn
"A couch and a chair from UK surplus was all the furniture
we had," Schrader says. "We went down to an FFA camp
and got some used steel beds. They had been used by soldiers
during World War II."
Schrader remembers the first housemother of FarmHouse, who told
"We must teach you some social graces."
Says Schrader: "She had plenty of opportunitiesand
did quite well."
He speaks proudly of the FarmHouse brothers"our boys,"
he calls themwhen talking about the honors the fraternity
has garnered over the years and the success members have experienced
in later life.
One of the unofficial roles Schrader has taken on over the years
is mentoring FarmHouse leaders. Garry Weston ('00, health administration,
'01, M.B.A.), who was FarmHouse chapter president in 1999,
says Schrader is "really a people person, and he's up front
with you." Weston says Schrader, as someone who worked
his way up through the ranks at Kentucky Utilities, has been
an inspiration to him.
Schrader also has good memories of being in agriculture. "You
have a camaraderie with outstanding fellow students and make
friendships that last all your life," he says.
Bill Survant, who taught soils, is one of the ag professors
Schrader remembers best. "He made the subject interesting
and was very much concerned about all his students, he
says. He made us feel as if we could succeed."
And Schrader did succeed, beginning his career as a farm services
adviser at Kentucky Utilities in 1955 and ending it as a senior
vice president, retiring in '92.
In his early years at Kentucky Utilities, Schrader found himself
working for a company that was interested in the future of Kentucky.
The company found in him a man who wanted to help create a good
future for the commonwealth. The match meant that his energies
often intersected with the goals of the College. Fund-raising
for 4-H was a natural pairing of his interests and the College's
Schrader was a member of the board of Friends of Kentucky 4-H
from the 1970s until the 1990s, serving as its president from
1978 through 1980 and from 1985 through 1989.
The dream for the leadership center at Jabez was jump-started
into reality with a $950,000 federal grant from the Economic
Development Administration. After that, fund-raising for the
center got easier. Some of the money was even raised through
4-H bake sales.
In 1983, Schrader received the Thomas Poe Cooper Award, which
is given annually by the Kentucky chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta,
the agricultural honor society, for distinguished farm leadership.
Schrader has continued to give his energies to the College and
Last year, FarmHouse celebrated its 50th anniversary, and Schrader
served as co-chair in planning and carrying out the anniversary
He helped plan the 50th reunion of his UK graduating class,
part of homecoming festivities this fall.
But it is perhaps for his work with Friends of Kentucky 4-H
that Schrader is best known. He's a strong believer in what
4-H can do.
"In 4-H, winning a blue ribbon or a red ribbon encourages
the child to do better and take responsibility for a project.
It's a most valuable thing.
"I'm glad to be a part of making a better college,"
Schrader said. "We're reaching more young people than ever
before and training them to be successful and productive people.
That's what it's all about."
Kentucky Friends of 4-H awarded
Dr. Carl J. (Jay) Hellmann ,85, a Kenton County veterinarian,
finds himself presiding over an organization that has been awarded
the largest single gift Kentucky 4-H has ever received$2
gift, made to Friends of Kentucky 4-H Inc., is tobacco settlement
money that was awarded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development
Board. It will eventually provide about $100,000 a year in income
for special projects that help youth make the transition from
tobacco production to other enterprises. Hellman is chairman
of the board of Friends. The organization has been in existence
since 1974 and is made up of a 25-member board of directors.
said the grant really makes it possible for tobacco money
to be used throughout the state for youth development.
He is gratified that "the board has progressed to the point
that it's in a position to accept and handle the grant.
funded through the endowment have to qualify under the agreement
between Friends and the Agricultural Development Board.
money opens up exciting opportunities, but a lot of 4-H programs
don't have anything to do with making the transition from tobacco.
Alumni and others who want to designate their gifts for 4-H
should continue to do so, Hellman said.
was active in 4-H as a young personworking on electric
projects, demonstrations, community pride activities, pretty
much everything, he said.
sees being on the board as a natural progression from the activities
many board members, now successful professionals, were in as
kids in 4-H. The kids we are helping today are probably
going to be the ones who take over Friends tomorrow, Hellmann