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Name Change 25th Anniversary
James Creasman (at the podium) and Katherine Gammage (third from right)
ca. 1982
Photographer: Charles Conley
Charles Conley Photographs,
University Archives
UP UPC ASUG N35 1958 #88

Name Change 25th Anniversary, ca. 1982
James Creasman entered the Arizona State Teachers College as a student in 1931. Over a 54-year span he dedicated himself to his alma mater and left in 1984 after working a total of 36 years for the institution. While in school, he was student body president. He returned to ASC in 1947 to head the Alumni Association and serve as director of Special Projects. Creasman was also the driving force behind the final name change to ASU.

Katherine Klink Gammage arrived at ASC as the wife of President Gammage in 1950. As a college president's wife, she was very supportive of the school, and particularly of the Name Change in 1958. Her contribution to the ASU community continued after the death of President Gammage, and included taking responsibility for gifts and grants to ASU as a forerunner of the Development Office. In addition, she founded the Friends of Music, the History Associates, the ASU Foundation, the Friends of Channel 8, and the ASU Library Associates. It has been said that she was responsible for many of the major private gifts at that time. She has also served on many ASU discussions and commissions on women's issues. The "first lady" of ASU passed away in 1997.

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