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Dr. Lena C. Bailey Collection

Identifier: MS-2001-03

Scope and Contents

The Dr. Lena Charles Bailey Collection is arranged in two series:

Series I: Scrapbooks and Biographical Information – The first series contains scrapbooks and other biographical information in book form.

Series II: Plaques and Awards – Contents of this second series include plaques, awards, photographs, and other non-paper materials of Dr. Bailey.


  • Between 1970-1995

Biographical Sketch

Born in the Phelps community of July 17, 1932, Lena Charles Bailey spent much of her early life in the mountainous coalfields region of eastern Kentucky. Encouraged by her father to receive a quality education, Lena enrolled at local Pikeville College in the fall of 1950. Although she transferred to nearby Morehead State University after her sophomore year, her stay at Pikeville proved fortuitous, as she met her future husband, George Bailey, who was also a student at the rural college. After graduating from Morehead in 1954 with a bachelor's degree in Home Economics, Lena Bailey taught for four years in the high schools of her native Pike County. Between 1954 and 1958, she also enrolled in and completed the master of Science degree program at the University of Kentucky, where she graduated with a master's of Home Economics Education in 1958.

The year 1958 proved to be a watershed year for Lena Bailey, as it was the year she left her native Pike County for central Ohio. After teaching home economics in the Southwestern City School District for four years, she joined the faculty of The Ohio State University in 1961, and for the next thirty years served as both educator and mentor to students in Home Economics programs. In 1969 Lena Bailey earned her doctorate in Higher Education from The Ohio State University. During her tenure at Ohio State, Lena Bailey served as faculty member, chair of the Home Economics Department, and as the first Dean of what is today the College of Human Ecology. Also active in community affairs, she served on the Board of Directors for the J.M. Smucker Company for ten years.

Lena Charles Bailey received numerous awards and honors for academic, professional, and community service. Included in this long list are election to the Alumni Hall of Fame at Morehead State University in 1979 and her selection as the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year from the Home Economics College of the University of Kentucky in 1984. The College of Education at the University of Kentucky also inducted her into the Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1978, her native state also recognized her as a Kentucky Colonel. In 1985, Dr. Bailey received the Outstanding Leader Award from the American Home Economics Association. The list of honors and awards from her career as an educator includes the 1979 Outstanding Service to Students Award for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics and a 1992 Distinguished Service Award from The Ohio State University.

When invited to give the Autumn Commencement Address at the Ohio State University in autumn of 1991, Lena Charles Bailey urged graduates to do “Something Good” in their work, their communities, and their families. Up to the time of her death on October 11, 1996, Dr. Lena Charles Bailey proved that actions could speak as loud as words, as she served as a role model for students, faculty, and community servants by making “Something Good” a component of her philosophy. In 1997, the College of Human Ecology at Ohio State University hosted the first Lena C. Bailey Leadership Lecture to honor her service to the university, and the university has also dedicated the Lena Bailey Faculty Lounge in recognition of her service. On April 26, 2001 the Lena C. Bailey Education Resource Center was dedicated in her memory at Pikeville College. Her husband, George Bailey, has also endowed the Dr. Lena C. Bailey Scholarship at Pikeville College to assist students in their quest to obtain a college education.


Ten Women of Vision in Home Economics. Phi Upsilon Omicron, Gamma Alumni Chapter, The Ohio State University, 1988.


2.25 Cubic Feet (3 carton boxes)

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Donated in April 2001 by George Bailey.


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Repository Details

Part of the Frank M. Allara Library Repository

147 Sycamore St.
Pikeville KY 41501