Memorial, scholarships will honor UK professor

The University of Kentucky will create a scholarship in the name of an associate dean of the College of Design who died suddenly while the university was on its holiday break.

Stephen C. Deger, who taught architecture courses at UK for 36 years, was found dead at his Lexington home on Jan. 8.

Officials at the College of Design have scheduled a memorial service for Tuesday, March 31 at 6 p.m. at UK's Student Center theater, which will be followed by a reception at Pence Hall.

In addition, the college will offer Stephen C. Deger Scholarships to outstanding incoming undergraduates in the School of Architecture.

Helping to select students and working with freshmen were two of Mr. Deger's specialities. As associate dean of students at the college, he helped establish and oversee the student application and selection process.

"He was a very caring man," said Gail Fortner, the college's director of student services. "He was very interested in working with the young adults — not only to be the best architects they could be but also the best people."

Mr. Deger's colleagues also recalled his fondness for eating Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and attending open houses of historic or interesting homes.

"He was the quintessential old-time higher education professor — very dedicated to what he did," Fortner said. "It was his life, and it was his love."

Miles White, chief deputy Fayette County Coroner, said Mr. Deger died of natural causes, but the specific cause of death hasn't been determined. He had suffered from "a couple of illnesses before his death," White said.