This site was created by Larry Shively who is researching the history of the Shively families. The goal is to have a site where all Shively researchers can share and ask questions in regards to their Shively lines. The largest majority of the Shively family records are located in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. There are early records of Shively's also in Virginia and Kentucky. There are not many established Shively lineages back to Europe. There are documented lineages to Switzerland and Germany. Through the sharing of information from all of our research it is desired that all can learn about our Shively families.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Bernard "Bernie" A. Shively, Athletic Director At The University Of Kentucky From 1938 To 1967

A Shively cousin in Kentucky requested information on Bernie A. Shively who was the athletic director at The University of Kentucky from 1938 -1967. The information for this blog article was found in various sources and these sources documented. Further research would be recommended. Bernie A. Shively was born 26-May-1902 in Edgar County, Illinois. He was the son of Bruce Shively (born Sep-1870) and Elvessie Hense (born Nov-1878). They were married in Edgar County, IL on 18-Feb-1896. Bruce Shively was the son of Armstead Shively (born 11-Jan-1821 and died 7-Sep-1898) and Mary E. Laufman (born 19-Oct-1827 and died 11-Jun-1902). Armstead Shively was the son of William Shively (from Virginia to Ohio to Illinois) and Mary Brown. William Shively was born in Loudoun County, VA on 22-Mar-1790 and died 22-Oct-1857 in Edgar County, IL. William was the son of Jacob Shively and Ann Hopkins.  Jacob Shively was born 29-May-1766 died 16-May-1837 in Muskingum County, OH and Ann Hopkins was born ca. 1767 and died 4-Feb-1851 in Muskingum County, OH.

Listed on the 1910 Edgar County, IL census is the household of Bruce Shively age 40 who is a merchant in groceries, wife Bessie age 32 who has been married 14 years with 3 living children, daughter Zeti age 9, son Bernard A age 7, and daughter Mary age 3. Listed on the 1880 Edgar County, IL census is the household of Armstead Shively age 59, wife Mary age 52, daughter Emma age 25, daughter Mary age 22, daughter age 16, and son Bruce age 10.

Information regarding this Shively lineage was found in A History of Clay County Indiana, By William Travis of Middleburg, Volume II, Illustrated, The Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1909, Pages 246-250.  Susan M. Shively was a daughter of Armstead Shively and was married to Beryl Scott Griffith. "On May 9, 1869, Mr. Griffith married Susan M. Shively, was  born in Elbridge township, Edgar county, Illinois, March 20, 1849.  Her father, Armstead Shively, was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, and his father, William Shively, was born in Virginia, of Swedish ancestry.  William Shively was a pioneer settle of Coshocton county and one of its earliest teachers.  In the early forties he moved to Edgar county, Illinois, and in Elbridge township bought land covered with virgin timber.  He cleared the farm and resided there the remainder of his life.  His wife, whose maiden name was Mary Brown, died on the home farm at an advanced age.  A young man when he went to Edgar county, Illinois, Armstead Shively entered a tract of government land not far from his father’s, and on it erected a small frame house.  That being destroyed by fire soon after its erection he put up a hewed log house for the family residence.  Clearing a homestead, he was there employed in agricultural pursuits until his death, September 6, 1898, at the age of seventy-seven years.  He married Mary Laufman, who was born in Pennsylvania, which was also the birthplace of her parents, Jacob and Margaret (Keefer) Laufman.  Mr. Laufman, who served as a soldier in the Black Hawk war, settled in Edgar county, Illinois, about 1840, and there established a tannery, the first one in that vicinity, and operated it for many years.  He was a well educated man, and at different times taught school.  Both he and his wife spent the remaining years of their lives on the Illinois farm.  Mrs. Armstead Shively, the mother of Mrs. Griffith, died in June 1902, aged seventy-five years, leaving six children, namely:  Susan M., Emily, Mary, Cyrus, Olive and Bruce."

The following article was extracted from The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, Monday, December 11, 1967, Page 1, Column 3:
UK Athletic Chief Shively Is Dead At 64
Special to The Courier-Journal
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Bernie A. Shively, longtime athletic director at the University of Kentucky, died yesterday of an apparent heart attack.  Shively, 64, was stricken at his home at 3:30 p.m. and was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital, where death came 2 1/2 hours later, a hospital spokesman said.  Associates said he had no previous history of a heart condition.
An All-American football player at Illinois in 1926, Shively came to UK as line coach after his graduation in 1927 and served in various athletic capacities, including head football coach on a temporary basis in 1945. He had been athletic director since 1938.
Oswald Pays Tribute
The tall, silver-haired athletic figure, known to thousands of sports fans as "Shive", also held a number of offices in the Southeastern Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Dr. John W. Oswald, university president said: "The entire University of Kentucky community, the whole state of Kentucky and the athletic world at large are shocked beyond belief at the unexpected, untimely passing of Bernie Shively. The university has lost one of its most respected, dedicated and loyal leaders, and I have lost a close and esteemed personal friend. Among athletic directors across the country, Bernie had no equal..."
Born in Oliver, Ill., in 1903, Shively was a backfield star and a member of the track team at Paris (Ill) High School. However, he was a volunteer football player at the University of Illinois, where he lacked a scholarship and switched to the line.
As a guard, he was credited with opening holes for Red Grange, the immortal "Galloping Ghost". His selection to the All-American team in 1926 was by unanimous vote.
Shively also gained fame as a wrestler, winning the Big Ten heavyweight championship in an undefeated senior year, and set a record in track and field with the 16-pound hammer.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound athlete told friends he competed in track and wrestling to improve his speed, strength and stamina for football.
Shively's first job at Kentucky came as a member of football coach Harry Gamage's staff. Later, he became a professor of physical education and then head of that department.
As one of his first official acts as athletic director in 1938, when he succeeded Chet Wynne, he announced the appointment of A. D. (Ab) Kiran as head football coach.
Following a year in which UK had no football team Shively accepted the head coaching position for one wartime year, in 1945, and then stepped down the following year when Paul (Bear) Bryant took over.
Talked About Double Retirement
Under Shively's guidance, the university built the 11,500-seat Memorial Coliseum, where basketball coach Adolph Rupp produced teams that won two of his four NCAA championships, and doubled the seating capacity of Stoll Field to 37,500 for football games. More recently he played a major role in planning UK's vast sports center.
Rupp, on of Shively's closest friends, canceled a scheduled television appearance when he learned of the death.  "Shive and I had talked a thousand times, about retiring the same year - when we became 70," said Rupp. "This comes as a great shock. I guess we had been closer together in the last 15 year then any two men."
"He was the first on the list in his field and the sports world has lost a good friend and a great administrator. His contribution to the NCAA was possibly greater than that of any other man in its organization," Rupp added.
The UK athletic director was a past chairman of the NCAA Basketball Tournament Committee and for the past 15 years and been president of the SEC Coaches and Athletic Directors Association. He also served as chairman of the SEC Basketball Committee for a number of years and was past chairman of the NCAA summer baseball group.
Started UK Tournament
In those capacities he was instrumental in conducting the former SEC Tournament in Louisville and in bringing the NCAA Tournament to Freedom Hall.
In 1951 he became the first supervisor of officials in the Ohio Valley Conference, a position for which he qualified as a longtime referee in high school and college circles.
Perhaps on of Shively's most prized projects was the University of Kentucky Invitational Tournament each Christmas season, known as America's richest and most prestigious holiday basketball festival.
Shively also found time for recreational, civic and alumni affairs, although his duties as athletic director included finances, scheduling, travel arrangements and supervision of ticket sales.
At one time he was regarded as one of the outstanding amateur softball players in the Lexington area, starring at first base for independent teams.
Football coach Charlie Bradshaw praised Shively as "one of the guiding lights" in the SEC and said he had "the highest esteem of his contemporaries over the nation".  Bradshaw added: "I'm just terribly hurt because I know I've lost a great friend".
Son a UK Aide
Friends said Shively had volunteered his aid Saturday night when a basketball fan suffered a heart attack in the stands at the Kentucky-Pennsylvania game.
In addition to his wife, Ruth, he is survived by two children. His son, Doug, was a star end on the Lafayette High School and UK teams and is now an assistant on Bradshaw's staff after a six-year stint at Virginia Tech. His daughter, Mrs. David (Suzanne) Havens of Miami, was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UK in 1957.
UK authorities considered for a while yesterday the canceling of Tuesday night's Kentucky-North Carolina basketball game at Greensboro, but later said that the game will be played as scheduled.
Funeral services were tentatively set for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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