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Detlor, Virginia

Virginia E.
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Virginia Detlor
  • KU's very first 50-year employee
  • Supervisor of X-ray at Watkins Memorial Hospital
  • President twice of Lawrence Business and Professional Women's Club
  • 1978: named Woman of the Year by the Lawrence Jaycees
  • 1974: Kansas Society of Radiologic Technologists Lifelong Membership Award

Virginia Detlor is one of a rare breed who has throughout her long life demonstrated the world of possibilities for good that human beings can achieve.  She is a decent, hard-working individual who has made truly immeasurable contributions to Lawrence and to the state of Kansas.  She has been characterized as an example of what a woman "with drive, purpose, and caring" can do to better the lot of her fellow human beings.

 In church she plays the organ and piano and sings in the choir, and in her "spare time" over the years taught Sunday School, six of those years during which she also served on the church's Executive Council.  She currently serves as an elder of the church as well.  Friends and colleagues document her commitment to the Lawrence Civic Choir, and note her many kindnesses to visitors and students who have come to Lawrence from all over the world.

Since 1978, Ms. Detlor has served on the Board of Directors of the Douglas County Rape Victim Support Services, and since 1982 has driven "only" 1,186 miles, and not to be too specific, has served "only" 186 hours and 52 minutes in volunteer work for Hospice Care in Douglas County.  The former executive director of Hospice Care characterized her contribution to the quality of life of those she has helped as "beyond measure," noting that comments describing her as a "blessing" and a "godsend" were constantly coming in.

And lest you be deceived into believing this woman has spent her life doing only community work, you should know that she was, since 1959, been a member of the Lawrence Business and Professional Women's Club, a group dedicated to promoting and extending communities to business and professional women in the community.  But she's not just been any member. She has served as treasurer, secretary, parliamentarian, and twice President of the club.

In 1967, she became an instructor at KU's Department of Microbiology and was known not only for her excellent teaching abilities, but for her enthusiasm for translating the latest techniques and knowledge to her students.  She became KU's very first 50-year employee.

She has spent the last 49 years as a Registered Medical and Radiologic Technologist at Watkins Memorial Hospital, but "only" 47 as Supervisor of X-ray.  She also served as Assistant Director of Personnel.

She has held every elected and many appointive offices of the Kansas Society of Radiologic Technologists including president, twice.  In 1974 the Society honored her with its lifelong membership award reserved for only a select few; indeed she was only the second person since the Society's establishment in 1936 to receive the award.  She was also included in the 1970-71 edition of Who's Who in American Women.  In 1978, the Lawrence Jaycees named her Woman of the Year.

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