Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sesquicentennial Stories: The Promise of UK #146

Louis Edward Nollau was born in Quincy, Illinois on January 15, 1883.  His father, a minister of the Evangelical Reformed Church, moved the family around the Midwest and settled in Louisville, Kentucky.  After graduating from DuPont Manual High School in Louisville, Louis Nollau entered the University of Kentucky and received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  He began teaching immediately, accepting an appointment of Instructor in the Wood Shop.  Within four years he became Assistant Professor of Mechanical Drawing.  Later, he received the degree of Mechanical Engineer.  From July 1919 to July 1934, Professor Nollau served as Head of the Department of Mechanical Drawing.  In 1934, the College of Engineering was reorganized and he became a Professor of Engineering Drawing, in which capacity he served until his death. 

Portrait of Nollau
Photography was Professor Nollau’s lifelong hobby.  By the time he graduated from college his work was recognized as professional in quality.  He served for many years as official photographer of the Southern Railway System, working full time in summer months and performing occasional special assignments at other times.  His service to the University of Kentucky in the capacity of photographer extended over forty two years.  He did photographic work for every college on the campus.  His photographic services to the Agricultural Experiment Station, to the Department of Athletics, and to the College of Engineering were particularly extensive.  He passed away on April 19, 1955; these notes were taken from the Board of Trustees Minutes.

Image taken by Nollau of High Bridge
The University Archives holds thousands of photographs taken by Professor Nollau.  Please visit http://exploreuk.uky.edu for images and contact uk150@uky.edu for more information.

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