1950s

dance

Students dance the "lindy."

registration

Registration in the Smith Fieldhouse.

president wilkinson

President Wilkinson greeting students.

  • President of the Church: David O. McKay
  • President of BYU: Ernest Wilkinson
  • President of USA: Harry S. Truman (1945–1953) and Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953–1961)
  • Major Events:
    • 1951 Color TV introduced
    • 1954 Segregation ruled illegal in U.S.
    • 1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on the bus
    • 1955 McDonald's Corporation founded

Alumni Memories

David Squires——1958

Whitewashing the "Y"

I was a student at BYU in the 1950's, and whitewashing the "Y" was a yearly event. Students would pass buckets of whitewash from person to person, and a select crew would throw it on the "Y." Hundreds of students were involved.

Beverly Scott——1955

Married on a Mission

I married my high school sweetheart, Dallin Gardner, at the beginning of my sophomore year, but I still went on to school because my husband was called on a mission to New Zealand. (Yes, they were calling married young men on missions back then!) I graduated in the summer of 1955 and taught third grade at Ashman Elementary in Richfield, Utah, for a year before my husband came home. We then returned to BYU and were head residents in Heritage Halls for two years. Our first daughter, Lori, was born while we were there. We had five more children. My school of education experience proved helpful when I taught first grade at South Elementary in Cedar City, Utah, and at Salk Elementary in Mesa, Arizona. Thanks for all you did! I was an effective, creative teacher because of the BYU Education Department.

Gary Lane Carson——1956

Prayer from Terry Tebbs

My memory involved having lunch in the downstairs of the Joseph Smith building and noticing that Terry Tebbs bowed his head to bless his food-—that impressed me. I was new to the Church as I came from Montana in 1954 to attend the “"Y,"” and to find humility in an athlete was an inspiration to me.

Don Bushore——1947–-1950

Athlete and Educator

don bushore

He holds the BYU record for highest average punt return yardage in a season at 22.9 yards per return, as well as for the most punt returns in a single game with eight. These records seem especially impressive because they have been standing for more than 65 years. What is most impressive about these records, though, is the man behind them. Read his story here.

Photos Courtesy, L.Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.

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