Dero Downing touched not only Bowling Green, where he served as president of Western Kentucky University for 10 years, but a number of cities along a long stretch of Interstate 65.
He was raised in Horse Cave. He received his education specialist degree in Nashville. And his family expanded beyond Bowling Green to include Elizabethtown.
Downing died Monday at age 89. Downing’s daughter, Kathryn Smith, and her husband, Elvin, live in Elizabethtown.