Garand Collectors Association's Gift Boosts Deane Scholarship Fund

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The Garand Collectors Association, founded by Eastern Kentucky University Art Professor Emeritus Richard Deane, who died in September, has made a $25,000 donation in his memory to the endowed art education scholarship that honors his work and legacy at EKU.

A two-time Kentucky Art Teacher of the Year and an inductee into the EKU College of Education Wall of Fame, Deane continued to mentor and support his students long after they graduated.

The Daniel Richard Deane Jr. Art Education Endowed Scholarship was established in his honor in 2002 to help generations of future students realize their dreams.

Deane founded the Garand Collectors Association in 1986 and managed and led the association for its first 15 years. The collector group is dedicated to the study, collection and safe shooting of the M1 Garand Rifle, the world’s first successful semi-automatic military rifle used as a U.S. Infantry weapon from 1936 until 1957; and the preservation and publication of its history and that of its inventor John C. Garand.

From an initial roster of 20 members, the association has now expanded to more than 15,000 members in eight countries. The simple newsletter that Deane established in 1986 is now The GCA Journal, a full-color, quarterly magazine that he often proudly called “the finest collector magazine in the country, and probably the world.” 

After his death, the GCA Board of Directors sought a fitting tribute to the man who started it all. A donation to the school and the subject that he loved seemed a natural choice.  The $25,000 gift will be used to increase the endowment of the fund, making it self-sustaining and permanent. Anyone wishing to make additional contributions to the scholarship should contact Tammy Taylor, EKU Foundation Scholarship Coordinator, at

Eastern Kentucky University is a comprehensive university serving approximately 16,500 students on its Richmond campus, at regional campuses in Corbin, Danville, Manchester and Somerset , and throughout Kentucky. Doug Whitlock serves as the University’s 11th president.

Published on November 07, 2011

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