On Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005, Miss Olga Bays, 87, registrar emeritus at Culver-Stockton College, died in the Lewis County Nursing Home after a brief illness.
During her 34-year career at Culver-Stockton College from 1949-1983, Miss Bays had a profound effect on all of the students she touched.
Please take a moment and write your memory of Olga Bays. The memories will be posted at this site starting on Tuesday. Please include your name and graduation years or years attended C-SC.
I'm not a student at Culver-Stockton College but I took care of Miss Bays in the nursing home as a CNA. She was always very sweet and was someone I could talk to when I was having a bad day. I'll really miss her.
I first met Miss Bays when my father was at Culver-Stockton College and my mother worked in the registrar's office. I was "volunteered" to mow her yard. She paid me anyway. I came to C-SC in 1969. Part of my financial aid
was work/study. I was assigned to work in the registrar's office. I
found out later Miss Bays made sure I was assigned there. In late
September 1969, she called me into the office. I thought I was in
trouble. She said, "First of all, your mother is OK! Her car was struck
by a train. I have a call in to your father." After that call we talked
for a long while. For those moments my needs were all that mattered.
Miss Bays was no longer just my boss, she was family. I spent my four years at C-SC with her. There are few people I have known that I respected more. I will miss her greatly!
-William E. Roberts '73
Miss Bays was almost like another grandmother to me. She was my
grandmother Ruth's good friend. My memory I will always carry with me is
that she would make me an Easter Bunny birthday cake for my birthday every year. My birthday was in April and happened to fall near Easter every
year. She will be missed by many.
- Tyler Tomlinson '03
I remember Miss Bays fondly. She helped me with class selections
and encouraged me to set goals for my life. Yes, she could be firm, but
always cared for students of Culver-Stockton College.
- Paul Jensen '75
Miss Bays' European history class was an interesting class. She was also a
person who was always willing to help students. When Illinos changed a
requirement concerning mathematics, Miss Bays allowed me to take the hours needed from her. She also helped me in obtaining approval to teach
psychology at the high school level in Iowa.
- Ron Stonebraker '64
Ms. Bays demonstrated that candor and caring are not mutually
exclusive. She believed in others and had the unique gift of being able
to challenge and affirm them at the same time. My favorite memory is
being involved in a discussion at an Academic Council meeting on the
merits of "Flunk Day." Naturally, we were on different sides of the issue
and both of us didn't shy away from our positions. As the meeting concluded and everyone was going their separate ways, Ms Bays said, "You know it is OK to disagree and I still disagree with you. Can I give you a ride back to the Hawk House?" - a route that was definitely out of her way. Thanks Ms. Bays for teaching and demonstrating the virtues of honest discourse.
Jeff Stuerman '82
Thank you for sending this notice about Miss Bays. She was quite a woman!
- Jill Arnold Blickhan '79
Thank you! Miss Bays is fondly remembered by me as well as numerous
other C-SC graduates. Blessings!
- Roberta Ann Long McDaniel
Thank you for the update on Olga Bays. She was such a wonderfully, loyal and dedicated person to her Culver-Stockton. She stood head and shoulders above many people and demanded respect from her students. She will be missed. I hope she will have an antique shop and direct line to Culver-Stockton in her afterlife!
- Kay Leftwich, who was one of her students who admired and was sometimes intimidated by her, until I got to know her.
What endeared students to Miss Bays were her standards. When she
said something, that’s the way it was. You could depend on what she said.
- Tom Wiltshire ’66 and C-SC professor of biology emeritus