Project SummaryGloria Singletary served as the First Lady of the University of Kentucky as wife of Dr. Otis A. Singletary, 8th President of the University from 1969 until 1987. She was an active supporter of the University and a tireless campus volunteer. She was also active in the community beyond the campus, lending her time and support to The American Red Cross, Baby Health Service, Central Kentucky Blood Bank, Hospital Children's Fund, International Book Project, Junior Achievement, Kentucky Arts and Crafts Foundation, Kentucky Citizens For the Arts, Kentucky Commission on Women, Lexington Child Abuse Council, Lexington Fund For the Arts, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, YWCA, Lexington Philharmonic Society, and United Way of the Bluegrass. Her adoration to and for The Living Arts and Science Center, in particular, endured over 40 years. The Gloria W. Singletary Gallery, located in the Center, was created in recognition of her many contributions.
Singletary attended Perkinston Junior College where she also met her husband, Otis, in 1940. They married on D Day, June 6th, 1944. She graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS with a bachelor's degree in history in 1948. She succeeded her husband in death after a brief illness in 2012.