20 Gayle Rose

Gayle Rose
Hometown (Last School)
Paris, KY (High)
1951-52, 1953-54, 1954-55
November 2, 1932

From the 1955 University of Basketball Media Guide;

A leading candidate for a starting guard berth this season, Rose saw action in 23 games last year, alternating between starting and reserve duty. The dependable six-foot Paris product is considered by many observers to be among the best change-of-pace dribblers in the business. It was Rose’s dribbling artistry that enabled to control the ball in the closing minutes and whip LSU for the championship in the playoff last year at Nashville .  The senior guard is regarded as an excellent long shot artist and also has developed a good one-hand jump shot .   Rose is a fast-driving type of player who operates with extreme effectiveness in the fast-break type of offense that relies upon. He made the schoolboy All-America cage team in his senior year at Paris, mainly on the basis of his ball-handling ability, and was selected “Mr. Basketball” (equivalent to most valuable player) following the annual North-South High School All-Star Game in 1950. Rose is studying a pre-dental course to follow in the footsteps of his father who is a doctor.

Obituary – Robert G. Rose, Lexington Herald-Leader (November 20, 2016)

ROSE Robert Gayle, age 84, died peacefully in his daughter’s arms on November 12, 2016 at The Homeplace at Midway after a long and courageous 12-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born on November 2, 1932 to the late Dr. J. M. Rose and Violette Fultz Rose in Olive Hill, KY. He leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Beverly Prall Rose and his daughter, Stacei Rose. He was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Gilbert Rose (Patricia) of DeSoto, TX; his brother-in-law, Dr. Joseph Knight (Marjorie) of Aberdeen, OH; and his nephew, David Rose (Amber) of Cynthiana. He is survived by his brother, Rev. James Rose (Jo Ann) of Cynthiana; his sister, Marjorie Rose Knight (Joseph) of Tallahassee, FL; his sister, Carolyn Sue Rose Wile (Bob) of Lexington; nieces and nephews.

Gayle had the distinction of playing basketball for his brother, Jimmy, at Olive Hill and Paris High Schools. In 1949, he led the Paris Greyhounds to the semi-finals of the State Tournament, where he was named to the All-State Tournament Team and a consensus All-State selection. In 1950, he was named the most outstanding player of the Central Conference, to the Kentucky All-Star Team and a consensus All-State selection. He was one of three players from Kentucky invited to participate in the North-South Game, where he was named Mr. Basketball. He was also named a First Team Chuck Taylor Converse selection.

He went on to play for the University of from 1950-55, where he was the point guard for The Undefeated Team of 1954. In 1955, he was named an All-Regional selection. He was also a member of the U.S. Air Force R.O.T.C. He graduated in 1955 with a B.S. in zoology. In the months that followed, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a pilot at Hondo A.F.B. In 1956, he was selected to play for the U.S. Air Force All-Star Team. He was honorably discharged in 1957 with the rank of First Lieutenant.

Gayle returned to the University of Kentucky and graduated from the College of Pharmacy in 1960. He was employed by McAdams and Morford Drug, Bourbon County Hospital, Hart’s Drug and was part owner of Gaines’ Pharmacy in Georgetown. In 1970, he began Rose Pharmacy in Olive Hill, where he served the people of Carter County for over 35 years, as his father had done before him.

He was President of the Olive Hill Industrial Foundation and served on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Grayson for over 30 years; he attended the First Christian Church. After his retirement, he returned to Lexington in 2011, where he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and attending Southland Christian Church.

Gayle has been inducted into the Paris High School Hall of Fame, the 10th Region Hall of Fame, the Dawahares/Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame and the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame. His jersey (#20) hangs retired in Rupp Arena. Gayle was infinitely competitive, handsome and dashing. He was truly a man for all seasons, who never gave up his fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.

His passions were U.K. basketball, golf, hunting and fishing. He could spend hours telling stories about playing basketball for Coach Adolph Rupp. We are forever indebted to the staff at The Homeplace at Midway for giving Gayle the most amazing love and care during his journey Home. Remembrance donations for Gayle may be made to Lexington Leadership Foundation, P.O. Box 4654, Lexington, 40544. Private services at Milward-Broadway and the Cemetery. www.milwardfuneral.com