Mr. Frank O. Moxley
(Inducted in 1998)
In 1958, Dr. Frank O. Moxley became the first American to earn a master's degree in psychology and guidance from Western Kentucky University. Dr. Moxley has also been an educator, coach and was the first guidance counselor in the state of Kentucky. He formed the first Negro Athletic League in Kentucky (serving as its commissioner for 10 years), the Southern Negro Athletic Conference and helped establish Cumberland Trace Legal Services. Dr. Moxley began his career as a pre-med student at Wilberforce University in Ohio. From there he attended graduate school programs at Ohio State, Indiana and Indiana State universities before coming back to Bowling Green at Western in 1956. In 1974, he earned his doctorate in psychology from East Coast University/National Christian University. In 1931, Dr. Moxley began a 24-year career as a teacher and assistant coach at State Street High School in Bowling Green. He then spent 10 years as a counselor and basketball coach at High Street School in Bowling Green and a year as a counselor and assistant basketball coach at Bowling Green High School.
Dr. Moxley is active in the Bowling Green-Warren County Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Kentucky Economic Opportunity Council, the Kentucky Coaches Association, the Kentucky Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Warren County Democratic Executive Committee. He was recognized for his service when a local recreation center was named for him. He has been married to Pearlee Goodbar for more than 50 years and they have three children: Warren D. Moxley, Shirley Hill and Mary A. Sands.