A Family Affair

Members of the family of the late W. Ernest Bird ’15, acting president of Western Carolina from 1947 to 1949 and president from 1956 to 57, recently visited the Bird Alumni House as part of an orientation session attended by freshman Sarah Vaughan (center), Bird’s great-granddaughter. Also touring the old family homeplace were Sarah’s parents, Hannah Bird Engman Vaughan (left) and Lee Vaughan (right), and sister Lora. Built by Bird and his wife, Myrtle Wells Bird ’16, as their private residence in 1940, the house was acquired by the university in 1976 and offered to the WCU Alumni Association in 1990.