Kenny Diehl, BS’75, took to the hardwood courts of Memorial Gymnasium as Mr. Commodore in the days before mute mascots with huge foam heads and comical antics–and was one among a long line of cheerleaders who donned the chivalrous costume as the vocal leader of the Commodore faithful. Kenny was a yell leader, leading cheers over the microphone, and in the ‘71-’72 season he inherited the uniform. “Brent Blue [BA'72] passed the job to me,” he says. “I fit the uniform. We had an old admiral’s uniform that was white with yellow ribbons and double breasted. One of the duties of Mr. Commodore during basketball season was to take one of the new cheerleaders and shake hands with the opposing players.” Still an avid supporter of Vanderbilt athletics, Kenny is a senior vice president with the Nashville engineering firm of Smith, Seckman and Reid in charge of the civil and environmental engineering groups. Kenny and his wife, Patty Pangle Diehl, MS’76, live in Nashville and have two sons.
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