Lee Robertson, ‘Mr. Western,’ celebrates turning 100

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Mr. Western, a well-known feature of Western Kentucky University, celebrated a milestone today.

On Thursday, June 16, Lee Robertson, also known as Mr. Western, turned 100 years old.

“There’s only one Mr. Western,” said Robertson. “With all the great people that’s been here and the great things they’ve done, somewhere I got that title. I said I don’t know that I deserve it, but I sure do appreciate it. And when they use it, it’s very pleasing.”

In his time, the WKU alum has worn many hats, including serving as a WKU golf coach, a superintendent for Barren County Schools and in the U.S. Army’s 44th tank battalion in World War II, according to his alumni profile on WKU’s website.

Robertson said he attributes his long life to diet, exercise and a positive attitude. He said that the buildings may be beautiful, but Western is people and the Western people are the ones he loves, enjoys and appreciates being around.