University Museums

Title: C.Y. Stephens, B.S. in Dairy Science, 1925
Name: Portrait
Date: 1963
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 30 × 36 in. (76.2 × 91.4 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. William Kiser. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Location: Iowa State University, C.Y. Stephens Auditorium, Front Lobby
Object Number: U99.24
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Clifford Y. Stephens, originally from Cherokee County, Georgia, graduated from Iowa State College (University) in 1925 with a degree in Dairy Science. His first job was as manager of the Farmers Co-Operative Milk Plant in Marshalltown, Iowa. He founded High's Dairy Product Corporation in 1933 in the District of Columbia area, and later pioneered jug milk distribution in Washington and Baltimore.

Stephens established a scholarship foundation at Iowa State, and also chaired the university's national campaign for the construction of a cultural and educational center (the Iowa State Center). He also donated 1 million dollars to the campaign. As stated on a plaque in the auditorium, Stephens said, "I would have liked to write a fine poem or a great book, or possibly made a worthy discovery in science, but since all these accomplishments have been denied me, I shall use my ability to accumulate money in such a manner as to make it possible to train many others to do the things I would have done."

Of Iowa State itself, he said "I love the place. It gave me what I needed to get through life. My gift is repayment for what Iowa State did for me." C.Y. Stephens married Mary Anne Marsh (Class of 1928) in 1931, and they had seven children. He was killed in an automobile accident in 1963.