Roscoe Conklin Preston, A.B. '13, LL.B. '14
Delta Chi; Lamp and Cross; Varsity Basketball and Baseball; Henry Clay Law Society; Mountain Club.
"A solemn air and the best comforter to an unsettled mind." When "Pars" went about on the athletic field or floor, he had the grace and agility of a vessel on a smooth sea. This ease of manner and poise of body have caused the ladies to forget their "votes." We can say that if he says anything at all about you, it will be something good. The Law will have one honest man to boast of when he is "crossing the Bar." There is a dread among his friends however, that he may go to the Legislature like "Dart" Bryson and get his morals corrupted. He is holding a high place among the athletes for clean, manly playing and winner-ship. Riches do not trouble "Pars." For he often quotes the Holy Writ, "what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own 'Gaines'."
-The Kentuckian, 1914
Roscoe Conklin Preston, Sr. (March 9, 1890 - February 16, 1929) was born in Martin County, Kentucky to James Madison Preston and Frances Dixie Taylor. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Preston moved to Boyd County and began practicing law. Preston briefly practiced in Williamson, West Virginia in the firm of Damron & Preston before returning to Boyd County. Preston contracted tuberculosis in 1923. He moved his practice to Phoenix, Arizona for his health; however, Preston died from the disease in 1926. Preston married Jane E. Gaines.