1997 - Present
Fifth General Manager and President, Daniel Scalf
After 27 years as assistant general manager, Daniel Scalf was named general manager of The Lexington Cemetery, April 1997, succeeding Bob Wachs.
Scalf began his career at the cemetery in 1965 as a part-time grounds-man while he was a student at the University of Kentucky. After he earned a bachelor's degree in education, he taught at Millersburg Military Institute until May 1970. Scalf joined the management team June 1, 1970.
Only the fifth general manager since 1849 of the second largest cemetery in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Scalf has been integral in completing several major building projects, including: the expansion of The
Lexington Mausoleum; installation of a third cremation retort; and expansion of the office building.
With the expansion of The Lexington Mausoleum, the structure now contains 1,422 crypts and 344 niches, making it the largest mausoleum and columbarium in Fayette County. A public ceremony was held on July 15, 1998 to dedicate the completion of Phase II of The Lexington Mausoleum.
When the third cremation retort was installed at The Lexington Crematory, a chapel was built on-site to provide comfort to survivors who elect to be there, or whose religious beliefs require them to be present during the cremation process.
The enlargement of the office building provided additional space for record storage and administrative operations. The office building now includes ramps, an elevator and handicap accessible restrooms.
Scalf is a past president of Kentucky Cemetery Association and the Southern
Cemetery Association. Additionally, he is active in the International
Cemetery and Funeral Association. Beyond his many responsibilities at the cemetery and forcemetery associations, Scalf has been an educational speaker at various conventions.
Sesquicentennial Anniversary Observance 1998-1999
During 1998 and 1999, The Lexington Cemetery observed and commemorated the 150th anniversary of its founding and first interment.
The sesquicentennial celebration began on February 2, 1998 when Senator Ernesto Scorsone introduced a resolution that passed in the State Senate of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to recognize The Lexington Cemetery for its 150 years of service to the people of Lexington-Fayette County.
During 1998, the public festivities to inform people about this community memorial
ground included a history walk, flora demonstration and a tour of decorative
The grand finale for the two-year anniversary celebration was a public ceremony on October 2, 1999, exactly 150 years to the date after the first burial took place. The master of ceremonies for the event was John Lingren, news anchor for the ABC affiliate, WTVQ TV-36. Charlotte Thompson, vocalist for First Corinthians Baptist Church, was the featured singer at this historic event. Historian Thomas Clark was the keynote speaker. Daniel Scalf and Ted Broida, chairman of the board of directors for The Lexington Cemetery, made comments on behalf of the cemetery board and management. Mayor Pam Miller, United States Congressman Ernie Fletcher and Kentucky Senator Ernesto Scorsone each presented proclamations to Ted Broida, who accepted them on behalf of the board of directors and management.
The ceremony was followed by a history tour led by Ronald Bryant, Ph.D.,
curator of rare books for the Kentucky Historical Society, and Sam Flora,
State commander for the Kentucky Division Sons of Confederate Veterans.
During the tour, walkers enjoyed presentations by professional Chautauqua
presenters including George McGee who portrayed Henry Clay and Hassan
Davis who played the role of A.A. Burleigh, an African-American Union
soldier. Additionally, Cliff and Joan Howard portrayed Abraham Lincoln
and Mary Todd Lincoln, and members of the 6th Kentucky Cavalry, CSA, 4th
Infantry, CSA and 7th Kentucky Infantry portrayed Civil War soldiers memorialized in The Lexington Cemetery.
The 21st Century
The Lexington Cemetery reflects the social and economic changes that have
taken place in this city and county. Within its gates lie people of different
political, economic and social standing, race and religion, all in equality
in the majestic beauty of nature.
Memorials recognize the mothers, fathers, farmers, clergy, merchants, horseman, bankers, lawyers, war heroes and people from all walks of life who rest in peace. Due to the planning and stewardship of the trustees, management and workers there will be space available for the next 100 years for people who will have contributed to the growth and well-being of Lexington-Fayette County, Kentucky.