Spring 2008

Our National Treasure


Leon Snitz

Leon G. Snitz fs '24 was known for being a man unafraid of change. At the age of 101, he exercised regularly and was having a new computer installed. 

An advocate for keeping up to date with people, technology and current events, Snitz took up computers at the age of 85. In 1998, he enrolled for a computer science class at Phoenix College. A fan of biographies, he read hundreds of them. He also read eight to 10 newspapers every day.

A retired credit manager at Fairbanks Morse & Co. and past president of the Kansas City Missouri Credit Association, Snitz attended Fairmount College from 1923 to 1924, but left school to help take care of his three brothers, the youngest of whom, Floyd ’37, went on to graduate from the University of Wichita.

Snitz was the father and stepfather of four, grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of 21. Jerry Harris of Phoenix, Ariz., describes his step-father as a “remarkable man. He truly was and still is our national treasure.” 

Leon Snitz died Nov. 16, 2007, in Peoria, Ariz.



Bold Gold Shocker

Max E. Hubbard '57 was a family man, retired businessman and avid Wichita State supporter.

Our National Treasure

Leon G. Snitz fs '24 was known for being a man unafraid of change.

Kansas Hospitality

Frank W. Hafer fs '40 made his mark on the hospitality business.

Thanks for the Memories

In 1985, Charles E. Heilmann '64 spoke to a group of scholarship students at Butler County Community College. He encouraged them to never lose the love of learning.

In Memoriam

These alumni and university friends leave lasting legacies.