Fall 2006

Source of Strength


Dennis J. Coleman ’63 especially loved big band jazz, Shocker basketball and baseball, his dog Gus, Colorado — and his family.

For the past 18 years, he was a loan officer in the mortgage business, most recently with Ameri-National Mortgage Co. of Overland Park, Kan. Before that, Coleman worked as a residential real estate salesman and appraiser in the Kansas City area for 25 years, many of which he spent at the helm of Coleman and Associates Realtors. He served as president of the Kansas Association of Realtors in 1980, as president of the Johnson County Board of Realtors in 1975 and was named the organization’s Realtor of the Year in 1976.

A lifetime member of the WSU Alumni Association, Coleman had strong and varied ties to the Shocker community. A former member of the association’s board of directors, he also was active in Kansas City-area alumni activities, helping organize events and serving on membership task forces.

Coleman’s active support of Wichita State in general and WSU’s real estate offerings in particular garnered a letter of thanks from then-President Clark Ahlberg in 1983: “You have done so much for your alma mater in establishing the Chair in Real Estate and Land Use Economics at WSU and in every other way in which you have been asked to serve your university. I am most grateful to you and know that you will continue to be a source of strength to WSU.”

Dennis Coleman died Sept. 26 in Lenexa, Kan.


High-Flying Dad

Robert L. "Buck" Rogers '50, was a former flight and aerobatics instructor at Wichita's University Airport.

The Highest Caliber

Frederick "Fred" Sudermann '58/60, once said, "The only real job security is doing a good job that needs doing."

Source of Strength

Dennis J. Coleman '63 especially loved big band jazz, Shocker basketball and baseball, his dog Gus, Colorado— and his family.

A Curious Mind

Edith E. (Foth) Puff '38 majored in English and minored in history and journalism at the University of Wichita.