Spring 2014

A Scholar's Life


Cornelius John DyckBorn in Russia in 1921, Cornelius John "C.J." Dyck '55 immigrated to Canada with his family when he was 5 years old. He attended school, worked on his father's farm and as a young man volunteered for service with the Mennonite Central Committee. Working primarily in Europe, but also South America, his assignments with the MCC included helping organize food relief to some 100,000 children daily in North Germany in 1946. He returned to Canada in 1951.

Dyck came to the United States to study at Bethel College, from which he graduated in 1953 before taking up graduate studies in history at the University of Wichita, while serving as pastor of the Zion Mennonite Church in Elbing, Kan. From 1955-59, he studied history and theology at the University of Chicago and worked as a business manager at the Mennonite Biblical Seminary.

From Chicago, he and his growing family moved to Elkhart, Ind., where he assisted the merging of two seminary schools to form the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, now the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He joined the new faculty as professor of historical theology, a position he held for 30 years until his retirement in 1989.

Dyck, who also directed the Institute of Mennonite Studies, is the editor of An Introduction to Mennonite History, which traces the history of Anabaptist-Mennonite life and thought from the 16th century to the present. The teacher, scholar and historian died Jan. 10, 2014, in Normal, Ill.


Grains of Wheat

Lee R. Riley '42 went to school in a one-room schoolhouse before graduating from Lamar (Colo.) High School and then living with his sister in Wichita while going to college.

Calm in the Chaos

Ken Landwehr '04, the retired Wichita Police Department lieutenant credited with helping solve more than 600 homicides over the course of his 35-year career, was described by a fellow detective as always being "the calm in the chaos."

A Scholar's Life

Born in Russia in 1921, Cornelius John "C.J." Dyck '55 immigrated to Canada with his family when he was 5 years old.

Powerful Presence

Melvin L. Davis '55 was born in Wichita, grew up in his childhood home on East 3rd Street, was educated at every level in Wichita schools and graduated from the University of Wichita with a bachelor's degree in business.

Freedom Bird

W. Stephen Hathaway, professor emeritus of English, taught creative writing and American literature at WSU from 1974-2012.

Elite Circle

An accounting graduate of the University of Wichita who served as president of Pi Alpha Pi during his student days, Ernest L. Balay '53 proved to be a lifelong supporter and contributor to his Alma Mater.

A First Lady

Morita M. (Crymes) Bateman, retired associate professor of finance, real estate and decision sciences at Wichita State, was a first lady in multiple ways.

Proud Shocker

Allen "Al" B. Taylor '54 was a running back on the University of Wichita's Shocker football team, before graduating with a bachelor's degree in physical education and going into military service with the U.S. Army.

In Memoriam

Leaving lasting legacies are these Wichita State University alumni and friends.