Spring 2014

Freedom Bird


W. Stephen HathawayW. Stephen Hathaway, professor emeritus of English, taught creative writing and American literature at WSU from 1974-2012. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship Grant, he spent a sabbatical year in Cambridge, England, in 1982. His collection of short stories, A Kind of Redemption, was published by the Louisiana State Press in 1991.

Raised in Mt. Clemens, Mich., he attended Michigan State University, served in the Peace Corps in Trinidad and as a translator in Vietnam before earning his MFA at Bowling Green State University. There he met his former wife, Jeanine, a poet, and the couple moved to Wichita, where they joined the English department.

In a 1991 interview, Hathaway explained that the 11 stories in Redemption are simultaneously about and not about the Vietnam War: "Vietnam can be like the setting, or metaphor, well, for the kinds of resiliency of the human spirit." Some of the stories reflect his own experience; one is particularly autobiographical. "Freedom Bird," written in 1977, deals with the death of the protagonist's father, which resulted in his ticket home from the war.

In 2002, Hathaway again creatively focused on the complexities of the human spirit in "The Incredible Vastness of Things," an essay on the aftermath of 9/11 that served as Coda in The Shocker's summer issue.

A staunch Democrat and enthusiastic outdoorsman, Steve Hathaway died Dec. 26, 2013, in Gray, Maine.


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.