Spring 2014

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.

She was, for example, the only woman and one of only two civilians to earn a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina in 1946. She then became the first woman faculty member in USC's physics department, while continuing her studies at the University of North Carolina, from which she earned a master's degree in physics in 1950.

After her husband completed his bachelor's degree, Boeing Wichita offered both of them jobs, and she became the company's first woman engineer. In 1963, she began doctorate studies in engineering operations research at Oklahoma State, commuting every weekend to be with her family in Wichita.

In 1965, she joined WSU's adjunct faculty and taught courses in industrial and mechanical engineering as the sole woman in the engineering college. She also caught the attention of Fran Jabara, dean of WSU's business college, who recruited her to develop the area of production/operations management. She finished her PhD in 1967, becoming the first doctorate member of the business faculty. During her 32 years at WSU, she was perhaps proudest of her success in having Alpha Kappa Psi change its rule that once barred women from belonging to the honorary business fraternity.

She died Oct. 9, 2013, in Wichita.


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.