Spring 2012

Shocker Fan O' the Day


Richard CurryIn 2006, the Wichita Eagle named Richard "Dick" A. Curry '49/67 a "Shocker Fan O' the Day." The recognition was no surprise to fellow Shockers, but the headline seemed a bit of a misnomer — Curry was a Shocker fan and active university supporter for more than 50 years.

After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he graduated from the University of Wichita with a bachelor's degree in economics and then from Wichita State with a master's degree in business administration. He was not the only member of his family to be a Shocker graduate. His brothers, Meuli, Maurice, Tom and Bob, graduated in 1940, 1943, 1948 and 1964, respectively, and four of his and his wife Dee's five children are WSU grads too: Mary Beth '71, Robbie '75/87, Terrie '75/83 and Joe '85.

In 1976, Curry was elected president of the WSU Alumni Association. He continued his leadership on many alumni initiatives and association programs, including Ambassadors for the Alumni Association, a volunteer group formed in 1981 that assisted with membership sales, hosting events and working with the Student Alumni Association. In 1990, he chaired the association's Public Affairs Committee.

Curry, who retired in 1988 from the Coleman Co. after 40 years, joined the company in 1948 as an accounting trainee and went on to rise through the administrative ranks. In 1966, he was elected treasurer, was named a vice president in 1970, elected to the board in 1971 and became senior vice president of finance in 1974. After his retirement, he opened a management consulting firm, providing financial counseling to corporate and institutional clients, including Coleman.

Dick Curry died Oct. 28, 2011 in Wichita.


Shocker May Queen

At the time of her 50-year reunion with other University of Wichita graduates of 1939, Mary E. (Reser) Gary said her fondest memories of her student days were of "Mr. Wilner, the many college plays and Alpha Tau Sigma."

Shocker Fan O' the Day

In 2006, the Wichita Eagle named Richard "Dick" A. Curry '49/67 a "Shocker Fan O' the Day."

Journalism at its Best

"Forty Years of Kansas Journalism at Its Best" reads the headline on a 1986 WSU announcement about the Charles G. Pearson Endowed Scholarship in Journalism.

Never Grounded

Glen W. Zumwalt was presented the WSU Recognition Award in 1992, a decade after he received the Outstanding Engineering Research Award at WSU and a year after he retired from Wichita State as Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering.

In Memoriam

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