Fall 2017

In Memoriam

Carlton G. Allen ’68, teacher and administrator at Kansas public schools in Wichita, Hays and Caney, May 21, 2017, Caney, Kan.

Steve L. Allen ’55/61, Korean War veteran who served in the U.S. Army and teacher who retired in 1992 from Wichita’s East High School after 35 years, Aug. 27, 2017, Edmond, Okla.

Marvin S. Baker ’48, member of the Civilian Conservation Corps who was the survey crew medic at a CCC camp in South Dakota; veteran of World War II who served as a corporal, working as a surgical technician in New Guinea and the Philippines; Korean War veteran who served as a captain in the Adjutant General Corps as a special services officer; retired administrator and teacher whose career included teaching biology, biochemistry and ecology at public schools in Texas, May 19, 2017, McAllen, Texas.

Ruth E. (Benshoff) Barber ’69, homemaker and retired English teacher, April 19, 2017, Daleville, Va.

Jessica E. Barron ’08, philosophy graduate who worked assisting adults with developmental disabilities, writer and poet, June 14, 2017, Lawrence, Kan.

Helen L. (Drugan) Bearden fs ’40, homemaker, April 14, 2017, Wichita.

Clark J. Beck ’54/61, veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served as an officer at the Arnold Engineeering Development Center wind tunnel facility in Tullahoma, Tenn.; aeronautical engineer whose career included working as a vibration and noise problems specialist at Boeing facilities in Wichita, Huntsville, Ala., and Seattle, Wash., until his retirement in 1993; and aerospace historian who in 1999 became a docent at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Aug. 2, 2017, Wichita. A life member of the WSUAA, Beck worked at the university’s wind tunnel while studying aeronautical engineering at the University of Wichita. On the occasion of the Class of 1954’s 50-year reunion, he shared one of his memories of campus life: “Some members of the Aero Engineering Class of ’54 moved a metal plate containing a quote by Henry Ford from the Commons building to the then new engineering building. The plate is located on a large rock south of the engineering building.”

Gracia L. “Lou” (Bundren) Beck ’70, homemaker, retired elementary school teacher, June 3, 2017, Brighton, Colo.

Victor W. Bender ’63, retired aeronautical engineer whose career included working on a number of government contracting projects with major aircraft corporations and at Edwards Air Force Base in California, Aug. 24, 2017, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Gregory H. Bergh ’83, retired U.S. Navy commander, naval aviator and flight instructor whose posts included serving as aviation safety officer while stationed in Iceland, Sicily, and Atsugi, Japan; former pilot trainer at Beechcraft Corp. who most recently worked at Flight Safety International as a pilot trainer in Falcon Jets, July 21, 2017, Lodi, N.J.

John G. Berglund ’82, retired computer programmer, Aug. 17, 2017, Hutchinson, Kan.

Sarah E. (Wolford) Bigley ’04, homemaker and social worker for Rainbows United, May 13, 2017, Wichita.

Florence E. (Fitzwilliams) Brown fs ’41, homemaker, April 9, 2017, Las Vegas, Nev.

Richard W. Brush ’74/79, PE graduate and retired physical education teacher, April 12, 2017, McPherson, Kan.

Thomas A. Bush ’49, WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Army for three years in New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan; lawyer who practiced for more than 30 years in Wichita and who served as municipal court judge before retiring in 1990, May 12, 2017, Wichita.

Shirley A. (Woolen) Carbon ’76, chemistry graduate and small business co-owner, April 16, 2017, Wichita.

R. Michael “Mike” Chisham ’74, mechanical engineer, July 26, 2017, Houston, Texas.

Ernest L. Chrisco ’78, retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant, Aug. 30, 2017, Derby, Kan.

Kenneth L. Clark ’63/68, retired history teacher at Robinson Middle School and guidance counselor at Southeast High School in Wichita, Aug. 30, 2017, Wichita.

Michael “Mickey” Ann Cohlmia ’71, elementary education graduate, teacher, florist, decorator, Sept. 15, 2017, Wichita.

Tasha T. (McAbee) Cooper ’77/84, nursing teacher and nurse whose career included working at Wesley Medical Center and the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita, Sept. 14, 2017, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Karen L. (Copeland) Zeman ’92, former sociology instructor at Newman University in Wichita and social sciences teacher at Oakridge High School in Arlington, Texas, April 1, 2017, Arlington.

Virginia S. (Schroeder) Corrin ’45, economics graduate, homemaker, former hospital purchasing department secretary in Kansas City, Mo., and manager of the First Presbyterian Church’s Economy Corner in Wichita, Aug. 30, 2017, Wichita. A life member of the WSUAA, Corrin served as vice president of Pi Kappa Psi sorority during her time on campus. She was also active in the pep group Wheaties, for which she served as treasurer during her senior year. She also met her future husband John Corrin ’46 at WU. The two wed in 1946, and they and their growing family lived in Russell and Colby, Kan., Downers Grove and Chicago, Ill., Grand Rapids, Mich., and Raytown, Mo., before returning to Wichita.

William “Bill” R. Coughenour ’58, industrial engineering graduate who was a football letterman at the University of Wichita and who joined Beech Aircraft in 1958 as a methods analyst, going on to serve as aerospace contracts director and retiring as a vice president after 37 years with the aerospace corporation, Sept. 9, 2017, Holiday Island, Ark.

Janet R. (Taylor) Cranmer ’71, business administration, accountancy graduate, homemaker, June 15, 2017, Centennial, Colo.

Carolyn S. (Dove) Crawford ’63, flutist who played in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and who taught flute at the College of St. Mary’s in Omaha, Neb., for 20 years, retired secretary at the University of Nebraska-Omaha registrar’s office, former music teacher at Wichita public schools, Aug. 11, 2017, Glenwood, Iowa.

James R. Criniti ’66, U.S. Air Force veteran, businessman, general contractor, business administration graduate who retired from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Aug. 22, 2017, Mount Carbon, W.V.

Casey L. Cummings ’11, critical care nurse who worked in Via Christi Hospital St. Francis’ trauma surgical ICU, veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard who served as a combat medic during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Sept. 9, 2017, Valley Center, Kan.

James A. Curry ’62, Korean War veteran who served in the U.S. Army, former barber and high school accounting teacher, July 4, 2017, Mulvane, Kan.

Myron L. Dannar ’49, WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Navy, and business administration graduate who became an independent fire and casualty agent and owner of Dannar Insurance Services Inc. in Wichita, July 16, 2017, Bel Aire, Kan. A life member of the WSUAA, Dannar was active in both public and professional service. In 1973, he was elected to a term on the Andover (Kan.) School Board; he was a member of the Service Corps of Retired Executives; and he was a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Wichita, for which he served a term as president.

Kathy J. (Gentry) Dawson ’94, accounting graduate, homemaker, Aug. 30, 2017, Wichita.

Florence A. (Cox) Demott ’70, homemaker, business ed graduate, June 15, 2017, Peck, Kan.

Sheri S. (McGinnis) Devore ’71, homemaker, security dispatcher for Wichita public schools, July 15, 2017, Wichita.

Horace D. Eaton ’58, retired banker whose career included positions at banks in Satanta, Kan., Guymon, Okla., and Hollis, Okla., where he retired as president and CEO from the Great Plains National Bank in 1998, Aug. 3, 2017, Wichita.

Margaret H. (Dahlquist) Eddy ’77, homemaker, retired elementary school teacher, Aug. 14, 2017, Lindsborg, Kan.

Frank M. Edwards ’64, U.S. Army veteran and founder and owner of the restaurant Frank’s Country Inn, Aug. 19, 2017, Tulsa, Okla.

Terry D. Erickson ’71, retired mechanical engineer, May 24, 2017, Wichita.

Henry “Hank” S. Farha Jr. ’51, retired investment broker and Air Force Reserves veteran who retired with the rank of colonel, avid Shocker sports fan, July 14, 2017, Wichita.

Bruce B. Fitts ’54, WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Navy, attorney who practiced in Wichita for 63 years, June 18, 2017, Wichita.

Marvin E. Frankamp ’73, retired petroleum geologist, July 12, 2017, Wichita.

Sharon L. (Sellers) Fredrickson ’85, retired nurse, homemaker, July 3, 2017, Wichita.

Jane E. (Schmidt) Curry Goldhamer ’64, homemaker, psychology graduate, Aug. 22, 2017, Beaverton, Ore.

Linda L. (Smyres) Goodson ’80, CPA who worked in healthcare organizations, Sept. 16, 2017, Glendale, Ariz.

Gary L. Golobay ’72, mechanical engineer whose work included as senior principal engineer at Engenio Information Technologies, Aug. 13, 2017, Wichita.

James A. Guenthner ’69, retired graphic designer who worked for 36 years at the Dayton Daily News, illustrator of the children’s book Ted Studebaker: A Man Who Loved Peace, June 19, 2017, Citrus Springs, Fla.

John M. Hagler ’67, Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force, percussionist who was a member of a number of jazz bands and the back-up percussionist for the Ozark Jubilee, and retired private practice mental health counselor who specialized in post traumatic stress and substance abuse therapy and who served as clinical director at the Ozarks Veteran Community Center in Springfield, Mo., Aug. 8, 2017, Independence, Mo. A life member of the WSUAA, Hagler was also a poet, with a number of his poems referencing classes taken and other experiences as a student at Wichita State.

Andrew J. Hardesty ’91, investigator with the State Board of Indigent Services in Wichita, July 12, 2017, Bella Vista, Ark.

James E. Haught ’55, veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve, Shocker baseball letterman who played semi-pro ball with the Boeing Bo-Jets, retired school administrator, teacher and coach whose positions included that of head baseball coach at East High School in Wichita, June 25, 2017, Wichita.

Delmar W. Hollon ’76, veteran of the U.S. Navy, retired Sedgwick County youth residence counselor, , July 12, 2017, Arkansas City, Kan.

William E. Horn ’52, economics graduate, July 18, 2017, Valley Center, Kan.

Patricia A. (Dirck) Howard ’51, homemaker, former high school English teacher, and former clerk and stenographer at the Tennessee Valley Authority, May 21, 2017, Knoxville, Tenn.

Gregory D. Hurt ’88, Textron Aviation systems safety engineer, July 14, 2017, Clearwater, Kan.

Robert “Bob” F. Jackson ’69/72, retired physical education teacher who taught for 43 years at Wichita public schools, was named 1990 Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and who after retirement taught pickleball for Wichita Parks & Recreation, Aug. 13, 2017, Wichita.

Mary M. (Breitenstein) James ’77/79, public service employee with 50 years of service in Kansas and Missouri, including working for five different chiefs of police and as a court services officer for the city of Kansas City, May 21, 2017, Shawnee Mission, Kan.

Robert E. Jernigan ’73/76, political science and secondary education graduate, June 4, 2017, Wichita.

Milford M. Johnson ’60, retired Wichita North High School administrator, July 22, 2017, Halstead, Kan.

Garth M. Kennedy ’53, retired insurance salesman and executive planning consultant at Dulaney, Johnston & Priest Life, Health & Financial Services Corp., who was on the Debate Team while a student at the University of Wichita, Sept. 1, 2017, Wichita.

Bruce E. Kline ’77, retired clinical psychologist and founder of Bruce Kline Psy.D. & Associates in Dayton, Ohio; former psychology instructor at Sterling College in Sterling, Kan., and clinical educator at Wright State University in Dayton; past president and chair of the Dayton Opera Board who was key in the formation of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, and member of the Dayton Opera Chorus, with which he sang in 80 operas, Aug. 4, 2017, Dayton.

Brady K. Krueger ’78, insurance agent at the independent agency of Krueger Insurance Management in Newton, Kan., July 28, 2017, Newton.

Robert E. LaForge ’59, WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Army, business teacher at El Dorado High School in El Dorado, Kan., from 1953 to 1959, and founder and owner of LaForge’s Business Machines & Supplies in El Dorado, Aug. 4, 2017, El Dorado, Kan.

Robert C. Laughlin ’59, U.S. Army veteran who served from 1954 to 1956, and longtime Wichita businessman, whose career featured working in the furniture business and in a number of positions, including as director of marketing and as vice president, at Janzen Business Machines Inc., in Wichita, July 22, 2017, Wichita. A lifetime member of the WSUAA, Laughlin was a University of Wichita business administration graduate who went on to earn a master’s degree in retailing from New York University.

Sara L. (McGough) Lendzion ’68, retired teacher, July 28, 2017, Albuquerque, N.M. A life member of the WSUAA, she met her husband Dennis while both were attending Wichita State. After he became a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, the Lendzions had 21 years of military life together, living in many locations, including AFBs in Spain and Germany. While in Europe, she loved to ski and race Porsches, winning a number of Porsche Club races. An elementary education graduate, she taught school at many of the places he was based and, after his retirement from the USAF, she taught in Keller, Texas, and also for nine years at the Federal Corrections Institute in Seagoville.

Samuel “Sam” J. Lentz ’71, CPA whose accounting career included work as a staff accountant with Spurrier & Co. in Wichita and later as a principal with the firm of Cropp & Associates CPAs, also in Wichita, Aug. 23, 2017, Haysville, Kan.

Lois J. Lofton ’74, retired Wichita public elementary school teacher, homemaker, May 26, 2017, Overland Park, Kan.

Linda D. (Jeffries) Marshall ’74, retired Wichita Symphony Orchestra business manager whose career in accounting also included serving as general accounting manager at the Wichita Eagle-Beacon newspaper, July 24, 2017, Wichita.

Laura E. McCormick-Lohr ’12, licensed substance abuse counselor and social worker for the Kansas Department of Children and Families, July 30, 2017, Pawnee Rock, Kan.

Michael P. McGill ’75, business administration graduate, Aug. 23, 2017, Leawood, Kan.

Larry R. Meier ’75, U.S. Air Force veteran, retired manager with 40 years at Beech Aircraft (later Raytheon Aircraft and then Hawker Beechcraft) whose positions included energy and conservation manager and facilities engineer, July 13, 2017, Wichita.

Max M. Menges ’74, Kansas Air National Guard veteran and accountant who was active in the Association of Government Accountants, serving in a number of board positions, including that of president, and who retired as an Accountant III with the state of Kansas, Aug. 20, 2017, Topeka, Kan. A life member of the WSUAA, Menges was noted for his involvement with the Capital-Area WSU Alumni Chapter, which included his serving up pizza to more than 80 WSU alumni, administrators and state legislators who attended the WSUAA’s Fourth Annual Capitol Alumni Reception at the Statehouse.

Margaret J. (Thompson) Miller ’64, retired teacher, environmental activist, consumer advocate, homemaker, Aug. 30, 2017, Wichita.

Wilfred P. Mies ’61, retired Koch Industries accountant and U.S. Army veteran, June 6, 2017, Wichita.

Julie A. (Seamster) Olivas ’96/03, United Health Care social worker and homemaker, June 11, 2017, Wichita.

James C. Olson ’60, Korean War veteran who served in the U.S. Army, retired district marketing representative for Phillips Petroleum, July 2, 2017, Albuquerque, N.M.

Lee E. Parker ’77, attorney and retired municipal court judge who also taught criminal justice and administration as an assistant professor at WSU, July 9, 2017, Wichita.

Michael D. Pearlman ’66, historian, author and educator who taught history at universities in Illinois, Wisconsin and Nebraska before joining the faculty in 1986 at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Aug. 15, 2017, Lawrence, Kan.

Gladys D. Peavey ’59/68, retired school librarian, homemaker, Sept. 12, 2017, Ocoee, Tenn.

Gerald “Gary” R. Perryman ’75, retired Boeing engineer, Sept. 11, 2017, Derby, Kan.

J. Michael “Mike” Pickett ’64, Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force, 25-year member of the San Antonio Fire Department who, after retiring from the department, taught fire science at San Antonio College, Aug. 19, 2017, San Antonio, Texas.

Connie I. Pierce ’85, retired K-12 special education teacher, Sept. 17, 2017, Coon Rapids, Iowa.

Robert M. Pierpoint ’61, U.S. Army veteran, retired insurance adjuster and office manager for CNA Insurance, Sept. 3, 2017, Wichita.

B. Dan Pinick ’51, U.S. Navy veteran, political science graduate who went on to earn a juris doctorate from Washburn University and later graduated from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business as a Sloan Fellow, and retired Boeing executive vice president who began work at the aircraft company in Wichita as a lawyer in materiel and spent 43 years at Boeing, mostly in Seattle, in business management, ending his career as president of the Defense & Space Group and senior vice president of The Boeing Co., June 26, 2017, Sequim, Wash. In a 1994 interview for a WSUAA publication, Pinick, who before his retirement from Boeing in 1993 led a workforce of some 40,000, offered some career advice: “The most important thing is to do the job you have at the moment with as much excellence as you know how. Secondly, understand your boss’ job and do what you can to make that job easier for him or her. Take care of your assignment, and the future will take care of itself.”

Bill D. Powell ’57, Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force as a navigator and retired after 22 years of active duty as a lieutenant colonel, educator who established the industrial education department at the University of Texas at Austin, July 19, 2017, Austin, Texas.

Karen S. (Pulliam) Puetz ’84, businesswoman and co-owner of Central Ag Wheel and Tire in Wichita, Aug. 16, 2017, Benton, Kan.

Pamela J. Puntenney ’69, elementary education graduate who taught school in Kansas and Vermont before earning advanced degrees at the University of Michigan and launching Environmental & Human Systems Management, a consulting firm based in Ann Arbor, Mich., that assisted organizations world wide in addressing envriomental issues, June 10, 2017, Ann Arbor.

Esther (Gibson) Rickelton ’58, homemaker and retired librarian and coordinator of the King County Library System, June 3, 2017, Normandy Park, Wash.

Barbara C. Roberts ’69, retired Wichita public elementary school teacher, May 21, 2017, Wellington, Kan.

John S. Rogers ’74/78, retired salesman for IBM and for High Touch Technologies, June 27, 2017, Wichita.

Donald G. Schlesinger ’56, former minor league baseball player with the New York Yankees organization; U.S. Navy veteran who served aboard the submarine Sable Fish and then, during the Korean War, aboard the USS Haley, a destroyer; business administration graduate who worked in management for 20 years at the Travelers Corp. in positions that began with that of agency service representative in Oklahoma City, Okla., and later regional equities marketing manager for the western United States based out of California and who, along with his wife, started Schlesinger Financial Services, which the couple sold after 21 years in operation, Sept. 15, 2017, Laguna Niguel, Calif.

John “Jack” C. Schmitt ’59, retired dentist who practiced in Wichita for more than 30 years, July 26, 2017, Wichita.

Norma J. (Foulk) Schoeppel ’78, homemaker, retired Haysville, Kan., public school teacher, June 1, 2017, Clearwater, Kan.

Ernest F. Schroer ’50, economics graduate who was a licensed CPA in Wichita, July 6, 2017, Wichita.

John L. Schutt ’74, retired systems analyst at Boeing and a professional automobile relocation executive with Avis, July 31, 2017, Wichita.

Elaine M. (Meyer) Scott ’81, homemaker, general studies grad, June 22, 2017, Wichita.

Leigh S. Shaffer ’69/74, psychology graduate and golf letterman, former assistant professor of psychology at Penn State University, professor of sociology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Aug. 5, Columbia, Mo.

Ron K. Shepherd ’84, administration of justice graduate, Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Army, and retired Petco manager, June 26, 2017, Savannah, Mo.

Kay (Roskam) Sherwood ’66, music educator who earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Southern Methodist University, a master’s degree in piano performance from Wichita State, and a PhD in music education/therapy from the University of Kansas, who was president of the American Music Therapy Association (2000-2001) and who was a music faculty member at Kamehameha School, Honolulu, Hawaii; Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Wash.; Long Beach State University, Long Beach, Calif.; and Chapman University, Orange, Calif., Sept. 4, 2017, Wichita.

Howard V. Southard ’55, U.S. Navy veteran whose career included serving with the Photo Squadron VAP-62 conducting mapping updates of Cuba for two years prior to the Cuban Missile Crisis, serving as executive officer of VAW-115, an airborne control squadron deployed on board the USS Ranger and retiring in 1981, after which he worked in civil service at Saufley Field, Aug. 18, 2017, Pensacola, Fla.

Leland “Lee” E. Spalding ’64, U.S. Air Force veteran and business administration graduate who went on to a career in Wichita’s aviation industry with 26 years at Boeing starting out as an electrical inspector for the flight line and 19 years at Cessna as director of quality assurance, a position that included coordinating with the FAA and certifying and delivering Cessna aircraft, Aug. 7, 2017, Wichita.

Dorothy M. (McConville) Spohn ’73, homemaker and elementary education graduate who earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Miami University in 1978 and whose career included teaching at Elda Elementary School in Ross, Ohio, where she directed the school’s annual Science Invention Fair and from which she retired in 1995, Aug. 5, 2017, Cincinnati, Ohio. A life member of the WSUAA, Spohn was an award-winning teacher. As a second grade teacher, she was recognized as Elda Teacher of the Year in 1984-85. She was a recipient of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Scholar Award in 1986, of the Southwestern Ohio Special Education certificate of recognition in 1987, the Golden Apple Achievement Award presented by Ashland Oil Co. in 1990, the Science Award in 1990-91, and the Service Award To Students from the Ross school district in 1995.

Kenneth E. Swanson ’50/56, retired music educator who held a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education and a master’s degree in instrumental music from the University of Wichita and whose career included teaching music at Springfield, Mo., public schools; musician who played tuba in the All-American Bandmaster’s Band, which comprised musicians from both Canada and the United States, and was principal in the string bass section of the Springfield Civic Symphony; U.S. Marine Corps veteran who was a member of the Department of Pacific Band, which was based in San Francisco, Calif., June 6, 2017, Springfield.

Ron A. Talty ’74/81, Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force as a Chinese voice intercept operator stationed on Monkey Mountain and retired Boeing finance analyst who started with the aircraft company in 1974 and retired in 2006, June 29, 2017, Wichita.

Norris A. Thomson ’60, retired educator who taught at public schools in Valley Center, Kan., and served as an education specialist and guidance teacher with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs at the Navajo Crownpoint Subagency in Gallup, N.M., May 30, 2017, Wichita.

Eula F. (Adkins) Ward ’59/01, economics graduate who in 1963 was the first person to be accepted in the American Dietetic Association’s three-year training program at St. Joseph Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Wichita and who later worked at Wichita State, and artist who earned a bachelor’s degree in studio arts, painting in 2001, Aug. 20, 2017, Wichita.

Verna M. (Whitney) Weltha ’73, retired vocal elementary music teacher at Wichita public schools, former clerk and typist at Boeing, Wichita, Sept. 8, 2017, Haysville, Kan.

Leo P. Whipple ’69/70, business administration graduate who worked in banks in Chicago and Denver before returning to his native state to farm in Stanton County, Kan., Aug. 2, 2017, Johnson, Kan.

Richard “Rick” A. Whipple ’75, graphic design graduate who worked in almost all areas of illustration, including advertising, editorial and book illustration, beginning with work as a staff member at commercial art studios based in Dallas, Texas, one of which was The Art Source, and, since 1983, as a freelance illustrator whose exhibitors of his work include the Dallas Society of Illustrators, the Dallas Society for Visual Communications and the Dallas Ad League, June 15, 2017, Dallas.

Bill J. Wiesner ’59, U.S. Army veteran and retired Coleman Co. executive whose positions with the company over the course of 31 years included serving in various sales posts in Houston, Texas, and in Kansas City, Mo., as national sales manager of the Outing Products Group, headquartered in Wichita, and as president and general manager of O’Brien International, a subsidiary of Coleman based in Redmond, Wash, July 1, 2017, Wichita. A life member of the WSUAA, Wiesner was a Shocker who liked to get involved. He served in leadership roles in numerous trade and civic organizations and was a go-to volunteer for his alma mater and its alumni association. He served on the association’s board of directors, for example, and was key in the establishment of three WSU alumni chapters: in Kansas City, Houston and Seattle. In 1987, he reported on the Seattle chapter’s recent activities: “We had a get-together in conjunction with Xavier McDaniel and the Sonics game.”

Paul A. Wirt ’61, veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the Kansas Air National Guard, and retired purchasing agent who worked for Boeing in Wichita, Kawneer Door in Niles, Mich., and Rival Manufacturing in Sedalia, Mo., July 22, 2017, Green Ridge, Mo.


For Love of Prairie

Donald A. “Doc” Distler, whose German last name – appropriately enough for a biologist – means thistle, was a member of Wichita State’s biological sciences faculty for more than 50 years.

A Conductor's Touch

Jay C. Decker ’56 – Wichita native, 1955 winner of the Naftzger Young Artist Award for his cello performance and music education graduate of the University of Wichita – was first tapped as conductor of the WSU Symphony Orchestra and concurrently associate conductor of the Wichita Symphony in 1971.

Vocalist of Note

In May 1981, when she walked across the commencement stage, LaVerne L. Baker ’56/56/81 claimed the distinction of becoming the first African American to earn a doctorate at Wichita State.

Vivacious Shocker

E. Jean (Cline) Curry '48/76 served as president of Wheaties and was named Homecoming Queen during her senior year.

Shocker Historian

George Milo Platt, WSU associate professor emeritus of public administration, received the 1997 WSU Recognition Award from the WSUAA.

Night of Stars Star

Monty Hall hn '71, star and producer of the TV show "Let's Make a Deal," emceed the 1970 Night of Stars nationally televised benefit for those directly affected by the Wichita State football plane crash.

Sports Hall of Famer

Don W. Lock '70 was a two-sport standout athlete at the University of Wichita from 1954 to 1958.

Motion Graphics Pro

Navarro Linzey d’Artagnan Parker ’97 was an Emmy-winning motion graphics animator who posted more than a decade of experience in post production and motion graphics in Los Angeles, San Diego and Wichita.

In Memoriam

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