Ichabod Notables

Notable Families


Henry A. Bubb (1907-89) was an internationally known businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and community benefactor who served more than 60 years with the Capitol Federal Savings and Loan Association. During his 1941-89 tenure as chairman, president and chief executive officer, the company’s assets grew from $4 million to nearly $3 billion. A 1927 graduate of the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Bubb’s lifelong support of higher education included 16 years of service on the Kansas Board of Regents. Washburn conferred an honorary doctor of business on him in 1962. The Bubb Light Circle, located on the Washburn campus, was dedicated in his honor in 1980.

John C. “Jack” Dicus (1933- ) is a community leader and philanthropist with a long career of service to Capitol Federal Savings as chairman, president and chief executive officer and as chairman of Capitol Federal Foundation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1955 from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, married Elizabeth “Betty” Bubb (1933-2011) in 1956 and joined his father-in-law at the association in 1959. He also served as director at Westar Energy and Columbian National Title Co., as trustee of the Menninger Foundation and as president of the Kansas University National Alumni Association. His many honors include 2001 Kansan of Distinction, 2003 Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen and 2006 Topeka Business Hall of Fame honoree. Washburn conferred an honorary doctor of humane letters on him in 2000.

Jack and Betty’s son, John B. (1961- ) continues his family’s tradition of community service, philanthropy and support for higher education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1983 and a master’s degree in 1984 from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. John joined Capitol Federal Savings in 1983. He was elected president of the company in 1996. In 2009, he assumed the roles of chairman and chief executive officer. He has served since 2002 as a Washburn University Foundation trustee.

Today, Capitol Federal has 48 branches in Kansas and Missouri, including seven in Topeka, and more than $9 billion in assets. The family and company have a long history of support for Washburn including scholarship funds, KTWU Channel 11, Washburn Women’s Alliance, Mabee Library, the Oscar S. Stauffer Executive in Residence program, athletics and the Living Learning Center.

Henry A. Bubb John C. Dicus
Henry A. Bubb John C. Dicus (Wichers Photography)
Betty Dicus John B. Dicus
Betty Dicus (Wichers Photography) John B. Dicus


George W. FinnupGeorge W. Finnup (1866-1937) carried on his father’s business, a store that sold hardware, clothing, furniture and lumber, and became a prominent entrepreneur in Garden City, Kan. He was an officer and stockholder in several banks and many western Kansas enterprises. He bought and sold more than 1,000 quarter sections of land in Finney and surrounding counties, approximately 500 lots in Garden City and more than 10,000 acres in Colorado. He was also a philanthropist, supporting community projects such as libraries, parks, churches, an annual Thanksgiving dinner and spelling contests. Finnup attended one term at Washburn in the fall of 1883. In 1902, he married Alta May Smith, and they had two children, Frederick and Isabel.

In 1977, Frederick (1903-1988), ba 1925, and Isabel (1907-1978) established the Finnup Foundation Trust. Washburn is one of three principal beneficiaries of the Trust, which provides scholarships for high school graduates from southwest Kansas to attend Washburn.

Frederick FinnupIsabel Finnup


Ray Hugh GarveyRay Hugh Garvey (1893-1959), ba 1914, jd 1915, and Olive White Garvey (1893-1993), ba 1914, established a family known throughout the Midwest for business acumen and philanthropy. Ray raised a million-dollar wheat crop, built the first grain elevator in Topeka and the first shopping center in Kansas and established the Garvey Foundation for philanthropic purposes. After his death, Olive took over the family business and charitable foundation. She was a primary benefactor of Washburn’s Garvey Fine Arts Center and KTWU, and her donations helped rebuild the Washburn campus after the 1966 tornado. Washburn conferred an honorary doctor of law on Ray in 1958 and an honorary doctor of humane letters on Olive in 1963.

Olive White GarveyOlive also received the Washburn Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1990. White Concert Hall is named in honor of Olive’s brother, Elliot White, ba 1924, who received the Washburn Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1968. He earned a master’s degree in business from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., and eventually bought Topeka Transfer and Storage from his father, running the business for 44 years.

Ray and Olive had four children: Willard, James, Olivia Garvey Lincoln and Ruth Garvey Cochener Fink.

Ruth Garvey FinkRuth (1917-2007) supported nearly every major campus project, including the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center and the Washburn College Bible. She also followed her parents in business endeavors, serving as president and director of CGF Grain Co., Mid-West Industries Corp. and CGF Industries Inc. Washburn honored her with the Reconstruction Campaign Award in 1968, the Founders Day Award in 1969, the Lilla Day Monroe Award in 1991 and the President’s Award in 1995. The University conferred an honorary doctor of humanities on her in 1981.

Nancy and Bruce CochenerBruce Garvey Cochener (1944-2012), Ruth’s son, founded Computer Inc. (now KeyCentrix) in 1970 and co-founded InnVentures Inc. in 1982. In 1997, he joined CGF Industries Inc. and served as president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board. He was a philanthropist and a trustee for the Washburn University Foundation. He is pictured at left with his wife, Nancy.

The list of Garvey-related scholarships at Washburn is long and includes the Garvey Competitive Scholarship, Washburn’s most distinguished competitive scholarship, established in 1960.


William Asbury HarshbargerWilliam Asbury Harshbarger, bs 1893, and Lucy Platt Harshbarger had lengthy ties to the Washburn community. William taught 51 years, the longest serving professor at Washburn to date. He came to Washburn in 1890 as both a teacher in the preparatory school and a student in the College. He joined the College faculty in 1893 and taught zoology and botany until 1895, when he became head of the mathematics department. A football enthusiast injured while playing on the Washburn team, he wrote the first football rules used in the old Kansas Conference. In 1898, he served with Washburn students during the Spanish-American War. He took part in the first natural history survey of Kansas and contributed approximately 6 percent of the plant specimens in Washburn’s herbarium. Washburn conferred an honorary doctor of science on him in 1919.

Lucy Platt HarshbargerLucy was an accomplished pianist and taught private lessons throughout her life. She composed the music for the Washburn alma mater while studying music at Washburn and taught harmony at the College for one year.


Duffie Albert HindmanDuffie Albert Hindman (1900-1987), jd 1924, willed Washburn University his entire estate of stocks, bonds, real estate and oil properties, which at that time was the largest gift given to Washburn. The Duffie and Pauline Hindman Scholarship Fund, created in 1989 in memory of Hindman and his wife, Pauline (Fleckinger) Hindman, who died in 1976, has enabled more than 85 high school students from Rooks County (Kan.) to attend Washburn University, and a portion of the fund supports the Washburn University School of Law.

Pauline HindmanHindman retired in 1983 after almost 60 years of practicing law in the Rooks County towns of Plainville and Stockton. He served as Rooks County attorney 1926-36 and ran unsuccessfully for the state legislature in the 1930s. In 1985, he was made an honorary lifetime member of the Washburn baseball team, on which he played as a student. He was awarded the Washburn University School of Law Distinguished Service Award in 1970.


Dr. Charles S. Joss Sr. (1914-1996), bs 1935, was a Topeka physician and surgeon for nearly 40 years. In 1940, he earned a degree from Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Ill. He served 1942-45 as an Army medical officer and earned a master’s degree in surgery from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1947. He served on the Stormont-Vail Foundation and Topeka Community Foundation boards and was a member and chairman of the Washburn Board of Regents 1970-79 and a Washburn University Foundation trustee. Washburn conferred on him an honorary doctor of science in 1980.

Doris Firestone Joss (1910-95), ba 1934, retired as vice president of Guaranty State Bank. Her extensive community service included the Washburn College Bible Committee, Washburn University Foundation Board of Trustees, Washburn Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Mulvane Art Museum Women’s Board of Directors. Washburn honored her with an Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1979. The Joss Garden, located west of the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, is named in her honor. The Ruth Garvey Fink Award was presented posthumously to both Charles and Doris in 2009.

Three of her siblings attended Washburn: a brother, Sims Firestone (1919-88), and sisters Sarah Orr (1921- ) and Marian Heilman (1917-2005), ba 1939.

Charles and Doris are survived by two children, Charles S. Jr. (1947- ), ba 1969, jd 1975, and Judith (1949- ) b ed 1971. Judith earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Kansas State University in 1979 and is a former Washburn University Foundation trustee.

Doris and Charles Joss Sims Firesone
Doris (Firestone) and Charles Joss Sims Firestone


Evelyn Ford McIntosh and Daniel Elton McIntoshDaniel Elton McIntosh Sr. (1888-1964) and Evelyn Ford (1889-1974) married in 1914, a year after Elton graduated from Washburn, and began a family of what is currently four generations of Washburn graduates and three generations of Washburn University School of Law graduates. Elton had a long career as president and then chairman of Peoples National Bank in Clay Center, Kan. Evelyn attended Washburn 1910-13. All three of the couple’s children also attended Washburn: William Ford, Mary Evelyn and Daniel Elton Jr.

Mary Evelyn (1923-2008), ba 1945, married Orville Anderson (1922-98), who attended Washburn. Their daughter, Kathy Anderson Baxter, also attended Washburn.

Bessie Mae Wills McIntosh and D. Elton McIntosh, Jr.Daniel Elton Jr. (1919-2001) served 30 years as president of Peoples National Bank. He met his wife, Bessie Mae Wills McIntosh (1916-2008), ba 1938, jd 1940, while attending Washburn. He had a 50-year career in banking, retiring in 1988 as chairman of the board of Peoples National Bank. Bessie was one of four females in her law school class. She worked as an attorney for the FBI in Washington, D.C., as supervisor in charge of the legislative section, tracking and evaluating bills introduced in Congress and actions by the U.S. Supreme Court for possible FBI repercussions. Both served as trustees of the Washburn Endowment Association, now the Washburn University Foundation. They had three daughters: Mary, Sue and Ann.

Mary married Philip Shull, ba 1968, and they had a son, Andrew, jd 2002.

Sue married Jim Fawcett, ba 1973, and they had a son, Todd, bs 1999.

Ann McIntosh Adrian and Thomas AdrianAnn, b ed 1967, and Thomas Adrian, bba 1966, jd 1969, met while students at Washburn. Ann retired after 20 years as coordinator of gifted education in the Newton, Kan., school district. She is a past president of the Washburn Alumni Association and serves on the Washburn University Foundation board of directors. Thomas is a partner in the law firm of Adrian and Pankratz in Newton. Their daughter, Lisa, jd 1994, is married to Boyd McPherson, jd 1992.


Charles Frederick and Florence Vesta Kinsley MenningerCharles Frederick Menninger (1862-1952) and Florence Vesta Kinsley Menninger (1863-1945) were the parents of Karl, William and Edwin. With their father, Karl and William founded the internationally famous Menninger Clinic and Menninger Foundation in Topeka.

Karl Augustus Menninger

Karl (1893-1990) attended Washburn for two years and graduated from Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., in 1917. He returned to Topeka and began practicing medicine with his father. He was instrumental in establishing the Winter VA Hospital in Topeka, now the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center, and the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry. He received many major awards, including the Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor, from President Jimmy Carter.

William MenningerWilliam (1899-1966), ba 1919, graduated from Cornell University College of Medicine, New York, N.Y., in 1924 and then studied psychiatry at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. In 1927, he returned to Topeka and joined his father and brother, Karl, in their medical practice. He was featured on the cover of the Oct. 25, 1948, TIME magazine. William had three sons who continued the family legacy: Roy, Philip and Walt. Roy and Walt became staff psychiatrists, while Philip, bba 1956, served as an administrator. Roy also attended Washburn.

Edwin MenningerEdwin (1896-1995), ba 1916, studied journalism at Washburn and also graduated from the Columbia University Pulitzer School of Journalism, New York, N.Y. In 1922, he bought a newspaper in Florida and devoted his energies to horticulture, particularly flowering trees. He served on the board of the Menninger Foundation.

Many family members have attended or graduated from Washburn, including Ann Menninger Johnson, ba 1980; Ann Maureen Menninger Cain, bs 1985; Beverly Miller Menninger, ba 1974; Frederick P. Menninger, bs 1994; Karl A. Menninger II, jd 1975; Rosemary Jeanetta Menninger, ba 1984 and bfa 1985; and Mary Lynn Menninger-Corder, bsn 1979. Mary Lynn is an assistant professor in the Washburn University School of Nursing.

Philip MenningerThrough the years, Washburn was supported by and benefitted from the contributions of members of the Menninger family. Charles taught physiologic and pathologic chemistry and dietetics at the Kansas Medical College, then a part of Washburn College. Karl taught at Washburn and developed some of the first courses in the nation in abnormal psychology, criminology and mental hygiene. Roy and Walt served many years as adjunct faculty members.

Washburn presented both Karl and William with Alumni Distinguished Service Awards in 1954 and conferred both with an honorary doctor of science in 1949. Edwin received a Washburn Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1956 and was conferred with an honorary doctor of science in 1981. Washburn conferred an honorary doctor of science on Walt in 1982. Karl received the Washburn University School of Law Alumni Honorary Life Membership Award in 1964.

* Pictures of Charles and Florence (top left), Philip (just above, left), Roy (bellow right) and Walt (bellow left) provided by the Kansas Historical Society.

Walt Menninger

 Roy Menninger


Lila Day MonroeLilla Day Monroe (1859-1929) studied law in her husband’s WaKeeney office and was among the first women admitted to practice law in the Kansas District Court (1894) and the Kansas Supreme Court (1895).  

The Monroe family moved to Topeka in 1902. As president of the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association, Monroe led the 1912 campaign that granted women the right to vote in Kansas. Her home across from the State Capitol served as the gathering place for women’s forces, and she spent 27 years lobbying the Kansas legislature for welfare measures, child labor laws, fair employment and hygiene legislation. She also founded three clubs and two magazines to inform women about legal, legislative and community issues. She supported the Topeka lawyers’ campaign to establish a law school at Washburn where her husband, Judge Lee Monroe, became a lecturer on legal issues regarding irrigation and public lands. 

Lenore Monroe StrattonIn the 1920s, she launched dual projects to recognize the contributions women had made to the settlement of Kansas. Monroe solicited 800 reminiscences from women who had been early pioneers, and she campaigned to have the statue of a pioneer mother erected on the Statehouse grounds. After her death in 1929, her daughter, Lenore Monroe Stratton, catalogued and annotated the memoirs. Years later, Monroe’s great-granddaughter wrote a history of the Kansas frontier based on excerpts from several hundred stories. Joanna L. Stratton’s book, Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier, was published in 1981. The entire Lilla Day Monroe Collection of Pioneer Stories is housed at the Kansas State Historical Society.

The Monroes’ four children all graduated from Washburn: Cyrus, jd 1912; Lenore, ba 1906; Day, bs 1908; and Cynthia, ba 1920. In 1958, she received the Washburn Alumni Distinguished Service Award, and in 1974, the Washburn Alumni Association established the Lilla Day Monroe Award in her honor.

Day MonroeDay (1888-1982) served as chief of the Family Economics Division and assistant chief of the Bureau of Human Nutrition and Home Economics in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and at Columbia University, New York, N.Y. She received her doctorate from the University of Chicago and taught at Columbia University, New York, N.Y.; Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; and the University of Washington. She served with the American Red Cross in France during World War II. In 1964, Washburn conferred on her an honorary doctor of science.

* The photo of Lila Day Monroe, top, has been provided by the Kansas Historical Society. Lenore Monroe Stratton is featured on the right and Day Monroe is pictured at left.


Joab MulvaneJoab Mulvane (1837-1929) was one of the most successful Kansans of his time. In 1922, he donated $50,000 to Washburn to build the Mulvane Art Museum, which opened in 1924. Arriving in Topeka in 1868, he became active in railroad construction in the pioneer days of the Santa Fe railroad, working to secure right of way and bond issues to complete major lines in Kansas. He founded numerous businesses, including the Kansas Salt Co. and American Cement Plaster. Mulvane was president of the Chicago, Kansas and Western Railroad and a director of the Bank of Topeka.

John H. MulvaneWith his brother, John H. Mulvane, he established Topeka’s early utility projects. John was also a successful businessman. He owned cattle and land, was president of the Bank of Topeka and served on the Washburn College board of trustees. The Mulvane family’s involvement in the museum continues today with Carol Jory, the great-granddaughter of Joab, who is an honorary member of the Friends of the Mulvane board of directors.

Margaret Mulvane Morgan (1868-1942), Joab’s daughter, attended Washburn and graduated from Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). She was the wife of Harrison S. Morgan (1867-1953), a Topeka financier and director of the National Bank of Topeka. He donated $240,000 to Washburn to construct Margaret Mulvane Morgan Hall in her memory. His will included an additional $200,000 toward the building, which opened in 1955. He also left a $100,000 bequest for Washburn’s art program and the Mulvane Art Museum.

Margaret Mulvane MorganHarrison Morgan


W.A. Neiswanger (1860-1942) and Margaret Mohler Neiswanger (1859-1928) were the parents of five children who all graduated from Washburn. W.A. founded Neiswanger Co. in 1903, a real estate and insurance business, and was a developer of the College Hill area and a friend of the University.

The oldest son, Donald Mohler (1889-1971), ba 1910, moved to New Haven, Conn., and worked for the New Haven and New York Railroad. His sister, Laura (1896-1974), ba 1919, worked as a public health nurse for the Kansas State Board of Health and was a longtime employee of the University of Kansas Libraries, Lawrence, retiring in 1964. Her sister, Mary Neiswanger Ihinger (1905-95), ba 1926, was chief social work supervisor in the Shawnee County Welfare Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services 1933-74.

William Addison (1900-78), ba 1922, was a professor at DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.; University of Wisconsin, Madison; and Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. He served 1936-67 as a professor of economics at the University of Illinois and Urbana. Washburn conferred on him an honorary doctor of law in 1951, and he received an Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1963.

David (1892-1963), ba 1914, became president of his father’s company in 1926. He was a prominent Topeka business leader and served as director of numerous boards, including the National Association of Real Estate Boards, the Kansas City Fire & Marine Insurance Co. of Kansas City, Mo., and the Capitol Federal Savings and Loan Association. He was president of the Menninger Foundation, served more than 36 years on the Washburn College Board of Trustees and was president of the Washburn Alumni Association Board of Directors. He received an Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Washburn in 1949.

David’s son, David Mills (1920-2003), ba 1942, succeeded his father as president of Neiswanger Co. in 1961 and retired in 1986. He served on many professional and community boards, including the Topeka Insurance Association and the Topeka, Kansas and national associations of realtors. He was a 40-year Menninger Foundation trustee, served as a Washburn University Foundation trustee 1963-78 and was president of the Washburn Alumni Association Board of Directors. Washburn conferred on him an honorary doctor of law in 1957.

Isabel Neiswanger Hughes (1925-2010), ba 1945, sister of David Mills, was a homemaker. She earned a certificate of library studies from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, and was a long-time volunteer at the Barrington (R.I.) Public Library.

In the next generation, William (1951- ), son of David Mills, earned a bachelor’s degree from Washburn in 1974, and William’s daughter, Sara (1983- ), earned a bachelor of business administration degree in 2006. William’s wife, Nancy, also attended Washburn.

Today, there continue to be Neiswanger family connections to Washburn serving as faculty members - Douglas Jones, grandson of David; his wife, Barb Quaney; and David Bainum, son-in-law of Isabel.

W.A. Neiswanger Margaret Mohler Neiswanger
W.A. Neiswanger Margaret Mohler Neiswanger
Donald Mohler Neiswanger Laura Neiswanger
Donald Mohler Neiswanger Laura Neiswanger
Mary Neiswanger William Addison Neiswanger
Mary Neiswanger Ihinger William Addison Neiswanger
David Neiswanger David Mills Neiswanger
David Neiswanger David Mills Neiswanger
Isabel Neiswanger Hughes William and Sara Neiswanger
Isabel Neiswanger Hughes William and Sara Neiswanger


The Honorable Sherman A. Parks Sr. (1924-96), bba 1949, jd 1955, was the highest ranking African-American judicial officer and the first African-American appellate judge in Kansas, serving 1977-87 on the Kansas Court of Appeals. He also served as assistant attorney general, deputy assistant and chief legal counsel for the secretary of state’s office. Parks was a member and chairman of the Washburn Board of Regents 1968-76 and a Washburn University Foundation trustee 1984-93. He served 10 years on the Washburn University School of Law Board of Governors and was an adjunct professor at Washburn Law. He received an Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Washburn in 1987 and a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award from Washburn Law in 2007. In 1990, Washburn conferred on him an honorary doctor of law.

Sheridan Parks (1924-2013), bba 1949, twin brother to Sherman A. Parks Sr., was business manager at the University of Maryland. He retired as acting regional director of Housing and Urban Development in Philadelphia, Pa., encompassing a seven-state region.

Sherman A. Parks Jr. (1950-2002), ba 1972, jd 1975, was a Topeka lawyer with a career in public service as deputy assistant secretary of state, a member of the Kansas revisor of statutes office and a member of the Kansas Parole Board. He also served as the director of the 2000 census for the Kansas region, and as the executive director and a lobbyist for the Kansas Chiropractic Association. He served 1988-95 on the Topeka Unified School District 501 Board of Education and was president 1992-93. He reintroduced interscholastic baseball and softball in Topeka schools after it had disappeared for 40 years. He was a major force behind Hummer Sports Park in Topeka, and USD 501 named one baseball field in his honor posthumously.

Blanche Williams Parks (1949- ), b ed 1971, m ed 1976, wife of the late Sherman A. Parks Jr., is a member and past chairwoman of the Washburn Board of Regents, representing the 19th senatorial district. She also serves as a Washburn University Foundation trustee.  She retired from the State of Kansas after a long career of public service. At the State Treasurer’s office, she implemented and directed the Kansas Learning Quest 529 College Savings Program, which was ranked in the top five college savings programs in the nation by CNN/Money magazine. She served as president of Downtown Topeka Rotary. She was the first Kansan on the YWCA USA national board of directors. Her son, Michael A. Parks (1976- ), aa 2013, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

James (1914-97), ba 1949, brother of the late Sherman A. Parks Sr., was one of the coaches of Topeka High School’s segregated African-American basketball team, the Ramblers. He retired from the wholesale drug business.

Julia Etta, PhD (1923-2012), b ed 1959, m ed 1964, wife of James, served 27 years, 1964-92, as a professor of education at Washburn and also was chairwoman of the education/health, physical education and dance department. She earned a doctorate in education from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, in 1980. At Washburn, she received the 1983 Teaching Excellence Award, was inducted into the Nonoso women’s honorary sorority and was honored with an Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1994. The Julia Parks Honor Award in the education department is named in her memory.

James H. (1943-99), bm 1966, son of James and Julia, was a nationally recognized singer, conductor, teacher and lecturer who also had an international reputation as an opera performer. He founded the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Co. and taught at Black Hawk College, Moline, Ill.; Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill.; and Vandercook College of Music, Chicago, Ill. He also sang with the St. Paul, Minn., opera and was made a knight of the Brotherhood of St. Christopher in Austria in recognition of his performances in Europe. Washburn honored him as an Alumni Fellow in 1993.

Hon. Sherman A. Parks, Sr. Sheridan Parks
Hon. Sherman A. Parks, Sr. Sheridan Parks
Sherman A. Parks, Jr. Blanche Williams Parks
Sherman A. Parks, Jr. Blanch Williams Parks
James Parks Julia Etta Parks
James Parks Julia Etta Parks
Michael Parks .James H. Parks
Michael A. Parks James H. Parks


Louis and Ruthann PozezLouis Pozez (1921-2008) was a longtime Topeka businessman and philanthropist. He retired in 1983 as chief executive officer of Payless ShoeSource, formerly Volume Shoe Corp., which he cofounded in 1956. The company grew to be the largest family footwear retailer in North America. He served on many community and professional boards, including Fidelity Bank of Topeka and the Menninger Foundation. He was a founding member of the Pizza Hut board of directors and was named to the 2008 Topeka Business Hall of Fame. In 1981, Washburn conferred on him an honorary doctor of business administration.

Norman and Melinda Bieber PozezNorman Pozez (1954- ), jd 1980, is the son of Louis and Ruthann Pozez (1923- ). Working in real estate development for more than 20 years, he is the chairman of Uniwest Group, LLC, Uniwest Construction Inc. and Uniwest Commercial Realty Inc. He previously was a regional director of real estate and construction for Payless ShoeSource. Pozez serves as a member of the Washburn Law Business and Transactional Law Center board of advisers and has established the Norman Pozez Chair in that center. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Shaol and Evelyn PozezShaol Pozez (1925-99), a cousin of Louis, is a cofounder of Payless ShoeSource, formerly Volume Shoe Corp., where he served as president 1956-81 and chairman of the board of directors 1981-83. He was also chairman of the Footwear Retailers Association of America. He and his wife, Evelyn (1926-2010), were benefactors of their communities and Washburn throughout their lives.

The Pozez family legacy of generosity and service spans Topeka and the Washburn campus. At Washburn, they established and supported numerous scholarship funds and contributed to the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center and the School of Nursing Learning Laboratory. Pozez Hall in the Living Learning Center is named in their honor. In Topeka, their philanthropy established the Pozez Education Center at Stormont-Vail HealthCare.


Florence Kane Richey and Ronald RicheyRonald Richey (1926-2010), ba 1949, jd 1951, was a leader in the life and health insurance industry as chairman and chief executive officer of the Globe Life and Accident Insurance Co. In 1982, he was named president of Torchmark Corp., retiring in 1998 as chief executive officer and in 2002 as chairman of the board of directors. The Topeka Capital-Journal named him a 1987 Kansan of Distinction in business. In 1990, he was named Finance Industry CEO of the Year by Financial World magazine. He served as trustee of the Washburn University Foundation and as a member of the Washburn University School of Law board of governors. He received an Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Washburn in 1983 and a Distinguished Service Award from Washburn University School of Law in 1992. In 1989, Washburn conferred an honorary doctor of commerce on him.

Richey and his wife, Florence Kane Richey, ba 1949, were benefactors of Washburn, supporting many major building projects and scholarship programs, including the School of Law Foundation and the law library addition. They established the Richey Scholar Program at Washburn and made a significant gift to restore and renovate the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house. The Richeys had three children: Robert, Christopher and Linda Richey Graves, jd 1978.


Col. John Ritchie - Kansas Historical SocietyCol. John Ritchie (1817-1887) gave the land for Washburn’s first location in Topeka, at 10th Street and Jackson Avenue, and mortgaged his home to raise money to buy the quarter section he gave for Washburn’s present location. A member of the First Congregational Church and a community leader, he was an abolitionist and aided fugitive slaves in the Underground Railroad. During the Civil War, Ritchie served in the Union Army, as colonel of the Fifth Kansas Cavalry Regiment and as colonel of the Second Indian Home Guards Regiment. He was brevetted a brigadier general in 1865.

He and his wife, Mary Jane Shelledy Ritchie (1821-1880), had two surviving sons: Hale (1851-1920) and John (1856-1926). Hale, who attended the Washburn Preparatory School, was a lime merchant and a City Council member. John was a brickpaving contractor.

Several descendants of John and Mary attended Washburn College or Academy but did not graduate: Oliver Ritchie, 1901-02; Hale Thompson Ritchie, grandson, 1906; Mary Margaret Wright Ritchie, granddaughter, 1907; Betty Jean Wright Leach, great-granddaughter, 1940-43; Richard Wright, great-grandson, 1936-40; Otis Keitel, grandson, 1936-37; and John Keitel, grandson, 1937-38.

Margaret Wright MaxwellTwo graduated from Washburn: Frank, son of Hale, bs 1903, and Margaret Wright Maxwell, great-granddaughter of John and Mary, ba 1935. Margaret (1913-2007) was a college professor for 40 years, teaching at New York University before joining the faculty at Finch College, New York City, N.Y., where she taught European history and government and established a women’s studies program. She was a respected editor and author of French and Russian history and a translator of Russian history and poetry. Washburn conferred an honorary doctor of literature on her in 2005. Her husband, Bertram Maxwell, taught history and political science at Washburn 1923-42.

*The photo of Col. John Ritchie, top, was provided by Kansas Hisotrical Society.

Scott and Bledsoe

Elisha Scott Sr, - Kansas Historical SocietyElisha Scott Sr. (1890-1963), jd 1916, was the only African-American in his graduating class and the third African-American to graduate from the Washburn University School of Law. During his more than 40-year career, he argued civil rights and school desegregation cases throughout Kansas and the Midwest. His three sons all graduated from Washburn and pursued legal careers: Elisha Jr., ba 1940 and jd 1942; John Jefferson, ba 1942 and jd 1947; and Charles Sheldon Sr., ba 1943 and jd 1948.

John ScottJohn (1919-1984) and Charles (1921-1989) helped file the Brown v. Board of Education case in the U.S. District Court of Kansas and represented the Kansas case before the U.S. Supreme Court when it was consolidated with several others. John later moved to Washington, D.C., where he retired after 30 years as assistant solicitor for the Department of the Interior.

Charles Scott, Sr.Charles Sr. was a respected civil rights leader with a long legal career in Topeka. In 1965, he was a volunteer representative for civil rights workers in Mississippi, and his law firm represented the Congress of Racial Equality in the 1960s. He served 1972-75 as general counsel for the Kansas Commission on Civil Rights and as hearing examiner until his death. Both John and Charles received the Washburn University School of Law Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. John was married to Berdyne Davis Anderson, ba 1950.

Charles BledsoeCharles Edward Bledsoe, who also helped file the Brown v. Board of Education case, attended Washburn Law 1931-37. He passed the bar exam in 1937 and practiced with Elisha and his sons in the law firm of Scott, Scott and Scott. Bledsoe was active in the NAACP and chairman of the legal committee of the association’s Topeka branch.

* The photo of Elisha Scott Sr, left, provided by the Kansas Historical Society.



Oscar S. Stauffer (1886-1982) was a Topeka newspaper publisher for 40 years. He founded Stauffer Communications and was a key backer of Alf Landon’s 1936 bid for the presidency. In 1912, he enrolled at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, at the insistence of the legendary journalist William Allen White. He purchased a small-town newspaper in 1915 and began his publishing career. In 1940, he purchased the Topeka State Journal, and in the 1950s he bought Capper Publications. He was a chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents and served 1940-82 as a trustee of Washburn University. Washburn conferred on him an honorary doctor of literature in 1961. The Oscar S. Stauffer Executive in Residence lecture program is named in his honor. This program brings prominent business and political leaders to the campus.

Stanley H. Stauffer (1920-2006) served 1969-86 as president and 1986-92 as chairman of Stauffer Communications. A Kansas journalist for 60 years, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, in 1942 and worked for newspapers in Topeka; Santa Maria, Calif.; and Denver, Colo., where he worked as an Associated Press staff member for the bureau. He served as a director of Yellow Freight System and Bank IV-Topeka and was a trustee of the William Allen White Foundation, Capper Foundation and the Kansas Business Hall of Fame. He served 1982-2006 as a Washburn University Foundation trustee. Washburn conferred on him an honorary doctor of humane letters
in 2001.

John H. Stauffer Sr. (1928- ) is a former publisher of the Topeka Capital-Journal. He served as board chairman and as a director of Stauffer Communications. Before its sale in 1995, the company owned 20 daily newspapers, seven television stations, four radio stations and two biweekly magazines. Stauffer earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, in 1949. He is active in community affairs and has been a member of many boards, including Stormont-Vail HealthCare and the William Allen White Foundation. He joined the Washburn University Foundation as a trustee in 2007 and served as a director 2008-12. His son, John Jr. (1954- ), bba 1976, is chief executive officer of Title Midwest Inc. and serves as a Washburn University Foundation trustee. John Jr.’s wife, Kathy Bolin Stauffer (1953- ), earned a bachelor’s in communication from Washburn in 1976. They made a contribution to fund a computer lab in Washburn’s Department of Mass Media.

Examples of the Stauffer family legacy at Washburn include the first endowed scholarship for single mothers, which was established by John and Ruth Granger Stauffer (1926-2013) in 1995 through the Washburn Women’s Alliance. Stan’s generous gift to the Living Learning Center is remembered in the Stauffer Commons dining area. In 2014, John H. Stauffer and Barbara Fischer Stauffer, bba 1985, contributed to Washburn University’s Welcome Center.

Oscar S. Stauffer Stanley and Madeline Stauffer
Oscar S. Stauffer Stanley & Madeline Stauffer
John H. and Ruth Stauffer John Jr. and Kathy Stauffer
Ruth & John H. Stauffer John Jr. & Kathy Stauffer


Lillian StorrsRev. Sylvester Dana Storrs (1820-1896) and his wife, Fannie, came to Kansas from Massachusetts in 1857. Rev. Storrs, a graduate of Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., and Andover (Mass.) Theological Seminary, founded numerous Congregational churches in northeast Kansas. He was on the original Lincoln College board of trustees 1865-67 and Washburn College board of trustees 1878-93. They had four children: Lillian, Herbert, Frances and Willis.

Frances GawLillian “Lily” (1860-1926) attended the preparatory school and the college 1878-1881 and then taught French and German at Washburn 1885-1889. Lily also founded the Topeka Music Study Club and held several positions at Central Congregational Church. She married Ralph Gaw (1863-1927), who attended Washburn Preparatory School and College 1880-84 and was later a student in the law school. Ralph was admitted to the bar in 1897, established Hazen & Gaw legal firm in 1904 and later served as Shawnee County attorney. Their daughter Frances Gaw, ba 1919, was a city planner in Kansas City, Mo.

Herbert was an 1886 graduate of the preparatory school.

Frances Storrs JohnstonFrances (1868-1953), author of the first verse and chorus of Washburn’s alma mater, graduated from the Washburn Preparatory School in 1885, from Washburn College in 1892 and from Kansas Medical College, a part of Washburn College, in 1893. She and a classmate were the first two females to graduate from the medical school. Frances established a private practice in Topeka and taught surgery and gynecology at Kansas Medical College. She married James Johnston and moved to Scotland, where she was secretary of the Edinburgh Hospital for Women and Children and organized the Maternity and Infant Welfare Service.

Willis (1870-1925) attended Washburn preparatory school and college 1887-1893 and earned a medical degree from Kansas Medical College in 1895. He established a private practice in Topeka and was a surgeon at St. Francis Hospital.


Timothy Bailey SweetTimothy Bailey Sweet (1841-1918) and Annie Brown Sweet (1845-1910) were civic leaders. Timothy established several companies and served on boards, including as a Washburn College trustee. Annie served in the Topeka branch of the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society and Young Women’s Christian Association. They had four children: Susie, Paul, Mary and Annie.

Susie (1874-1954) finished high school at Washburn Academy in 1892 and attended Washburn College for three years before graduating from Goucher College, Baltimore, Md. She made a scholarship bequest to the Sweet Foundation.

Paul Sweet - Kansas Historical SocietyPaul (1881-1951), ba 1902, managed the Crawford Building and the Jayhawk Hotel and was director of the First National Bank of Topeka. He served as a Washburn College trustee and was on the first board of regents in 1941.

His sisters created the Sweet Foundation for scholarships in his memory. Mary (1878-1964) attended Washburn for two years and graduated from the University of Kansas. She traveled extensively and taught school in Italy and Seattle, Wash. She established the Sweet Summer Sabbatical Foundation in 1955 to fund faculty travel and research.Mary Sweet

Annie (1882-1969), ba 1905, founded Beta sorority, which became an Alpha Phi chapter in 1916. She taught in Topeka public schools, worked with the YWCA in France during World War I and served on the Washburn College board of trustees. Washburn honored her with an Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1955 and conferred an honorary doctor of law on her in 1957.

* Pictures of Paul Sweet, above right, and Mary Sweet, left, provided by Kansas Historical Society.

Annie Sweet


The Honorable Meyer Masoto Ueoka, jd 1949, has received many honors for a lifetime of public service in Hawaii and the island of Maui, where he is a solo practitioner. His service includes deputy county attorney, district magistrate, constitutional convention delegate, representative in the Hawaii State Legislature 1976-78 and member of the Maui School Advisory Council and the Board of Education. An Eagle Scout, he has frequently been honored by the Boy Scouts of America. He has served on the Washburn University School of Law Board of Governors and as a Washburn University Foundation trustee. Ueoka encouraged many family members to attend Washburn, including his children and nephews. For nearly 60 years, he has provided native Hawaiian flowers for Washburn’s Homecoming and Commencement events. His honors at Washburn include an Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1966, a Washburn Law Distinguished Service Award in 1976 and an honorary doctor of law in 1983.

Two of Meyer’s three children attended Washburn, Ladd M., (1951- ) bba 1973; and Janice T. Kemp (1958- ), ba 1980, jd 1983, who serves as director of corporate compliance for Hawaiian Electric Co. He also has five nephews who attended Washburn: Arthur (1935-83), ba 1959, jd 1962; Meyer L. (1941-  ), bs 1967, a retired wildlife biologist for the State of Hawaii, Wailuku; Lloyd K. Sodetani (1945- ), ba 1968, a real estate developer, Wailuku, Hawaii; Paul (1949- ), jd 1974, a partner in the law firm of Carlsmith Ball, Wailuku, Hawaii; and Robert (1970- ), jd 1996, solo practitioner, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Meyer M. Ueoka .Ladd Ueoka
Meyer M. Ueoka Ladd Ueoka
Janice Ueoka Kemp Arthur Ueoka
Janice Ueoka Kemp Arthur Ueoka
Meyer L. Ueoka .Lloyd Sodetani
Meyer L. Ueoka Lloyd Sodetani
Paul M. Ueoka Robert Ueoka
Paul M. Ueoka Robert Ueoka


Richard G. VogelRichard G. Vogel (1909-1998) served 1939-74 as Washburn’s vice president for financial affairs and treasurer, helping maintain its solvency as Washburn transitioned to a municipal university in the early 1940s and then recovered from the 1966 tornado. He served until 1988 as treasurer and secretary of the Washburn College board of trustees. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Kansas. Washburn honored him with the First Centennial Citation Award in 1965 and the Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1992.  Washburn conferred an honorary doctor of business administration on him in 1976. His son, Richard “Jim,” ba 1967, bba 1977, is retired and self employed and married to Carol Lyon Vogel, ba 1967. His daughter, Virginia Vogel Wallace, is a longtime adjunct faculty member in the department of music.

Fred LyonFred F. Lyon (1906-1947), ba 1929, and Alice Van Petten Lyon (1909-2007), ba 1929, married in 1929. Fred was a high school chemistry and physics teacher and football coach in Oklahoma before joining the Army Air Corps and serving as director of a flight training school in Texas. Alice Van Petten LyonIn 1945, he moved his family to Topeka and headed the truck division for Mosby Mack Motors. Alice opened her home to more than 100 students across a span of 60 years and held positions in Kappa Alpha Theta, Nonoso, Delta Kappa Gamma and First United Methodist Church. The Lyons’ three children all graduated from Washburn: Barbara Lyon Johnson, ba 1951; Phillip, ba 1958; and Carol.

Carol Lyon VogelCarol was director of the equal opportunity office, serving 1974-2013, and also taught German for 41 years. She received Washburn’s Herrick Faculty Award for Outstanding Service in 2008, the Lilla Day Monroe Award in 2002 and the Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 2013.Richard She is married to Richard "Jim" Vogel, pictured at right.

Fred and Alice had four granddaughters who attended Washburn: Lynne Johnson Tsuda, ba 1980, and Carol Johnson van Ahlers, ba 1981, daughters of Barbara Lyon; and Deborah Lyon Beattie, ba 1987, and Jennifer Lyon Stadler, ba 1990, daughters of Philip. Two great grandchildren, Kayla Stadler and Bryan Stadler, are currently enrolled at Washburn.


The Honorable George H. Whitcomb (1858-1933) earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1885 and a law degree from Boston University in 1887. Jessie Wright Whitcomb (1864-1930) was a classmate of his at BU, where she also received a law degree. They arrived in Topeka in 1887 and 1888, respectively, to practice law together as Whitcomb & Whitcomb. George served many years as a judge of the Shawnee County District Court. In 1903, both George and Jessie were instrumental in founding the Washburn University School of Law, and both served as faculty members. George taught law of sales classes for 30 years. Washburn conferred on him an honorary doctor of law in 1929. All of the couple’s six children attended Washburn.

Philip Wright (1891-1986), ba 1910, was a Rhodes Scholar and a journalist in Europe. He worked for the Associated Press during World War II and was interned twice by the Nazis. In 1981, at the age of 89, he earned a doctorate from the University of Kansas. Washburn honored him with an Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1960 and conferred on him an honorary doctor of literature in 1962.

Brigadier General Richard Seabury (1894-1982), ba 1915, had a long and distinguished military career, serving in World War I, World War II and Korea. During World War II, he commanded the eastern half of the landings at Omaha Beach.

Robert F.W. (1896-1980), ba 1915, was an international banker who collected historical objects during his travels. He donated his collections of rare Japanese prints, sword guards and portable writing sets to the Mulvane Art Museum and gifted the Mabee Library posthumously with 97 rare books and several Spanish documents and autographs of U.S. historical figures. Washburn honored him with an Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1976.

William Harvey (1898-1989), ba 1917, worked in Russia for the National City Bank of New York and for New York Life Insurance in Seattle, Wash.

George A. (1902-1979) attended Washburn 1920-21. He later attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, and moved to California, where he worked in public relations and raised Arabian horses.

George’s twin sister, Isabel Whitcomb McNeill (1902-2002), ba 1922, taught high school.

Several members of the next generation also attended Washburn. Isabel’s son, Rodney, bba 1967, serves as senior director of development, university advancement at Colorado School of Mines, Golden. Three of Philip’s children attended Washburn: John McClintock (1915-95), 1932-33; Valerie Valaas (1919-2012), ba 1938; and Phyllida States (1922-99), 1938-40.  Phyllida’s daughter, Sharon Hedrick Thompson, b ed 1966, is a retired teacher.

George H. Whitcomb Jessie Whitcomb
Hon. George H. Whitcomb Jessie Whitcomb
Philip Whitcomb Richard S. Whitcomb
Philip Whitcomb Brig. Gen. Richard S. Whitcomb
Robert F.W. Whitcomb William Whitcomb
Robert F.W. Whitcomb William Whitcomb
George A. Whitcomb Isabel Whitcomb McNeill
George A. Whitcomb Isabel Whitcomb McNeill
Rodney McNeill John McClintock Whitcomb
Rodney McNeill John McClintock Whitcomb
Valerie Valaas Phyllida States
Valerie Valaas Phyllida States
Sharon Hedrick Thompson .
Sharon Hedrick Thompson


Albe Burge WhittingAlbe Burge Whiting (1835-1928) was a businessman and philanthropist who served 51 years on the Washburn College board of trustees, now the Washburn University Foundation, and was a member of the executive committee. Whiting Field House was named in his honor in 1930. In 1907, Whiting and his wife, Kate Whitney Whiting (d. 1907), desiring to donate something of lasting benefit, purchased 160 acres of land, which established the Mt. Hope Cemetery as a 1,000 year endowment, with one-half of the profits to go to Washburn and the other half to the Topeka YWCA and YMCA. Whiting came to Kansas as a pioneer farmer, staking out a farm 15 miles north of Ft. Riley, at that time the farthest western outpost on the Kansas plains. Ten years later, he played an important role in founding the town of Milford. He moved with his family to Topeka in 1877.

Kate Whitney Whitting - Kansas Historical SocietyAlbe was survived by a son and three daughters: Harris, Mary Whiting King, Lillie Whiting Shirer and Katherine Whiting Hand, who served at Washburn 1891-92 as an instructor in drawing and painting. In addition to the Whiting children’s attendance at the Washburn Academy and the College, many of Albe’s grandchildren also attended Washburn, including Anna Popenoe, 1908; Lyman King, 1921; Hampton F. Shirer, 1916, who received an Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Washburn in 1971 for his artistic contributions, including the design and construction of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.; and Katherine Hand, 1917, who served in China as a Presbyterian missionary at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. She was interned by the Japanese in the mountains at Baguio, north of Manila, and then was transferred to Bilibid Prison. She was rescued in 1946 and later returned to China. Hampton’s wife, Pauline Haynes Shirer, attended Washburn and gave the University several of her paintings, one of which is of the Washburn president’s home on Shadow Lane. Their son, Hampton Whiting, bs 1945, married Viola Nelson, ba 1946.

* Photo of Kate Whitney Whiting provided by Kansas Historical Society


Luther Denny WhittemoreLuther Denny Whittemore (1858-1944) was a Kansas educator for 50 years. He served from 1884-98 at Washburn as professor of Latin. He was the assistant state superintendent of education 1911-19 and served as secretary of the Kansas State Board of Education 1915-19. In 1920, he returned to Washburn as registrar and professor of education until his retirement in 1937. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1880 and a master’s degree in 1885 from Amherst (Mass.) College. Washburn conferred an honorary doctor of literature on him in 1905. 

His wife, Frances Dean Davis (1857-1951), was an assistant professor of art at Washburn. In 1913, she became director of the fine art department, retiring in 1929. She organized the Topeka Art Guild and was instrumental in establishing the Mulvane Art Museum, serving as director 1924-29. They had three children: Laurens, ba 1914, Martha, ba 1917, and Margaret, ba 1919.

Frances Davis WittemoreLaurens graduated in 1915 with a master’s degree from the University of Kansas, where he taught physics 1915-17. He worked as a radio expert at the Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C., and became a radio engineer in 1928. He worked for AT&T in New York City until his retirement. He was on the board of directors and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He wrote several publications, including the Lefax Radio Handbook.

Margaret studied at the Art Institute of Chicago 1920-23 and at Taos (N.M.) Art Colony. She was a member of the Prairie Print Makers formed by Birger Sandzen and taught at Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kan., and the University of Kansas. She illustrated books for other authors and wrote and illustrated her own.  Sketchbook of Kansas Landmarks (1936), her first book, featured drawings and descriptions of historically significant landmarks like the Capitol, missions, old trails, homes, bridges and trees.