Ichabod Notables

Ichabod Notables N through Z

Jessie Junette Nye (1887-1947)

Jessie Junette NyeJessie Junette Nye, jd 1912, was the fifth female to enroll and the first woman to graduate from the Washburn University School of Law. She was elected secretary of the first-year class and also served as the Law School’s reporter, writing a weekly column for the student newspaper. During the 1911 spring term, she worked as law librarian, a position held by students at that time. During her last semester, she was elected county attorney for the practice court. In 1931, she established a private law practice in Newton, Kan.

John Henry Outland (1871-1947)

John Henry OutlandJohn Henry Outland was memorialized in 1946 when the Football Writers Association established the Outland Trophy, awarded annually to the best interior offensive or defensive lineman in the nation. An outstanding college football player at the University of Kansas and the University of Pennsylvania where he received a medical degree in 1900, he was named All-American Tackle in 1897 and All-American Halfback in 1898. Outland coached Washburn’s football team in 1903 and 1904 and was athletic director through 1908, all while serving as a professor of gynecology in the Kansas Medical College, a part of Washburn. In 1905, Outland refereed a game Washburn played against Fairmount College, now Wichita State University, to try new football rules, including the forward pass, which was first executed in that game. In 1908, he joined the University of Kansas medical school faculty and later served at Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City. He was inducted into the Washburn Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.

Harvey Dwight Rice (1821-1903)

Harvey Dwight Rice - Kansas Historical SocietyHarvey Dwight Rice was a founder of Washburn University. He was instrumental in convincing members of the General Association of Congregational Ministers and Churches in Kansas to locate a college in Topeka by making it possible for the Topeka delegation to offer 160 acres plus a building. This offer came after Rice returned from a trip east, where he secured a $2,000 loan enabling Col. John Ritchie to buy, and then donate, the 160 acres. Rice then donated $7,000 in labor and materials and constructed a two-story building for the college at 10th Street and Jackson Avenue. On the 160-acre campus, Rice supervised the construction of five buildings: Hartford Cottage, Whitin Hall, Holbrook Hall, MacVicar Chapel and Science Hall, which was renamed Rice Hall in his honor a year before he died. He served as a trustee for Lincoln College and later Washburn College boards from 1858 until his death.

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Jack Clay Richmond (1928- )

Jack Clay RichmondJack Clay Richmond, ba 1950, is president of Richmond Enterprises, which operates 32 Pizza Huts in San Antonio, Texas. Beginning with a single underperforming Pizza Hut in 1968, Richmond built one of the strongest franchises in America. He was inducted into the Pizza Hut Hall of Fame by the International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association in 2009, the San Antonio Business Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Texas Restaurant Association Hall of Honor. He has been honored as Outstanding Restaurateur and was named Restaurateur of the Year by the San Antonio Restaurant Association in 2011. He served 1994-99 as a Washburn University Foundation trustee. With his wife, Laura, he supports many Washburn programs. The Richmond Hall of the Living Learning Center is named in their honor. He was named a Washburn Alumni Fellow in 1998, received the Washburn Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1987 and was conferred an honorary doctorate of commerce from Washburn in 2000.

Earl Sutherland (1915-1974)

Earl SutherlandEarl Sutherland, bs 1937, is recognized as a giant in the field of molecular biology. Sutherland, who received his medical degree from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., received the 1971 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries concerning the mechanisms of the action of hormones. In 1958, he isolated cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cyclic AMP), a previously unknown compound. This discovery opened new paths in areas such as diabetes and cancer research. Sutherland served 10 years as professor of physiology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., and was distinguished professor of biochemistry at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine until his death. He received the Albert Lasker Award for basic medical research and the National Medal of Science. Sutherland was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. A bronze bust of Sutherland is installed in Stoffer Science Hall in his honor.

J. Bradbury Thompson (1911-1995)

J. Bradbury ThompsonJ. Bradbury Thompson, ba 1934, created the first iconic image of the Ichabod mascot in 1938. He was an internationally recognized innovator in graphic arts. He designed many books and magazines and more than 90 postage stamps, including the 1984 Love stamp. He was art director of Mademoiselle magazine; created a new font, Alphabet 26; and served 30 years on the faculty at Yale University, New Haven, Conn. One of his signature achievements is the Washburn College Bible (WCB), a three-volume typographic redesign of the King James Bible, published in 1979. In 1980, Oxford University Press published a one-volume edition of the WCB, which was made a Book-of-the Month Club special selection. Washburn awarded him an Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1958 and conferred an honorary doctor of fine arts on him in 1965. A track and field star, he was inducted into the Washburn Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985.

Ichabod Washburn (1798-1868)

Ichabod WashburnIchabod Washburn worked his way from indentured apprentice to captain of industry. The businessman was also a fervent Congregationalist, abolitionist and philanthropist who believed all people, including women and people of color, had a right to an education.

Washburn was sent at age 9 to learn leather harness-making because his widowed mother could not provide for him. By the time he was 33, Washburn had developed a machine and a technique that made wire stronger and easier to produce. His innovations in wire led some to call him a father of the industry, and for a time, his company was the largest wire producer in the world.

Horatio Quincy Butterfield visited Washburn’s home in Worcester, Mass., in October 1868. At that time, the financially struggling Lincoln College had been founded by the Congregational Church and admitted women and African-Americans from its inception. Washburn, a church deacon, pledged $25,000 to the school. The following month, the institution was renamed Washburn College in recognition of the pledge. Washburn died in December 1868 after complications of a stroke. He never set foot on his namesake campus.

Alice Adam Young (1937-2012)

Alice Adam YoungAlice Adam Young was the first dean of the Washburn School of Nursing. She expanded opportunities for registered nurses to obtain the bachelor’s degree as the professional entry for practice in the Topeka region. Formerly a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondolet, Young joined Washburn’s faculty in 1973, established the baccalaureate nursing program and guided it through four national accreditations that led to the establishment of the School of Nursing in 1982. She served 27 years as professor and dean, retiring in 2000. Young was a founding member of Hospice Inc. (now Midland Hospice) and a member of the Red Cross on local and national levels. She received a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Catherine, Minneapolis, Minn., a master’s degree with a psychiatric-mental health specialty from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and a doctorate in nursing science from New York University. The Washburn Alumni Association honored her in 2004 with the Lilla Day Monroe Award. She was married to James Mitchell Young.

James Mitchell Young (1919-2005)

James Mitchell YougJames Mitchell Young retired as vice president and provost from Washburn in 1988 after 32 years of service, during which he also was dean of special instructional programs, director of continuing education, secretary of the Washburn Board of Regents and associate professor of education. Largely through his efforts, programs in criminal justice, legal assistance, mental health, gerontology, banking and respiratory therapy were established. He was one of the pioneers in developing college instruction by television. He served 1989-96 on the Topeka City Council and was instrumental in developing the International Center of Topeka. In 1985, he received the American College Higher Education Award for outstanding service and contributions to adult education. In 2000, he received the Human Rights Award from the Korean Institute of Human Rights. He earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees and a doctorate in education from the University of Kansas. He was married to Alice Adam Young.