Ichabod Notables

Ichabod Notables N through Z

We are proud to present some of our outstanding Ichabods. To learn more about each one, click on the + symbol next to their name. 

William Edward “Ed” Nichols (1942- )

William Edward “Ed” Nichols (1942- )William Edward “Ed” Nichols, bba 1964, jd 1971, is a practicing attorney and investment banking consultant with companies in the United States and Europe. He has served as corporate counsel, director, officer, and member of the executive committee of several public and private companies, including T-Rex Oil, Inc., General Environmental Corporation, and Three Forks, Inc. where he served as chief executive officer. He has been active in oil and gas operations in Kansas, Colorado, Texas, Wyoming and North Dakota. He currently serves as a consultant and in-house counsel for SetNet Global, Ltd., a financial transaction processing company located in the United Kingdom. He also serves as managing director of Nichols and Company, LLC, a management consulting firm.  While living in Topeka, he was senior partner in Nichols and Wolfe, a municipal bond law firm. His wife, Karen A. Nichols, also graduated from Washburn with a ba in 1980 and jd 1983. His youngest son, John W. Nichols, is currently attending Washburn University School of Law.

Laurence "Larry" Van Cott Niven (1938- )

Larry NivenLaurence “Larry” Van Cott Niven, ba 1962, is a legend in the science fiction world. Writing primarily hard science fiction, Niven has authored numerous award-winning bestsellers and short stories. He is best known for Ringworld, published in 1970, the first of a sub series contained in Known Space, a future history. Niven has written for various science fiction television series and for the DC Comics character Green Lantern. Neutron Star, published in 1966, which won a Hugo, was first penned for a composition class at Washburn. His short story, The Return of William Proxmire, is partly set at Washburn University. His achievements include one Nebula, five Hugos, two Ditmars and four Locus Awards. With author Jerry Pournelle, Niven received the 2005 Robert A. Heinlein Society Award for outstanding published work in hard science or technical writings inspiring the human exploration of space. Washburn conferred an honorary doctor of literature on him in 1984.

* Photo courtesy of Marilyn Niven

Janet Ruth Nuzman (1931-2014)

Janet Ruth Nuzman (1931-2014)Janet Ruth Nuzman retired from Washburn in 1995 an emeritus assistant professor of physical education after 33 years of service. At Washburn, she developed and organized the women’s intercollegiate athletic program, was the first head coach in gymnastics, field hockey, basketball, softball and volleyball and served as women’s athletic coordinator and Washburn’s representative to the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW). Her extensive service to Washburn includes the athletic committee, library committee, capital campaign fund athletic committee and the Georgia Neese Gray Distinguished Women’s Lecture Series. In the summer of 1971, she received a Sweet Sabbatical to study European physical education at the University of Oslo, Norway. She served as a Washburn University Foundation trustee. She was named to the Washburn Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988, received the Lilla Day Monroe Award from the Washburn Alumni Association in 1999 and was honored with the Zonta Club Woman of Achievement Award in 2012. She earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Kansas State University, Manhattan, and a master’s degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

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.

Anthony Overton (1865-1946)

Anthony OvertonAnthony Overton was an entrepreneur, businessman, banker and publisher who founded the first major conglomerate led by an African-American. From 1882-84, he attended the Washburn Preparatory School, known later as the Academy. In 1890, he graduated from the University of Kansas law school, Lawrence, practiced law in Topeka and served one year as a municipal judge. In 1898, Overton moved to Kansas City, Kan., where he established the Overton Hygienic Manufacturing Co. and developed a line of cosmetics and perfumes for African-American women. In 1911, he moved the company to Chicago where it grew into a multimillion-dollar business with more than 400 employees and 52 products marketed nationally and internationally. Overton founded the first African-American-owned national bank, Douglass National, and then established the Victory Life Insurance Co. He also published a general interest magazine and a newspaper. For these achievements, he received the NAACP Spingarn Medal and the Harmon Business Award.

* Photo courtesy of the African American Registry.

Dale C Pond (1946- )

Dale Pond and his wifeDale C. Pond, bba 1969, excelled in the field of merchandising, marketing and strategy development. He served 12 years with Lowe’s Co. Inc., the second largest home improvement retailer in the world and one of the top 10 largest retailers in the United States, retiring in 2005 as senior executive vice president, merchandising and marketing. Pond is credited with creating the McDonald’s Happy Meal concept, in use since 1979, during his tenure with Bernstein/Rein Advertising Inc., where he managed the McDonald’s regional account for 13 states. After graduating from Washburn, he formed a Topeka advertising company, Peabody and Pond. Prior to Lowe’s, Pond held senior management positions at a series of leading retailers and home improvement companies. He serves on the boards of Family Dollar Stores and Bassett Furniture and retired from the Scripps Networks board of directors last year. He is a graduate of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Executive Program.

Edwin Alonzo Popenoe (1853-1913)

Edwin Alonzo Popenoe (1853-1913)Edwin Alonzo Popenoe, ma 1876, received the first master’s degree conferred by Washburn. After graduation, he taught three years in Shawnee County public schools. In 1879, he joined the faculty at the State Agriculture College, now Kansas State University, Manhattan, as chair of botany and horticulture. His chair was changed to entomology and zoology in 1894. With the exception of 1897-98, he served until retirement in 1908. He also was superintendent of grounds, transforming a cornfield into a campus by overseeing the planting of trees, orchards and gardens. He served in numerous state and national organizations for the advancement of agriculture, including the American Horticultural College and 10 years as secretary and one year as president of the Kansas Academy of Science. In 1893, he served as a special agent of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture for the creation of entomological exhibits and experimental stations, World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Michael Larr “Mike” Printz (1937-96)

Michael Larr “Mike” Printz (1937-96)Michael Larr “Mike” Printz, ba 1960, was a nationally known figure in library and publishing circles. As a student, he joined Kappa Sigma fraternity. He retired in 1994 after serving 29 years as a teacher and librarian at Topeka West High School, Topeka, Kan., and then served as a marketing consultant at Econo-Clad Books. Recognized in 1988 as Topeka District’s 501 Teacher of the Year, Printz initiated Topeka West’s Kansas Oral History and Author-in- Residence programs. He served as chair of the Best Books for Young Adults Committee in the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association, which created the Michael L. Printz Young Adult Book Award in his honor in 2000. He also was president of the Kansas Association of School Librarians and regional director of the American Association of School Librarians, taught young adult literature at Washburn 1986-94 and was a visiting instructor for the Graduate School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University.

Thomas Frank Puckett (1952- )

Thomas Frank Puckett (1952- )Thomas Frank Puckett, bba 1974, jd 1977, a leader in the cable television and optical industries and founder, owner of HPC Puckett & Company, a privately held merger and acquisition advisory firm, which has handled through fiscal 2015 more than 675 transactions representing more than $12 billion. HPC is the dominant optical merger and acquisition firm in the world, handling optical manufacturing, supply, service and retail mergers and acquisitions. Puckett is also an active board member and investor in various U.S.-based optical related companies. Prior to starting the company in 1983, Puckett practiced law in Topeka 1977-83, handling mergers, acquisitions and specialized taxation. In 2003, he was inducted into the Cable Television Pioneers and in 2011 was inducted into the Optical Pioneers Hall of Fame. He received the 2015 Directors Choice Award from The Vision Council. He has been Chairman of the Optical Pioneers committee since 1999, and is a lifetime board member of the non-profit research and educational Cable Center. Washburn honored him as an Alumni Fellow in 1994. He has been married to Carol Duffens Puckett since 1973 and his father, Dr. Robert R. Puckett, received his bachelor’s degree from Washburn in 1944.

Albert Turner Reid (1873-1958)

Albert ReidAlbert Turner Reid was a nationally renowned political cartoonist and illustrator. In 1901, he co-founded the Reid-Stone School of Art in downtown Topeka, which affiliated with Washburn in 1903. While teaching at the art school, Reid designed the 1904 Washburn College yearbook, the Kaw, and contributed illustrations to it through 1906. His tough little guy illustrations, published in the Kaw and on athletic posters, personified Washburn’s fighting spirit for many years. Reid also published the Leavenworth (Kan.) newspaper 1905-23 and the Kansas Farmer 1908-16, and his political cartoons and illustrations appeared in Topeka, Kansas City, Chicago and New York newspapers, as well as national magazines like the Saturday Evening Post. He also was renowned for his paintings of western scenes, especially horses. In 1919, he became director of pictorial publicity for the Republican campaign in New York City.

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.

* Photo provided by Kansas Historical Society

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.

Robert William “Bob” Richmond (1927- )

Robert William “Bob” Richmond (1927- )Robert William “Bob” Richmond, ba 1950, is a Kansas historian. He joined the Kansas State Historical Society in 1952 and served as archivist and assistant executive director and treasurer, retiring in 1988 after 36 years of service. He also served nearly 40 years as an adjunct professor of history, including 1957-96 at Washburn, 1977-84 at Emporia State University, Kan., and 1983-95 at Baker University, Baldwin, Kan., and was a Visiting Professor of American History at the University of Manitoba, Canada and a Scholar-in-Residence to the Johnson County museums, Kan. He is the author of numerous books, articles and reviews, including “Kansas, a Land of Contrasts,” in its fourth edition, and contributed more than 85 scholarly articles to journals and newspapers. As a student at Washburn, he joined Kappa Sigma fraternity. Washburn honored him with a Distinguished Service Award in 1997 and conferred an honorary doctorate of public service on him in 2011. He earned a master’s of arts degree in history from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Kristin Sue Rinne (1954- )

Kristin Sue Rinne (1954- )Kristin Sue Rinne, ba 1976, retired in 2014 from AT&T as senior vice president of network technology and also held leadership positions in Southwestern Bell and Cingular.  During her 38-year career, Rinne was a pioneer in the evolution, development and implementation of such wireless network technologies as smartphones, tablets and high speed LTE services. In 2011, she was named “The Most Influential Woman in Wireless” by Fierce Wireless and remained in their top 10 list annually through 2014. She was inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame in 2013 and into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame in 2014. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Curing Kids Cancer and Wycliffe Associates. She is a Washburn University Foundation trustee.  She was honored as a Washburn Alumni Fellow in 2006.

Brigadier General Deborah S. Rose, USAF, (Ret.) (1950- )

Brigadier General RoseBrigadier General Deborah S. Rose, bsn 1982, is the highest-ranking female to ever serve in the Kansas National Guard. Upon her promotion to brigadier general in 2007, she became the director of the Joint Staff, Joint Forces Headquarters, Kansas National Guard. She was responsible for the integration of more than 7,000 Kansas Army and Air National Guard forces for homeland security in Kansas and to support other states. In addition, she served as the Air National Guard assistant to the commander of the U.S. Air Force African Command. She deployed to Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield as a nurse. During Pre-Operation Iraqi Freedom, she deployed to Turkey as the leader of an aerial refueling base bed-down team. Her numerous military awards include the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal. Rose served in the USAF for 28.5 years. She was a member of the 2002 Leadership Kansas class and was named a 2011 Topeka Capital-Journal Distinguished Kansan. Washburn honored her as an Alumni Fellow in 2007 and conferred on her an honorary doctor of public service in 2012.

Dr. William Robert “Bill” Roy (1926-2014)

Dr. William Robert “Bill” Roy (1926-2014)Dr. William Robert “Bill” Roy, jd 1970, represented the 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms 1970-74 and ran for U.S. Senate against Bob Dole in 1974 and Nancy Landon Kassebaum in 1978. He served in the Air Force as a military physician and captain. The Air Force brought him to Kansas where he had a long medical practice in obstetrics and gynecology 1955-89 in Topeka, delivering more than 8,500 babies. He also served 1983-87 on the Kansas Board of Regents and 1986-87 on the Washburn University Board of Regents. He authored a weekly newspaper column that circulated across Kansas for 25 years and volunteered from 2003-13 at Washburn as an honorary visiting professor of political science and leadership. He earned a doctor of medicine degree from Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago. Washburn conferred an honorary doctor of public service on him in 2008, and the Washburn University School of Law awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

Marie Russell (1900-1981)

Marie RussellMarie Russell, jd 1925, served more than 40 years as head law librarian at the State Library, retiring in 1959. She worked one year as a Washburn Law librarian. In 1928, she joined the Washburn Law faculty as the first woman lecturer and taught part-time common law pleading and conflict of laws for 30 years. She was a member of the Kansas and American Bar Associations and a life member of the American Association of University Women, American Association of Law Librarians and the Kansas Historical Society. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and master’s and doctorate degrees from Simmons College, Boston, Mass. In 1966, she received the School of Law Distinguished Service Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. 

Frank Carmine Sabatini (1932- ) & Judith Leslie Lennox Sabatini (1943- )

Frank and Judith SabatiniFrank Carmine Sabatini is a banker and entrepreneur. He opened the third store in the Pizza Hut franchise and developed more than 60 restaurants in five states before purchasing Topeka’s Capital City Bank, where he serves as chairman emeritus. He is a past chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents and a former member of the Washburn Board of Regents. He earned bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Judith Leslie Lennox Sabatini, bfa 1985, is a founding member of the Collective Art Gallery and owner of Studio 521, a private photography gallery. A Washburn University Foundation trustee, she served 13 years at Washburn as an adjunct instructor of photography, receiving the Ned Fleming Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997. She also served as assistant director of the Mulvane Art Museum, which houses the Judith Lennox Sabatini ArtLab for children. Washburn conferred an honorary doctor of commerce on Frank and an honorary doctor of fine arts on Judith in 2006.

Hattie D. Scales (1841-1879)

Hattie D. Scales was the first woman to graduate from Washburn. The class of 1869, which consisted of Scales and Perley Griffin, was the first to graduate after the College’s name was changed from Lincoln to Washburn. Scales received the first of a few diplomas conferred in the “ladies course,” which was later changed to a bachelor of science when that academic course was abolished in 1870. As a student of Lincoln College, Scales participated in the 1868 commencement exercises, reading an essay she composed entitled “Born to Die.” During her own commencement in 1869, she read the essay “Life’s Conflicts,” which the Topeka Daily Tribune called “very fine and well read.” Scales came to Washburn from Waldoboro, Maine, where the 1860 census listed her as a “common school teacher.” At Washburn, she received $14 for teaching a preparatory school class. A distant relative of Mayflower Pilgrim John Alden, Scales boarded with abolitionist Caroline Scales, who was most likely her aunt, in a house located on Quincy St. between 4th and 5th streets. She returned to Waldoboro and married Alden M. Wetherbee, a postman and trader, in 1874. They had one son, who died in infancy.

Jerry Harold Schemmel (1959- )

Jerry Harold Schemmel (1959- )Jerry Harold Schemmel, ba 1982, jd 1985, has been a sportscaster and a play-by-play announcer on the college and professional level for nearly 30 years. He is one of the radio voices of the Colorado Rockies, one of the television voices of Mountain West Conference Basketball on Root Sports, was the broadcast voice of the Denver Nuggets for 18 seasons 1992-2013, and the radio voice of the Colorado State Rams. He broadcast two years for the Minnesota Timberwolves and, while in law school, was the voice of the Ichabods. A popular motivational speaker, Schemmel authored Chosen to Live, a chronicle of the crash of Flight 232 and its effects on his life, which has been featured in Reader’s Digest, Hoop magazine, Sports Spectrum and Guideposts. He has also appeared as a guest on national television programs, including “Good Morning America,” “CBS This Morning,” “48 Hours” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Mayo Myron Schmidt (1957- )

Mayo Myron Schmidt (1957- )Mayo Myron Schmidt, bba 1980, has more than 32 years of experience in the global agricultural business. He serves on the board of directors of Agrium Inc., a major producer and distributor of agricultural products and services in North America, South America and Australia, serves on the board of directors of the Global Transportation Hub Authority and is a contributor to Harvard University’s Private and Public, Scientific, Academic and Consumer Food Policy Group. He was president, chief executive officer and director of Viterra Inc., 2000-10. As a student, he was captain of both the football and track teams, received the Outstanding Player Award for football and signed a contract with the Miami Dolphins in 1980. Washburn honored him as an Alumni Fellow in 2003 and an Oscar S. Stauffer Executive in Residence in 2008. He has served since 2008 as a Washburn University Foundation trustee and supports many scholarships and projects at Washburn, including the Mayo Schmidt Finance Laboratory in the School of Business.

Brigadier Howard Sanford Searle (Ret.) (1891-1972)

Brigadier Howard Sanford Searle (Ret.) (1891-1972)Brigadier Howard Sanford Searle, ba 1914, jd 1916, enlisted in the Kansas Army National Guard and served overseas in World War I. In 1918, he was commissioned and served continuously with the National Guard, retiring in 1951. He was mobilized during World War II and served as personnel officer and then Deputy Chief of General Staff Headquarters of the VII Corps, U.S. Army Europe. In 1946, he was promoted to brigadier general and was responsible for re-establishing the National Guard across Kansas. He handled several disasters, including the 1951 Kansas City flood and the 1955 tornado at Udall. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, the French Legion of Honor and the Croix de Guerre with Palm. He was also chairman of Washburn’s Centennial Committee. Topeka’s Phi Delta Theta Alumni Association named him Phi of the Year in 1962. In 1981, the Kansas Army National Guard posthumously inducted him into its Hall of Fame. Washburn honored him with a Distinguished Service Award in 1951 and conferred an honorary doctor of law on him in 1967.

Geneva Seybold (1900-2003)

Geneva Seybold (1900-2003)Geneva Seybold, ba 1921, was a world traveler and a journalist. She worked six years in public relations serving clients from non-profit, philanthropic organizations such as Twentieth Century Fund and some of the Rockefeller foundations and was an editor for Popular Science Monthly. She retired at the age of nearly 70 after 25 years with the Conference Board, an economic research organization for business and industry, authoring 23 book-length studies and writing numerous articles for the company’s monthly magazine, The Management Record, and championing equal pay for women. She earned a master’s degree from Columbia University, New York City, N.Y., which awarded her a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. At the age of 95, she wrote a chronicle of her 1927 trip around the world, “A-Waltzing Matilda,” which the Washburn Alumni Association published in 1994. Her endowed scholarships at Washburn support students who study abroad. Washburn honored her with a Distinguished Service Award in 1958.

Gretchen O.A. Sibberson (1916-1994) & T. Erna Sibberson (1919-2001)

Sibberson sistersGretchen O.A. Sibberson, ba 1937, and T. Erna Sibberson, ba 1937, established the Sibberson Award at Washburn, which is given to the highest ranking member of the senior class in an undergraduate program. The sisters intended for the substantial monetary award to allow recipients to pursue graduate studies, travel or start a business. Both sisters graduated from Topeka High School in 1933. They also both attended Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., where Gretchen earned a bachelor’s degree and Erna earned a master’s degree. At Washburn, they were members of Pi Gamma Mu social science honorary society. Gretchen pursued a career as a social worker with Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services. Erna served 31 years as an enrollment secretary at Topeka High School, resigning to become a successful investor and financial adviser.

The Honorable James "Jim" Charles Slattery (1948- )

Jim SlatteryThe Honorable James “Jim” Charles Slattery, ba 1970, jd 1975, is a six-term U.S. congressman who represented the Kansas 2nd District 1983-95 and was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2008 and for Kansas governor in 1994. He is a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm Wiley Rein LLP, where he is chairman of the public policy practice. During his tenure in the House of Representatives, he was a member of the Budget, Veterans Affairs, Banking and Energy and Commerce committees. He travels regularly to the Middle East to encourage interfaith dialogue and reconciliation and has served as an international election monitor in Iraq, Ukraine and Nicaragua. A past member of the Washburn Board of Regents, Slattery serves on the Washburn University School of Law Board of Governors and is a Washburn University Foundation trustee. Washburn honored him with an Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1986 and named him an Alumni Fellow in 2001. 

Raymond Lewis Spring (1932-2001)

Raymond SpringRaymond Lewis Spring, ba 1957, jd 1959, served 1970-78 as dean of the Washburn University School of Law and 36 years as a faculty member. During his tenure as dean, Washburn Law experienced enormous change and growth in students, faculty positions and volumes in the library. Spring also strengthened the school’s national reputation through his pioneering efforts in clinical legal education. An authority in the law and mental disability field, he held a joint faculty appointment in the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences and served on the Governor’s Committee on Criminal Administration. His numerous publications include The End of Insanity and three editions of a nationally recognized textbook on law and the mental health system. He received distinguished professor rank in 1978 and was named the William O. Douglas Professor of the Year in 1980. Washburn Law honored him with a Distinguished Service Award in 1987.

Dr. Marvin Allen “Mal” Stevens (1900-1979)

Dr Marvin Allen Stevens (1900-1979)Dr. Marvin Allen “Mal” Stevens, bs 1937, was an outstanding college athlete who coached football at Yale, New Haven, Conn., and New York University, N.Y., and was an orthopedic surgeon and pioneer in the treatment of athletic injuries. A 1929 graduate of Yale Medical School, he served as a physician to both the football and baseball New York Yankees teams. In 1946, he became head coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers, of which he was also a part owner. He served as chairman of the Medical Advisory Board to the New York State Athletic Commission 1951-75 and retired from medicine in 1975 as the eastern director of the Sister Elizabeth Kenny Institute and Clinic for infantile paralysis and the clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the New York University-Bellevue Medical Center. In 1969, he received the Distinguished American Award from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame for his service to college athletics. Washburn honored him with a Distinguished Service Award in 1963 and named him to the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1970.

* Photo used with permission: Pictures of Yale Individuals, RU 684. Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library

Lieutenant Colonel Warren A. Stewart (1969- )

Warren StewartLieutenant Colonel Warren A. Stewart, bsn 1998, serves as a clinical operations analyst at Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces Command, Surgeon’s Directorate, Fort Bragg, N.C. In 2012, he was an Army Research Fellow at the RAND Corp. Arroyo Center in Santa Monica, Calif. From 2009-11, he was officer in charge of the Emergency Treatment Section for the 28th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Bragg, supporting more than 14,000 soldiers and civilians deployed to Iraq. He served 2002-05 at Fort Riley as a brigade combat team nurse and was an adjunct professor for the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Md. Stewart played an essential medical role during the 2001 anthrax attack on Washington, D.C., and was a first responder to the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. He deployed to Iraq twice, receiving the Army Commendation Medal with “Valor” device and the Combat Medical Badge. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, which honored him with a 2009 Alumni Award. Washburn recognized him with an Alumni GOLD Award in 2005 and as an Alumni Fellow in 2010.

Bryan Sewell Stoffer (1896-1961)

Bryan Sewell Stoffer (1896-1961)Bryan Sewell Stoffer served 1942-61 as Washburn’s eighth president. During his 18-year tenure, Stoffer led Washburn’s evolution from a private to a municipal university and enrollment increased from 1,000 to 4,080 students. Characterized as a student-centered educator and philosopher, he responded to increases in enrollment from the Navy’s V-12 program 1943-45 and the influx of veterans with G.I. Bill benefits following World War II with a decade-long building program that included the Memorial Union, Morgan Hall, Carruth Residence Hall, married student housing and a science building, named Stoffer Science Hall in his honor shortly after his death in office. Prior to Washburn, Stoffer served five years as president of Doane College, Crete, Neb., and 12 years in India as a missionary and president of the American College in Madura. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, Ohio, in 1918, a bachelor of divinity, a master of arts, and a doctorate from the University of Chicago, Ill. He also completed coursework in theology and ethics and returned to Chicago in 1959 on a Sweet Sabbatical to study psychology and religion as a visiting scholar.

George Melville Stone (1858-1931)

George StoneGeorge Melville Stone was an internationally known portrait and landscape painter. He attended Kansas State Normal School in Emporia, Kan., and studied art in Paris 1887-91. He co-founded, with Albert Turner Reid, the Reid-Stone School of Art, which affiliated with Washburn in 1903 and moved on campus into Boswell Hall in 1906. Stone taught drawing and painting at the school 1902-09 and 1916-18. The Mulvane Art Museum’s permanent collection holds 20 of his works, 13 of which are portraits and include Joab Mulvane, Lilla Day Monroe and Washburn President Frank Knight Sanders. His work is in numerous collections, including the Mission Inn in Riverside, Calif.; Sacred Heart Cathedral in Dodge City, Kan.; and St. Francis Health, Topeka. “Transfiguration” is in Topeka’s Grace Cathedral. “Spirit of Kansas” is on display in the Kansas governor’s conference room of the Kansas Capitol, which also features historical murals on the first floor that were painted by David Overmyer, one of Stone’s students.

Damian Lynn Strohmeyer (1958- )

Damian StrohmeyerDamian Lynn Strohmeyer, bba 1980, works in portraiture, photojournalism, fast-moving news, sports and feature photography in advertising, commercial and editorial markets. He began as a photographer at the Topeka Capital-Journal and then joined the Denver Post. His work has been featured 70 times on the cover of Sports Illustrated, with which he has been affiliated for more than 20 years. He has covered the World Series, the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the World Cup, the Stanley Cup, the Olympics and the past 27 Super Bowls. His photographs illustrate A March of Honor, which chronicles an Indiana small-town high school basketball program. His honors include awards from Pictures of the Year, the National Headliners Awards and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where his work is exhibited. He is a member of the Canon Explorers of Light program, a group of 50 of the world’s most influential photographers.

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.

Gilbert F. “Gil” Viets (1943- ) and Robert O. “Bob” Viets (1943- )

Gilbert F. “Gil” Viets (1943- ) Gilbert F. “Gil” Viets, bba 1965, retired as a partner after a 35-year accounting career with Arthur Andersen. A certified public accountant, he worked with several companies in highly regulated industries, including transportation, energy and financial services and also served with ATA Holdings Corp. as vice president, chief financial officer and chairman of the audit committee of the board of directors. He was a clinical associate professor of accounting in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington, and served 1996-2002 as a Washburn University Foundation trustee. Washburn honored him as an Alumni Fellow in 1995.

Robert O. “Bob” Viets (1943- )Robert O.“Bob” Viets, ba 1965, retired after a 26-year career as president, chief executive officer and director of CILCORP, a NYSE-listed holding company, which owned and regulated electric and natural gas utilities in central Illinois. A certified public accountant, he previously served as an auditor with Arthur Andersen. He has served as a director of RLI Corp., Consumers Water Co., Philadelphia Suburban Corp. (now Aqua America, Inc.), and Patriot Coal Corp. He earned a juris doctor in 1969 from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.

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.

Mamie Luella Williams (1894-1986)

Mamie Luella Williams (1894-1986)Mamie Luella Williams, ba 1915, served 45 years in Topeka 1918-63 as a prominent teacher, counselor and principal at Buchanan, Washington and Monroe elementary schools. She also taught at Lane College, Jackson, Miss., and earned a master’s degree with a special Teacher of Education diploma in 1924 from Columbia University, New York City, N.Y. She was appointed to the Kansas Commission on the Status of Women, served as a delegate-at-large to the 1971 White House Conference on Aging, chaired the Republican Senior Citizens Advisory Council in Kansas, served on the Washburn College Board of Trustees and was active in Nonoso and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. A prolific writer, she published four books on the black history of Topeka USD 501. Washburn honored her with a Distinguished Service Award in 1973, the Lilla Day Monroe Award in 1979 and conferred an honorary doctor of education on her in 1982. Topeka USD 501 named the Williams Science and Fine Arts Elementary Magnet School in her honor in 1996.

Dr. Douglas Wayne Wilmore (1938- )

Douglas WilmoreDr. Douglas Wayne Wilmore, ba 1960, retired in 2002 as a renowned physician, researcher and professor. After earning a medical degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, in 1964, he trained in surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. There he joined a team to develop a method of intravenous feeding that is used to support patients worldwide. He served in the Army 1971-79 at the Institute for Surgical Research in San Antonio, Texas, where he researched in the field of metabolic derangements associated with major injury. In 1979, he joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School as the Frank Sawyer Professor of Surgery and was also senior staff surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Mass. During that time, his laboratory researched and developed lifesaving methods related to administering the amino acid glutamine to seriously ill patients. Washburn honored him with an Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1982 and conferred an honorary doctor of science on him in 1995.

The Honorable Don Whitman Wilson (1942- )

The Honorable Don Whitman Wilson (1942- )The Honorable Don Whitman Wilson, ba 1964, served 1987-93 as the seventh archivist of the United States. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan, Wilson oversaw the National Archives and Records Administration, which has custody of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Emancipation Proclamation. Wilson also has served in four presidential libraries, beginning with nine years as historian and deputy director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library. He was the first director of the Gerald Ford Presidential Library, where he served 1981-87, and was executive director of the George H. W. Bush Library Foundation 1993-99. In 2009, he was named president and chief executive officer of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. He also taught history at Kansas State University, Manhattan, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Texas A&M University, College Station and Washburn and was associate director of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in history from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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.