Herschel Dene Heskett graduated from Wichita University in 1935 with a bachelor of arts in business administration and a minor in accounting. He paid his way through college by working at the Wichita YMCA and as student assistant for the physical education department of WU. After serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he returned to Wichita and founded The People’s Finance Co., People’s Loan Service and Home Finance Company. He remembered his days at the university fondly, never forgetting those that helped him along his way. With contributions from his estate, the H. Dene Heskett Athletic Fund was established to support all areas of Shocker Athletics. Mr. Heskett is the namesake of the campus fitness center, dedicated to the memory of his parents.