Marjorie Page was a friend to women's golf, WSU Libraries

Marge Page

Marge Page was a lifelong athelete but she also believed in academic excellence.

 

For much of her life, even as she advanced in years, Marjorie Page spent long hours on the golf course, playing a game she not only loved but one at which she also excelled.

   She was well-known among fellow golfers for winning the city’s nine-hole tournament three times, and being a champion at Crestview Country Club for years. In 1980, as a gift for their 35th wedding anniversary, her husband, Robert, established the Marge Page Endowed Golf Scholarship in her honor at Wichita State University, a reflection of her devotion to the game.

   Marge Page died in August at the age of 90. More than 30 years after her scholarship was first established, women golfers at WSU continue to benefit from the generosity of her family.

    “Marge Page was a great friend of the Wichita State women’s golf program,” said Tom McCurdy, women’s golf coach. “Each year the scholarship that bears her name is awarded to one of the members of the women’s golf team who displays solid character and leadership. Marge’s dedication to the game of golf and to the women’s golf program at WSU will continue to leave a positive impact for many years to come.”

    Page was equally interested in the academic side of college life. In the 1990s, when she read an article about the need for textbooks at WSU libraries, she set up a fund to dispense $10,000 a year to the school’s library system for book purchases.

   “Mrs. Page was dedicated to supporting the collections and services of the University Libraries for many years,” said Donald Gilstrap, dean of University Libraries. “Equitable advantages for WSU students were foremost in her thinking, and she provided opportunities for them to both work in the University Libraries and gain access to valuable materials they might not have had the chance to utilize otherwise. Her sense of community and how that related to her spirit of giving will be missed by the WSU family.”

     Page combined her passion for golf with her passion for children in 1974 when she co-founded the Wichita Junior Golf Foundation, giving children ages 10-17 the opportunity to learn the game. She donated and raised the money to pay for green fees, lessons and equipment, allowing children from all backgrounds to learn the game while playing on public golf courses. It’s estimated that 26,000 children have participated in the Junior Golf Foundation since 1974.

    Page was inducted into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame in 2004.

   She is survived by her son, Al, of Wichita; two daughters, Susan Page of Washington, D.C., and Jill Brooks, of Sunnyvale, Calif.; a brother, Ward Henry, of Hiawatha; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 

 
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