Dwayne Shannon ’51 was devoted to family, education, service

Dwayne Shannon

Dwayne Shannon, former member of the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council.

Dwayne Shannon spent a lifetime building a successful company in Wichita, but as busy as his work kept him, he never shied away from service to his community, including to Wichita State University.

   Shannon, a 1951 graduate of the University of Wichita, served on the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council from 1997 until his death on Dec. 12, 2012, at the age of 83. He and his wife, Dot, gave generously through the years to support the W. Frank Barton School of Business, the Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, the WSU College of Fine Arts, WSU athletics and the Rhatigan Student Center renovation.

   He also was active in several community organizations, most notably Communities in Schools, and he and Dot could be seen often around town attending benefits and fundraising events for a wide spectrum of nonprofit groups.

    “Always ready with a smile and a twinkle in his eye, Dwayne was someone everyone enjoyed being around,” said Elizabeth King, president and CEO of the WSU Foundation. “He and Dot have been extremely supportive of Wichita State University and we greatly appreciate his service on our National Advisory Council and the Ulrich Museum Advisory Board. He will be greatly missed.”

   Shannon and two partners founded Metal-Fab Inc. in 1959, growing it to a business that today employs more than 300 people. The company, now run by Shannon’s son, Ken, makes chimneys, vents, fume exhausts and kitchen ventilation systems.

   Shannon was born in 1929 in Wichita. He attended Graceland College, then the University of Wichita, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1951, the same year he and Dot married. His faith was important to him, and he provided ministry and leadership in the Community of Christ Church. He enjoyed golfing, traveling and spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

   In addition to Dot and Kenneth, Shannon is survived by his daughter, Karen, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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