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New memorials were established or existing funds were selected in honor of the following deceased friends of Wichita State through the WSU Foundation between Dec. 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. To contribute, please contact Phoebe Garcia, WSU Foundation administrative assistant to the vice president for planned giving, at 316-978-3811 or


Linwood Sexton* will not soon be forgotten. The 1948 graduate of Wichita University made an impression on almost everyone he met for his friendly demeanor, not to mention his legacy as a star athlete. While at WU, he was named All Missouri Conference First Team for three consecutive years, holding the school career rushing record of 1,995 yards. In 2000, Jim Mann ’56, paid tribute to him by endowing the Linwood Sexton Scholarship. Mr. Sexton died on March 29 at age 90.

Those who knew Dharma deSilva* described him as passionate, tireless and committed to his belief that international trade helped make the world a more peaceful place. Dr. deSilva died on April 1 at the age of 83. He joined Wichita State in 1975 and held appointments as director of the Center for International Business Advancement, Rudd Foundation Distinguished Fellow, professor of International Business and chair of the World Trade Council of Wichita, which he co-founded in 1976.

Thomas Beard '66 Memorial for WSU
Linda Brantner ’90 Memorial for the Linda & Doug Brantner Family Leadership & Business Scholarship

Dr. Dharma deSilva* International Business Scholarship Memorial

John Gist Memorial for WSU

Robert ‘Brodie’ Jones ’00 Memorial for the WSU Crew Team

John D. McBride Memorial for the Flavia & John McBride Heskett Center Education Fund

Kim Sanders Memorial for WSU Women’s Basketball

Linwood Sexton* ’48 Scholarship Memorial

Donna L. Spader Memorial for WSU Soroptimist Scholarship