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In Memoriam -
Remembering friends who shared their lives with Wichita State
Wilson K. Cadman

    Linda Brantner

At every meeting she attended, with every person she interacted, for every organization she served, Linda Brantner left behind a strong and enduring impression. With a warm smile, a friendly word, a respected counsel, she exuded a combination of charm, confidence and cool-headedness.

Her influence and contributions were so notable that when she retired as president and CEO of Delta Dental of Kansas in 2013, her colleagues honored her by creating two scholarships in her name at Wichita State University, her alma mater. A few weeks before, she had resigned from the WSU Foundation Board of Directors. Though she had served for a little more than a year, her fellow board members presented her with a heart-felt tribute for the impact she had made.

Mrs. Brantner made those transitions in 2013 so she could commit herself to fighting the cancer that had been diagnosed two years earlier. She lost her battle with the disease in December 2016.
It didn’t surprise those who knew her that one of her biggest priorities at Delta Dental was customer service. She believed that’s what would make the company successful, and its revenue figures through the years proved her right. She was a people person known for mentoring, especially to women, and also someone who valued family and home life.

Mrs. Brantner was proud of her two degrees from Wichita State and of the university’s accomplishments. She provided the leadership that led Delta Dental and the Delta Dental Foundation of Kansas to make a lead contribution of $3.25 million to the WSU Advanced Education in General Dentistry building in 2008. Delta Dental also generously supported WSU’s dental hygiene program, donating to a major renovation of the program’s clinic on campus, which was then named for the company.

“It’s truly hard to overstate the dedication and affection Linda had for Wichita State, and the hard work she was willing to do to help it succeed,” said Elizabeth King, WSU Foundation president and CEO. “She was an intelligent, well-respected businesswoman who also loved to laugh and who cherished her family and friends. She will be deeply missed.”

In addition to serving on the WSU Foundation board, Mrs. Brantner also sat on the WSU School of Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee, the WSU National Advisory Committee and the Ulrich Museum Advisory Board. The WSU Alumni Association honored her in 2014 with its Alumni Achievement Award.

In the community, she served on the Wichita Leadership Council and the boards of the United Way of the Plains. She was a Wichita Art Museum trustee and the honorary chair for the Race for the Cure campaign in 2013. Other organizations she served included the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Wichita Area Outlook Team, Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce Board, CASA Board and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Mrs. Brantner is survived by her mother Lee, husband Doug, sons David, Greg, Eric and Matt, their wives and six grandchildren. Her family has suggested memorial donations to the Linda and Douglas Brantner Family Leadership in Business Scholarship at Wichita State.

For more information

To make a donation to a memorial fund, contact Phoebe Garcia, WSU Foundation administrative assistant to the vice president for planned giving, at 316-978-3811,, or click below.

Phoebe Garcia