In memoriam – looking back

Following are a few of the beloved Shocker supporters who died during the last fiscal year. They will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

Harold Brammer



Harold I. Brammer, retired dentist, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2011. A 1939 graduate of East High, Brammer was an Honor Five graduate of the University of Wichita (WU) in 1943, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics. He served as an infantry lieutenant in World War II and was wounded in France. After a long recuperation and graduating from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Dental School in 1951, he returned with his wife, Mary, to Wichita to raise a family and establish a practice, which endured more than 35 years. Brammer also taught algebra at WU. The Brammers gave their time and support to a variety of community activities, especially the libraries of Wichita State University. They established the Harold and Mary Brammer Endowed Fund and the Harold and Mary Brammer Endowed Library Fund. In addition to these funds, their support also included KMUW 89.1 and the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences through the WSU Foundation annual fund. Brammer was a member of the WSU Alumni Association Board of Directors and was a life member of the association. He was a member of the Library Associates and Phi Upsilon Sigma Fraternity. Brammer was a President’s Club Life Member through the WSU Foundation.


Anita Lusk


Anita Marie Lusk, retired Wichita High School West business teacher, died April 1, 2011. She was born in Wichita and graduated from Wichita High School North. From the University of Wichita, Lusk earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1938 and served on the student government association. She received a Master of Arts in elementary education in 1955. Lusk served on the WSU Endowment Board of Governors from 1974-97 and continued when the name was changed to the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council until 2008. She was a member of the Society of 1895 and the President’s Club Life. Lusk served on the College of Education Dean’s Advisory Council. She was a Newcomen Honoree and won the Fairmount Founders’ Award in 1990. In addition to the Anita Lusk Business Scholarship and the Anita Lusk Scholarship, she gave to KMUW 89.1, the Roundhouse Renaissance Campaign and an unrestricted fund. The Anita Lusk Memorial for the Anita Lusk Business Scholarship has been established in her honor.

 


Christine Paulsen-Polk




Christine Faye Paulsen-Polk graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wichita in 1962 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and in 1968 with a Master of Fine Arts in art history. She died Aug. 20, 2010. Paulsen-Polk retired as president of Paulsen Petroleum Company and was active in the field of art. Paulsen-Polk loved WSU and rarely missed a basketball game. She was a member of the WSU Endowment Board of Governors, now known as the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council (NAC), from 1989-97 and then on the NAC from 1999-2010. Paulsen-Polk served on the Art and Scholarships for Students Committee, and was a member of the Art and Design Society, Music Associates Board of Directors, Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Ulrich Museum Advisory Board. She also established the Chris Paulsen-Polk Art Gallery at the Ulrich Museum of Art, as well as endowed the Christine F. Paulsen-Polk Endowed Scholarship in the College of Fine Arts, the Jack G. Paulsen Endowed Track Scholarship and the Jack G. Paulsen Endowment in Athletics. In addition to these funds, Paulsen-Polk gave generously to the Cessna Stadium renovation, the Edwin A. Ulrich Annual Exhibition Fund, Music Student Enrichment Fund: Orchestra, Poets on Painters Exhibition Fund, Roundhouse Renaissance Campaign, Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization and the Ulrich Museum Alliance operating fund and renovation fund. Because of her generosity, she was inducted as a life member of the Fairmount Society. She also was a life member of the WSU Alumni Association.

 


Geraldine Rathbone


Geraldine Lois “Jerry” Rathbone died March 23, 2011. Rathbone and her husband, Jack, spent most of their lives in Wichita and Sterling, Kan. Rathbone attended school at Irving, Horace Mann and Wichita High School North. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Education, majoring in elementary education, in 1936 from the University of Wichita. She was a member of the Spirit Squad and was the 1936 Parnassus Queen. Rathbone taught in Anthony, Kan., and substitute taught in Ponca City, Okla. She also volunteered as a member of a group that tutored students at Adams Elementary School in Wichita. Rathbone was a Fairmount Society Life Member and endowed the Geraldine Rathbone Endowed Scholarship in the College of Education and the Jack H. Rathbone Endowed Scholarship in Business at WSU. In addition to these funds, she contributed to the Roundhouse Renaissance, funding a study room, men’s basketball, the College of Education, the W. Frank Barton School of Business and the WSU Alumni Association, of which she was a life member and served on its board. She was a member of Alpha Tau Sigma. The Geraldine L. “Jerry” Rathbone Educational Fund Memorial has been established in her honor.

 

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