David ’77 and Carolyn Blakemore’s gift to help remodel WSU’s ‘living room’

David and Carolyn BlakemoreDavid and Carolyn Blakemore’s support of the Rhatigan Renewal is their way of thanking everyone at WSU who helped give their sons a positive university experience.

David ’77 and Carolyn Blakemore see the Rhatigan Student Center as the “living room” of Wichita State University. In general, the university has played an important role in their lives. The couple’s consistent giving to the university for more than 20 years is a reflection of that.

For the Blakemores, making a contribution to the Rhatigan Renewal — or “helping remodel the living room” — is a way to give back directly to the students, faculty, administrators and staff of the university who have generously supported their sons, James and Andy, as they attended Wichita State. They graduated from WSU in 2007 and 2011, respectively. Allison, the Blakemores’ daughter, an upcoming senior at Wichita East High School, is planning to attend WSU, too.

“Both of our boys are pursuing academic careers,” said David Blakemore. “They had professors at WSU who were tremendous role models, Dr. Francis D’Souza for James, and Dr. Ron Matson in Andy’s case.”

And there were other reasons to give, too.

“Carolyn and I have many fond memories of events at the RSC,” said Blakemore. “The tax credit available through the Higher Education Deferred Maintenance Tax Credit Program provided added motivation for our gift.”

For information about how to contribute to the Rhatigan Renewal, contact Jim Rhatigan, WSU Foundation consultant, at (316) 978-3846 or james.rhatigan@wichita.edu. 

For information about the Higher Education Deferred Maintenance Tax Credit Program, contact Patsy Selby, WSU Foundation vice president for finance and administrative services, at (316) 978-3810 or patsy.selby@wichita.edu.

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