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Biography Project

Histories of the men and women behind WSU's endowed funds

Bobbie and Marvin Bastian Endowed Business Fund

H. Marvin Bastian and his wife, Bobbie Bastian, were long-time friends and supporters of Wichita State University. They were equally committed to campus and civic involvement. Mr. Bastian was a prominent businessman who became the director of Fidelity Bank, a financial institution that grew into a $1.8 billion company with 400 employees in multiple cities. Mr. Bastian once described himself as “hopelessly overcommitted,” serving on the boards of many community and civic groups, including United Way of the Plains, the Kansas Society for Crippled Children and the Wichita Symphony Society.

Mrs. Bastian received her bachelor’s degree in music from Northwestern University. She directed men’s and boys’ choirs and participated in the St. James Episcopal Church choir. She and her husband had three children, Clark, Clay and Christine. 

The Bastians were members of the WSU Foundation’s Society of 1895 and Fairmount Society. Mr. Bastian was the recipient of the WSU President’s Medal in 1989 and the Prestigious Uncommon Citizen Award from the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce. He served on the WSU Foundation’s National Advisory Council, the Ulrich Museum Advisory Board and the Barton School Advisory Board. The Bobbie and Marvin Bastian Endowed Business Fund was established in 2002 to provide faculty support in the W. Frank Barton School of Business.