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    Professor emeritus of political science, Dr. Mel Kahn, passes away
    (Wichita State University, 2023-09-15) Strategic Communications
    Dr. Mel Kahn, professor emeritus of political science, passed away Sept. 13 at the age of 92. Kahn started teaching at Wichita State in 1970 and described himself as a “lifelong political junkie” and took on active support for the Democratic Party. He received the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. Kahn taught political science at WSU for over 50 years before being given the title of professor emeritus following his retirement.
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    Campus mourns Danette Baker
    (Wichita State University, 2022-10-16) Strategic Communications
    Danette Baker, program director for the Theatre Department in the College of Fine Arts, passed away on Nov. 12. Services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Holy Savior Catholic Church, 3000 E. 13th Street North in Wichita. A rosary ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., and the funeral mass will begin at 11 a.m. Afterward, there will be a funeral procession to Ascension Cemetary, 7200 E. 45th Street North in Bel Aire.
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    Wichita State University mourns death of President Emeritus Eugene Hughes
    (Wichita State University, 2021-03-11) Strategic Communications; Muma, Richard D.
    From Interim President Rick Muma: It is with great sadness that I, on behalf of the entire Wichita State University community, express my condolences to the family and friends of Eugene Hughes, former president of Wichita State. President Hughes died on March 10 in Flagstaff, Arizona. President Hughes served as Wichita State’s 11th and centennial president from 1993 to his retirement at the end of 1998. When he took office, he began a campaign for “The Metropolitan Advantage,” aimed at redefining Wichita State’s connection to the community – a pillar we hold near and dear to our mission to this day. Dr. Hughes believed that universities are never finished products, and urban institutions like Wichita State must evolve in response to the changes in the community. He said this dynamic quality would allow Wichita State to remain a powerful educational force for Wichita, our state and the nation for many years to come.
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    Campus mourns Ty Ramsey
    (Wichita State University, 2022-11-17) Strategic Communications
    Ty Ramsey, research technician for the National Institute for Aviation Research, died Saturday, Nov. 12, at his residence in Sedgwick. Ty was a lifelong resident of Sedgwick resident and graduate of Sedgwick High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served two tours in Afghanistan. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Halstead, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
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    University mourns loss of Brian Brown
    (Wichita State University, 2022-11-07) Strategic Communications
    Brian Brown, NIAR director of Robotics and Automation, passed away Monday, Oct. 31. In his 20 years at Wichita State, Brian left a lasting imprint on multiple facets of Industry and Defense Programs, from network structure, to the success of multiple laboratories, to long-term friendships with countless students, faculty and staff. Among other things, he will be remembered for his charisma, personality, technical expertise and remarkable intellect. A memorial scholarship has been established in Brian’s honor. Donations can be made here or mailed to the Brian Brown Memorial, c/o WSU Foundation, 1845 Fairmount, Campus Box 2, Wichita, KS 67260-0002. Funds will be used for tuition, fees, books and emergency needs for students working in NIAR’s Robotics and Automation Lab.