Why I Give

“Our gift adds to the fund our father started for students from Conway Springs, where our family lived for 119 years. It’s our way of giving back — to our people, to Sumner County, to Kansas.”

Justin Hunt, bachelor’s in Latin American studies 1972, Charlotte, N.C. and Millicent Hunt Wesley, bachelor’s in music education 1953, Cave Creek, Ariz.

Gifts to support the Homer B. Hunt scholarship


“My mother cared greatly about the common good. She loved it when people worked together, and she loved representing Kansas. That passion compelled her and my father to make gifts that support the university and the causes they believed in: nursing, politics and the arts.”

Mary Lou Reece, bachelor’s in American studies 1977, Houston, Texas

Estate gift from H.W. (Bill) and Marynell Dyatt Reece to support the Spencer Museum of Art, School of Nursing and Dole Institute of Politics


 “To establish a lectureship for Pediatric Neurology at KU Medical Center has been my brainchild of an idea and now will be realized because of my gratitude to the institution that trained, nurtured and gave me a professional home. Students, residents and faculty benefit from visiting professors and lecturers, as I did when I was in post-graduate training and as a young faculty member.”

Lillian Gonzalez-Pardo, M.D., MHSA 1996, Medicine Residency 1967, 1968 and 1975, Medicine Fellowship 1974; and Manuel P. Pardo, M.D., Medicine Residency 1967, Mission Hills, Kan.

Gift to establish the Lillian Gonzalez-Pardo, M.D. Pediatric Neurology Lectureship


 “We are interested in supporting education and giving to students to expand their opportunities. Two words describe our support of music — appreciation and inspiration. We are amazed at the talent and want to reward it.” 

Janice Tande Gaumnitz, master’s in fine arts 1974, and Jack E. Gaumnitz, retired KU professor of finance, Lawrence, Kan.

Gifts to the School of Music for the International Institute for Young Musicians, the Simple Gifts summer program and the All Steinway School Initiative


 “Joe was always proud to be a graduate of the KU School of Engineering. I wanted to honor his memory and his dedication to KU by designating gifts through our estate planning to establish the H. J. and Joan O. Wertz Professorship in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.”

Joan O. Wertz, honoring her husband, the late Joe Wertz, bachelor’s in electrical engineering 1957, master’s in electrical engineering 1959

Gifts to establish the H. J. and Joan O. Wertz Professorship in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


 “As an alumna of KU’s School of Law, I appreciate giving back to the school. Dean Stephen Mazza has provided excellent leadership at KU Law, and I am honored to support the school and his vision for it. It gives me great pride to offer students the opportunity to pursue their own law school aspirations with this scholarship in my and my late husband’s name.”

Constance M. Achterberg, law, 1953,
Salina, Kan.

Gifts to establish the Constance M. Achterberg and C.L. Clark Scholarship for students in the School of Law


“Ginny and I established this geology field camp scholarship because we recognize the value of a hands-on geological experience provided by live-in field courses. We also recognize that since KU’s required six-week field course is only in Colorado and only in the summer, some students may lose summer employment income. Hopefully, our scholarships will help offset such financial shortfalls.”

Robert D. “Bob” Beu, bachelor’s in geological engineering 1950, master’s in geology 1952; and Virginia “Ginny” Ireland Beu, bachelor’s in geology 1952, Ooltewah, Tenn.

Gift to establish the Beu Geology Field Camp Scholarship