Three Kansans will be honored Oct. 19 as recipients of the Fred Ellsworth Medallion, Kansas University Alumni Association's highest honor for service to KU.
Robert F. Bennett of Overland Park, John C. Dicus of Topeka, and Robert A. Long of Leawood will be recognized at a dinner at the Adams Alumni Center.
Since 1975, 86 medallions have been presented in memory of Fred Ellsworth, former Alumni Association executive secretary who retired in 1963 after 39 years of service. Recipients are chosen by a committee of representatives from the KU chancellor's office, the Alumni Association, the KU Endowment Association and the KU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Bennett, a former Kansas governor, is a senior partner in the law firm of Bennett, Lytle, Wetzler, Winn & Martin in Prairie Village. He received his bachelor's degree from KU in 1950 and his law degree from KU in 1952.
HE BEGAN his public career in Prairie Village city government in the 1950s and was a state senator from 1965 to 1975. From 1973 to 1975, he served as president of the Senate. He was elected governor in 1975 and became the first Kansas chief executive to serve a four-year term. As governor, Bennett supported higher education through budget recommendations.
He resumed private law practice after losing his bid for re-election in 1979. Bennett also is past president of the KU School of Law's board of governors and a 1979 recipient of the Law Society Distinguished Alumnus Citation. In 1984, he received KU's Distinguished Service Citation, the highest honor given by the university to recognize service to humanity.
DICUS IS chair, chief executive officer and president of Capitol Federal Savings and Loan Assn. in Topeka. He received his bachelor's degree from KU in 1955 and joined the company in 1959. Discus was named chair and chief executive officer in January 1989.
He also is a member of the Kansas League of Savings Institutions, the executive committee for the U.S. League of Savings Institutions and the Federal Reserve Bank Thrift Advisory Committee.
Dicus' community service activities include membership on the boards of the Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center and the Menninger Foundation. He also is vice chair of the Menninger Fund. He is past president of the Topeka Chamber of Commerce, the Topeka United Way, the Native Sons of Kansas and other civic organizations.
He has served as the Alumni Association's national president, executive vice president and a member of its board of directors.
LONG, A 1957 graduate, is president of the J.E. Dunn Equities Inc. in Westwood and a certified public accountant. He worked at accounting firm Arthur Andersen and Co. for almost 30 years and was manager of the Kansas City office and senior partner of the firm. After retiring, he served as executive vice president for Commonwealth Theatres Inc. and then joined J.E. Dunn.
He has received several community service awards, including Mr. Kansas City of 1981, the Salvation Army "Others" Award and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Citation Award.
Long also is a longtime member of the KU Medical Center Advisory Council and coordinator of the Medical Center Campaign Kansas Committee, which seeks to raise $35 million in five years for Medical Center programs.
He has been an Endowment Association member since 1985 and a trustee of the organization.