Archive for Thursday, February 14, 1991


February 14, 1991


Former Kansas University Chancellor W. Clarke Wescoe and his wife, Barbara, Minneapolis, Minn., have donated a piece of sculpture to the collection at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art.

The museum recently unveiled a 15th-century Japanese Buddhist sculpture at a ceremonial dedication. The 32-inch-tall Buddha was purchased from an art dealer in Kyoto, Japan.

The Wescoes' previous gifts to KU include a Tai Chi sculpture located in front of Green Hall. They have continued to provide support for KU through gifts to the Barbara Benton Wescoe Fund at the KU Endowment Association. According to a news release from the association, campaign gifts for 1990 total nearly $130,000.

Clarke Wescoe became a professor of pharmacology and experimental medicine at KU in 1951. After a year of teaching, he was appointed dean of the School of Medicine. He succeeded Dr. Franklin D. Murphy as KU's 10th chancellor, serving from 1960 to 1969.

After resigning as chancellor, Wescoe served as chairman and chief executive officer of Sterling Drug Inc. until his retirement in 1985.

In 1969, Wescoe was cited as an honorary alumnus by the Kansas Alumni Association.

Barbara Benton Wescoe was recognized in October 1990 for her contributions to the Spencer museum. In 1965, she assembled a committee to organized a benefit ball to raise funds for the museum. The committee formed the Gallery Guild, the first official friends organization for the Spencer museum. The organization, later renamed Friends of the Art Museum, has approximately 800 members.

She received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion in 1986 for significant service to KU. The Wescoes are life members of the KU Alumni Association and the Chancellors Club, KU's major-donor organization.

The Wescoes' gift will be counted toward Campaign Kansas, the largest fund-raising drive in KU history.

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