Kansas University and the KU Alumni Association will confer Distinguished Service Citations on three people who have made significant contributions to humanity.
They are Philip Anschutz, Denver; Ada Sue Hinshaw, Bethesda, Md.; and Joseph A. Pichler, Cincinnati.
The citations will be awarded at the all-university supper April 24. And the recipients are invited to take part in commencement ceremonies May 17.
The Distinguished Service Citation program began in 1941. This year's selections bring the number of recipients to 301. Nominations are solicited from alumni and faculty, and a committee chooses the recipients.
ANSCHUTZ IS president of the Anschutz Corp. and chairman of the Southern Pacific Transportation Co. A Russell native, he entered the oil business after obtaining a degree at KU and went on to develop oil and mineral resources, railroads, real estate and investments throughout the Great Plains and the West.
In 1989, he and his wife, Nancy, committed $6.4 million to Campaign Kansas, KU's fund-raising drive, to establish a library acquisitions endowment, the largest gift ever given for a public university library. The endowment honors his parents, Marian and Fred Anschutz, for whom KU named its science library. Another campaign gift from the Anschutzes established the Jordan Haines professorship in the KU School of Business.
Anschutz is a Western art enthusiast, and in 1981 he loaned a part of his collection to KU's Spencer Museum of Art. The collection has toured the former Soviet Union and China.
HINSHAW HAS been director of the National Center for Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., since 1987. A native of Arkansas City, Hinshaw obtained a master's degree in nursing from Yale University after completing a KU degree. She also has master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Arizona.
She taught nursing at the KU Medical Center from 1963 to 1965 and chaired the maternity nursing section of the School of Nursing. For the next several years she taught nursing at the University of California-San Francisco.
After completing a doctorate in 1975, she joined the faculty of the University of Arizona, where, until 1987, she was professor and director of research for the College of Nursing and director of research for the University Medical Center.
She has studied recovery patterns, patient self-care methods and patient satisfaction with nursing care. She also has researched the retention of nurses in hospitals and the ways certain types of training among care givers affect geriatric patients.
PICHLER IS chairman and chief executive officer of the Kroger Co., Cincinnati. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago. He was a faculty member at the KU School of Business from 1965 to 1980 and served as dean from 1974 to 1980.
He joined the board of Dillon Cos. in 1978 and two years later left KU to become the company's executive vice president. He rose to president in 1982 and president and chief executive officer in 1984. After the Kroger Co. merged with the Dillon Cos., he became Kroger's executive vice president and was promoted to chairman and chief executive officer in 1990.
He is an emeritus member of the KU School of Business board of advisers and serves on the Campaign Kansas National Council.