Bill and Susan Bunyan of Dodge City have committed at least $500,000 mainly to provide support for Kansas University athletes and students from the Dodge City area, Bob Frederick, intercollegiate athletics director, announced today. Both of the Bunyans teach at the Lincoln School of Unified School District 443 in Dodge City.
The gift is being developed through estate plans and life insurance. About $400,000 of the gift will benefit the Williams Educational Fund, the annual fund-raising program for KU athletics; provide basketball scholarships; and help defray costs of recruiting student athletes. The rest will establish a scholarship fund for KU students from Meade and Ford counties and will benefit the KU Alumni Association.
Bill Bunyan, a Los Angeles native, graduated from KU in 1961 with a bachelor's degree in international relations. He was a member of the Delta Chi social fraternity and the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honorary organization. His parents, William P. Bunyan Jr. and Loraine Gregory Bunyan, also were KU graduates.
The Bunyans are long-time supporters of the university. Bill Bunyan currently is serving a five-year term on the national board of directors of the KU Alumni Association and is in his 15th year as chairman of the Dodge City Area KU Alumni. The Bunyans' previous donations to KU include support for the Kansas Honors Program for Meade County students.
With his brother, Greg Bunyan, and mother, Loraine Bunyan, Bill Bunyan also is a part owner of the Lazy W Bar Ranch in Fowler. He served 15 years as treasurer of the Meade County Historical Society, was a member of the board of directors of the Kansas State Historical Society and is past chairman of the board of directors of the Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City. He was chairman of the Meade County Republican Party from 1968 to 1976.
The Bunyans are members of the Chancellors Club, KU's major-donor organization. Their gift has been included in Campaign Kansas, the university's fund-raising drive.