A long-time Lawrence attorney who is president of the Ethel and Raymond F. Rice Foundation will be honored Thursday night at Kansas University.
Robert B. Oyler will receive the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center's 1993 Pioneer Award at a ceremony that begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of KU's Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art.
Robert B. Rogers, chairman and president of the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo., will deliver the Pioneer Address.
Oyler was selected for the center's highest award to recognize his 43 years of community service and his 21-year involvement with the Rice Foundation, said Ken Martinez, who chairs the center's governing board.
"The Rice Foundation's commitment to this community has been extensive and substantial," Martinez said in a prepared statement. "Many of the things we treasure about our quality of life -- the university, the arts, health care, social services, activities for youth -- have benefited from the foundation's vision and generosity."
The foundation, the largest private foundation in Douglas County, was established by Raymond Rice in 1972. Rice, a 1908 graduate of the KU School of Law, was a leading corporate attorney who established the foundation after the death of his wife in 1971.
After Rice's death in 1974, Oyler assumed leadership of the foundation. Created primarily to serve KU's law school, the foundation has also made bequests to community organizations that Rice supported before he died.