A gift of more than $300,000 to Kansas University will endow a fund for intra-university professorships and a scholarship program for students in the doctor of medicine and doctor of philosophy join degree track.
The money was a gift in memory of W.W. Keeler, former president of the KU Alumni Association.
The late Ruby Hamilton Keeler of Bartlesville, Okla., and her three sons established the two funds with stock valued at more than $300,000. The intra-university professorship program allows faculty members to study and lecture in departments outside their fields. These professorships also allow recipients to collaborate and explore mutual interests with other faculty members.
The scholarship program will assist exceptional students in the six-year program, which prepares them for careers in teaching and research. Mrs. Keeler and her sons established the Keeler Family Intra-University Professorship and the Keeler Family M.D./Ph.D Scholarship funds in memory of her late husband, W.W. Keeler, who was named chief executive officer of Phillips Petroleum Co. in 1967. He was a founder and trustee of the Cherokee Foundation and was appointed principal chief of the Cherokees in 1949.
Mr. Keeler attended KU with the class of 1932. He served as president of the KU Alumni Association in 1968. In 1961, he received a distinguished service citation from the KU Alumni Association for outstanding service to humanity. Mr. Keeler served from 1969 to 1979 as a trustee of of the KU Endowment Association and from 1979 to 1987 as a trustee emeritus. He died in August 1987.
Mrs. Keeler, formerly of Clay Center, and Mr. Keeler were married in 1934. She received a nursing degree from Trinity Lutheran College and was active in civic functions in Bartlesville. She was an associate lifetime member of the KU Alumni Association and a member of the Chancellors Club, KU's major-donor association.
Their three sons, as well as three of their grandchildren, are KU graduates.