Fred B. Anschutz, whose family has donated millions of dollars for Kansas University athletics, libraries and scholarships, died Monday in Denver. He was 84.
KU Chancellor Gene Budig said Anschutz cared greatly about about KU's future.
"Fred Anschutz was always there to help," Budig said. "His influence will be a lasting one."
Anschutz, born and raised in Russell, attended KU from 1929-23. He operated an oil and gas drilling company in Kansas and surrounding states for many years. In about 1967, he moved to Denver.
He donated $1.4 million to KU in 1984 for the Anschutz Sports Pavilion, KU's large indoor football and track practice facility next to Allen Fieldhouse.
He received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion for his unique and significant service to KU in 1984.
Two years earlier he established the Anschutz Family Foundation, a Colorado philanthropic organization that aids causes involving "human need."
In 1980, he established a $750,000 scholarship program through the KU Endowment Association for 80 full-time undergraduate students from Kansas.
Four years ago Nancy and Philip Anschutz, the late Mr. Anschutz' son, committed $6.5 million to KU for library acquisitions. The couple's gift established an endowment in honor of Fred and his late wife, Marian.
The $13.9 million Marian and Fred Anschutz Science Library at KU was dedicated in 1989. Fred Anschutz, using a wheelchair, attended that campus ceremony.
Services for Mr. Anschutz were pending this morning. He died at Presbyterian St. Lukes Hospital in Denver. He was born in 1909.
Survivors include two children, Sue Anschutz Rogers and Philip, both of Denver; six grandchildren; and two great-granchildren.
The family suggests memorials to National Stroke Assn., 300 E. Hampden Ave., Suite 240, Denver; and American Lung Association of Colorado, 1600 Race, Denver.