Archive for Friday, April 26, 1996


April 26, 1996


Pittsburg attorney Paul Wilbert gets downright giddy when he contemplates this weekend's reunion of the Kansas University class of 1936.

"I'm absolutely enthused about it. Can't wait," he said.

The old Jayhawk will join hundreds of KU alumni in Lawrence today and Saturday for Alumni Weekend.

These are heady days for members of the classes of 1936, 1946 and 1956 -- all are conducting reunions on the Hill.

"People who make the 60th are survivors," Wilbert said. "I'm a survivor."

Alums who graduated 50 years ago will be inducted into the Gold Medal Club at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Kansas Union. Each becomes a life member of the club.

The youngsters -- class of '56 -- will reminisce with schoolmates at a luncheon noon Saturday in Adams Alumni Center.

Memorial Campanile, which recognizes the sacrifice of men and women during World War II, will be rededicated at 2 p.m. today. The campus landmark's 53 bells will toll following a three-year restoration.

Alumni will gather 6:30 p.m. today for the annual All-University Supper in the Kansas Union. The event includes the state of the university address by KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway.

A Distinguished Service Citation, the highest award given by the university and KU Alumni Association, will be presented to three KU alumni at the supper.

Citation winners are: U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Deanell Tacha of Lawrence, businessman Frank Becker of Lawrence and Dr. George Burket Jr. of Kingman, a retired KU medical school professor.

Faculty awards for distinguished teaching also will be announced at the supper.

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