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Archive for Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wichita State University renames building

July 19, 2012

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— An engineering building at Wichita State University has a new name after the widow of a Cessna executive committed $3 million to the school.

Starting this month, the Engineering Research Building began going by the name Donald L. Beggs Hall. Beggs stepped down as Wichita State's president in June after 13 years.

At the time of the donation, Velma Wallace said naming the building after Beggs was a "testimony to his many contributions."

Her gift will help pay for bonds used to construct the building.

Wallace was the widow of aviation pioneer Dwane Wallace, who is credited with guiding Wichita-based Cessna Aircraft Co. to dominance in the light plane industry. She died July 8. Her husband died in 1989.

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