HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University's Alumni Association will honor 12 alumni and friends this year at Homecoming.
Four Alumni Achievement, three Young Alumni, two Distinguished Service and two Nita M. Landrum awards will be presented at the Alumni and Endowment Awards Reception and Banquet beginning at 6 p.m. in the Sunset Lounge of Memorial Union on the FHSU campus. The banquet begins at 7 p.m. in the Fort Hays Ballroom of the union.
This year's Alumni Achievement Award recipients are Dr. Leona Gallion, Dr. Billy Jellison, Dr. Ramon Powers and Gregg Schwarz.
The three recipients of the Young Alumni Award are Mordecai Boone, Dr. Kirk Johnson and Dr. Diane Pfeifer. Recipients of this year's Distinguished Service Award are Earl and Winona Field and Dr. Maurice Witten. The Nita M. Landrum Award goes to Lois Lee Myerly and Richard Roemer.
The Alumni Achievement Award, established in 1959, recognizes graduates who have made outstanding, unselfish contributions in service to community, state or nation, both as citizens in their chosen careers and through philanthropy.
The Young Alumni Award, established in 1977, recognizes 10th- through 15th-year graduates for professional and educational achievement, community activities, honors and awards or other accomplishments since graduation.
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes friends of the university who have demonstrated a continuing concern for humanity on a universal, national, state or community level. These are individuals who support spiritual, cultural and educational objectives and who endorse and exemplify the highest standards of character.
The Nita M. Landrum Award for volunteer service recognizes those who work for the betterment of the Alumni Association or Fort Hays State University.
The award winners:
Dr. Leona Gallion
Leona Gallion worked her way through FHSU, earning a bachelor of science in business administration in 1957. She earned a master's degree in business education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1960. From 1960 until 1968 she was an instructor and then assistant professor of economics and business at Fort Hays State. In 1968 her career at FHSU ended at the same time she finished work on her Ed.D. in business education at Northern Colorado. She then embarked on a career at Indiana State University that has taken her from an associate professor of business to dean of the School of Business, a position she has occupied since 1998.
"I am overwhelmed that I have been selected," said Gallion. "Fort Hays State has always been special to me. It is very fulfilling to receive such a prestigious award." A colleague at Indiana, Dr. Sandra Nelson, said, "As department chair she was fair, had creative ideas to advance the department, and was firm while using diplomacy laced with kindness." Nelson notes Gallion's attention to detail, fiscal responsibility and expertise. The department was able to obtain more teaching support materials and equipment than other departments with the same budget. "While the department faculty wished Dr. Gallion well when she was appointed associate dean, we did not want to lose her," Nelson said. "However, she took all her excellent leadership qualities to the position of associate dean and these qualities benefited the entire school."
Dr. C. Bruce Kavan has known Gallion for 28 years. Through the years he has observed her contributions to her profession through research and publication, by assuming leadership roles in national and state organizations and by taking leadership roles at Indiana State University that resulted in her appointment as dean of the School of Business. "She is creative, efficient and effective in whatever role she assumes," Kavan said. Four of the 11 books Gallion has co-written have been with Kavan. She also has long listings of articles, funded research projects, presentations, programs, consulting projects and memberships and leadership positions in professional organizations.
Gallion said that her life has had two major contributions. The first was her profession: "My overriding commitment is to provide students excellent educational opportunities." The second was to the community during a 10-year period in which she worked with the administration and children at Glenn Home, a children's home in Terre Haute, IN. She began as a tutor, but progressed into organization, leadership and fund-raising. Gallion has received numerous awards and holds membership in such professional organizations as the National and Indiana Business Education Associations, Indiana Vocational Association and the Office Systems Research Association.
Dr. Billy Jellison
When people talk about Billy Jellison, almost all of them talk about "Bill," and how he changed their lives, set an example for hard work, integrity, good cheer, commitment, decency, honor and understanding.
"Without Dean Jellison's compassion and understanding, I would have not graduated from Fort Hays State," said Michael Florian Jilg, who earned degrees from FHSU in 1969 and '70. Jilg, a professor of art at FHSU, was writing to support Jellison's nomination for an Alumni Achievement Award. "Bill Jellison has always been known for his high character, impeccable work ethic and devotion to his university, Fort Hays State," writes Dr. Herb Songer, FHSU's vice president for Student Affairs. Songer earned degrees from FHSU in 1966 and '69. "Bill lives his life as an exemplar to his former students," wrote Kenneth Havner, a 1968 graduate of FHSU who is a Hays attorney and former member of the Kansas Board of Regents. "He led by example," said Havner.
Dr. Dorothy Knoll, dean of Student Services at the University of Kansas Medical Center, said, "Fort Hays State University was, and is, Bill's life. It was not something he did to earn a living." Knoll earned FHSU degrees in 1968 and '76.
Jellison earned his first degree from FHSU in 1951, when he received a bachelor of science in botany. He earned a master of science degree in education in 1952. In 1965 he earned an Ed.D. from the University of Colorado. He began his 28-year career at FHSU in 1960, serving as dean of men until 1966, when he became dean of students. In 1977 he became vice president of Student Affairs. He retired in 1988.
"I am thrilled to death," said Jellison of being named an Alumni Achievement Award winner. "Fort Hays means so much to me. I have received lots and lots of awards through the years, but this is the most important."
His civic service includes six years on the Hays City commission, which includes two terms as mayor. He also was a candidate for the U.S. House; a member of the Kansas State Supreme Court Nomination Committee; chairman of the Ellis County United Fund; membership in the Hays Lions Club, which includes a term as president; membership on the board of directors for Hadley Regional Medical Center; membership on the Regional Health Facilities Planning Council; membership on the Hays Airport Committee; membership on the District Council and Executive Committee of the Coronado Council of the Boy Scouts of America; and co-founder of the Hays Arts Council.
His numerous awards and honors include one of the first Pillar of the Profession Awards given by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Jellison and his wife, Margaret, have two children, Katherine Jellison, who graduated from FHSU with two degrees in 1982, and Sandra Jellison-Knock, who graduated from FHSU in 1985.
Dr. Ramon Powers
Ramon Powers, executive director of the Kansas State Historical Society, has translated his career in history into a tangible benefit for Kansans and the State of Kansas. "As executive director," wrote U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-First District, "he has given me and all Kansans a wonderful gift -- a place to understand and appreciate our heritage.
"The Historical Society is a place that promotes the rich and diverse history of Kansas," Moran continued, "and because of Dr. Powers' hard work and vision, it has increased both in size and stature."
Powers, a graduate of FHSU, received a bachelor of arts in history in 1961 and, in 1963, a master of arts in history. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1971. "The award is an incredible pleasure to be acknowledged by the institution that played such a role in my development. I believe that the professors I had were among the best I have had throughout my academic career, and I believe Fort Hays provided a challenging environment for me and my colleagues," Powers said.
After earning his master's from FHSU, he was an instructor in the Western Civilization Program of KU from 1963-1965. From 1965 to 1966 he was the senior instructor in the program and from 1966 to 1967 he was the assistant director. He was an assistant professor of history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 1967 to 1971 and an instructor of history at Haskell Indian Junior College from 1971 to 1973. He then left academia to become a research assistant for the Kansas Legislative Research Department of the Kansas Legislature. In 1977 he became a research analyst and principal analyst in 1978.
In 1988 he became assistant executive director of the historical society and, later that same year, executive director.
U.S. Judge Richard D. Rogers wrote, "Our society is now recognized as one of the finest historical societies in the United States. Ramon has been a fine administrator, and much of the reputation of the Kansas State Historical Society must be credited to his efforts."
He is a member of numerous professional and civic organizations, including the Kansas History Teachers Association, which he led as president in 1992; the State Historical Records Advisory Board; the Kansas Historical Sites Board of Review; the Kansas Council on Tourism; the Kansas Antiquities Commission, which included a term as chairman; and the Santa Fe National Historic Trail Advisory Council, which he chaired from 1995-1999.
In 1996 he won both the Governor's Tourism Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the FHSU History Department and the Hays Rotary Club. Powers and his wife, Eva, have two daughters, Elisabeth and Christina, and four grandchildren, Alex Huang and Miles Powers Huang, and Ashley and Katie Kerns.
Since leaving FHSU in 1970 with a bachelor of arts in political science, Gregg Schwarz has dealt with general criminal activity, counter espionage, bank robbery, medical fraud, narcotics crime, interstate theft and background checks on high-ranking politicians.
As a supervisory special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he is in charge of all background investigations covered by the FBI. He manages a team of more than a hundred analysts who review investigations conducted by about 700 retired special agents.
Dr. Gary Hulett, an FHSU alumni from 1958 and '59 and a retired professor of biology at FHSU, wrote of Schwarz, "Gregg's career with the FBI has been exemplary. He has been involved in investigations at the highest national level and has been cited for his consistently high quality and thorough performance. His exceptional skills have made him an outstanding liaison with Congress and the White House. In addition, he has been a front-line crime fighter in the Detroit area."
In nominating Schwarz for an Alumni Achievement Award, Hulett said, "Gregg has made tremendous contributions to our country with his commitment to duty and meritorious performance. He is a credit to the university and has brought recognition and honor to FHSU."
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kansas, wrote in 1994 of Schwarz's work with the Special Inquiry and General Background Investigations Unit: "Gregg has performed this duty in an exemplary fashion and has a widespread reputation for fairness. As a result, he was recently selected to perform the same function for the White House, in addition to his current duties."
"Obviously, the award means a great deal," said Schwarz. "This award represents the recognition of a first-rate institution. It is not just a small school located in western Kansas. "Over the past 30 years Fort Hays has become an educational institution able to compete with any of the major universities."
In his spare time, he is a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America, serving for two years as chairman of program for the Boy Scouts of America in Northern Virginia. He is himself an Eagle Scout, attaining that rank and receiving the Scouts, God and Country Award in 1962. The list of awards and recognitions he has received from the Boy Scouts of America is long and impressive and includes the Silver Beaver Award from the National Boy Scouts of America.
During his career with the FBI, he has received awards, commendation letter or promotions every year since 1980. Letters cite his exemplary performance in national security operations, surveillance operations and high-profile background investigations of people such as former CIA Director John Deutch, Secretary of Defense William Cohen and former Secretary of the Treasury and ex-U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentson.
Schwarz and his late wife, Jane, have three teenaged children, Collin, Michelle and Melanie.
Mordecai Boone graduated cum laude from FHSU in 1990 with a bachelor of arts in political science and was the Torch Award recipient. He went on to earn his juris doctor from Washburn University's School of Law in 1993, graduating third out of 150 students.
He is an attorney representing multinational corporations in domestic product liability litigation in California. He works in the San Francisco offices of Shook, Hardy and Bacon L.L.P., an international firm with more than 400 attorneys based in Kansas City, MO. Boone was a founding member of the firm's San Francisco office.
Boone, asked about his feelings on having been selected for the award, said, "Fort Hays gave me the tools I need to succeed personally and professionally. It is really nice to have the opportunity to come back to Fort Hays and receive this award and see where the university is going."
In a letter he wrote in response to the nomination, Boone said, "I was born and raised in Sharon Springs, Kansas. My grandmother graduated from Fort Hays State Normal School in the early 1900s and my mother, sister and three of my brothers all graduated from FHSU. I am extremely proud of my western Kansas heritage."
After leaving Washburn, Boone entered the U.S. Navy, going to the U.S. Naval Justice School in Newport, RI. He graduated with honors and was certified as a naval judge advocate in 1993. Navy Lt. Boone of the Judge Advocate General's Corps was stationed in San Diego, CA, from 1993 to 1997. He served as a defense counselor until 1996, when he became a prosecutor. He joined Shook, Hardy and Bacon in 1997 in the firm's Kansas City office, working in national product liability litigation. He moved to San Francisco in 1998. He is a licensed attorney in California, Missouri and Kansas and is a member of the San Francisco and the Kansas City Metropolitan bar associations. He is also a member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of San Francisco.
"I have no hesitation recommending Mordecai for this award," said a colleague, Matthew Beltramo, in a letter supporting Boone's nomination. "You will have a hard time finding a more deserving candidate or a graduate of whom you can be more proud." Beltramo also praised Boone's professional and personal qualities: "Mordecai has always impressed me with his sense of truth and fairness, qualities that no doubt were essential in his previous employment in the Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps."
"Perhaps as a result of his experience in the JAG," Beltramo continued, "Mordecai has confidence in his abilities as an advocate but nevertheless expresses himself modestly and politely."
Boone is engaged to be married to Stephanie A. Schrandt.
Dr. Kirk Johnson
Kirk Johnson graduated from high school in the mountains of western India and began his career at FHSU in agriculture, intending to return to India to carry on the family work of rural development.
But he never really "felt at home" in agriculture, so he took a year off to live and work in the Middle East and travel through Europe and Asia. When he returned to Hays in 1988 he discovered sociology and decided to make it his major. "I had no idea what I was getting into, but I knew that this was something that interested me and I was filled with a sense of wonderment and curiosity. For the first time in years I felt there might be a purpose to education," he said in a letter to Rose Arnhold, chair of FHSU's Department of Sociology and Social Work. She also holds degrees from FHSU, one in 1963 and another in 1969.
Arnhold, who nominated him for a Young Alumni Award, said, "He is a very reflective young man who believes in giving back to the community the talent he has been given."
Johnson received his bachelor of arts in sociology from FHSU in 1990. After leaving FHSU, he earned a master of arts in both sociology and international affairs from Ohio University, where he was a four-year member of the International Student Union. He then went on to earn a doctorate in sociology in 1998 from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
At Ohio, he was honored for outstanding teaching and academic achievement and was inducted into Phi Beta Delta, the international scholar society. At McGill he earned distinction in area exams, earned a graduate faculty research grant and won internal and external dissertation honors. He has taught sociology for Ohio University, McGill University and the University of Wisconsin. He is now an assistant professor of sociology and coordinator of the Sociology Program at the University of Guam, Mangilao, Guam. The University of Guam, he says, is the only institution of higher learning that serves the entire western Pacific and parts of Asia.
"This island paradise and the region of the western Pacific are a gold mine for any sociologist," he said in his letter to Arnhold. "There has been so little research done here that everything and anything one can think of is a valuable research project. Guam and the region of Micronesia lies betwixt East and West and therefore my research on social change and globalization with its international context helps to understand this region's unique and varied cultural traditions and the rapid change and modernization that is taking place."
He is a member of the American Sociological Association and the Indian Sociological Association. He is also a member of the Recycling Association of Guam.
Johnson met his wife, Sarah, while at FHSU. He proposed to her on the steps of Memorial Union.
Dr. Diane Pfeifer
One of Diane Pfeifer's career goals has always been to become a dean of students. She realized that goal in 1996, only six years after earning her master of science in counseling from FHSU in 1990, which was two years after she received her bachelor of arts in sociology from FHSU in 1988. This summer she returned to Fort Hays State as interim assistant vice president for student affairs and registrar.
She received her doctorate in college student personnel administration in 1995 from the University of Northern Colorado. During her doctoral studies, she earned the Graduate Dean's Citation for Excellence. Pfeifer said that, to her, the Young Alumni Award "means a number of things, but two things basically." First," she said, "it is an honor. It is an honor to be nominated by a mentor of mine, someone who means a lot to me, Dr. Herb Songer. He really helped me. Second, I am very proud of my alma mater. I take it with honor and appreciate the recognition.
"I owe a lot to the dedicated and caring faculty and staff at FHSU for where I am today," she said. "My experiences both in and outside the classroom have provided me with skills in critical thinking, decision-making, leadership, management and communication, to name a few."
Pfeifer was an admissions counselor at FHSU from 1989 through 1991 and assistant director of Admissions from 1991-92. After two years as a graduate assistant in the Offices of the Registrar and Career Services at Northern Colorado, she became, in 1995, the director of Financial Aid at Tennessee Wesleyan College. In 1996 she was named dean of students at Tennessee Wesleyan. In November 1999, she was named dean of Student Affairs at Truman State University, Kirksville, MO.
"I would predict that Diane will someday be a college/university president," said Songer, vice president for Student Affairs at FHSU, in his nomination of Pfeifer for the award. "She has shown accelerated advancement 'up the ladder' in her career field." "Dr. Pfeifer's character and integrity are her signature," said Dr. B. James Dawson, president of Tennessee Wesleyan College. Pfeifer also worked for him when he was vice president for Student Affairs at FHSU.
Dr. Pfeifer is not only a person who has the talent and energy to be a successful leader, she has the character necessary to provide a model for others," said Dawson. At Truman State, she is also a member of the Kirksville Kiwanis Club and the Kirksville Leadership Institute, and she is also a member of the John R. Kirk Society and P.E.O. Chapter AV. Pfeifer has been very active in community leadership and professional organizations and is a leader in mentoring programs and Habitat for Humanity.
Earl and Winona Field
"Earl and Winona Field deserve the Distinguished Service Award as a couple," said FHSU President Edward H. Hammond in support of their nomination, "since all their accomplishments were the result of their being a solid team.
"Earl built a successful business with Nonie's support," said Hammond, noting that they both contributed much to the Hays community by remaining involved in civic and university activities.
Field was the owner and operator of Field Abstract and Title Co., Hays, from 1946 until his retirement in 1979. During his career he was also chairman of the board for Heritage Savings Association and Heritage Financial Corp., Hays, and was president and chairman of the board for Farmers State Bank, Offerle.
He is a past president of the Kansas Land Title Association and the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce. In 1979 he was named the Man of the Year by the Hays Area Chamber for his benevolent activities in the community. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Hadley Regional Medical Center and is a long-time member of the Rotary Club.
Winona provided support in all the family businesses and activities. "We take it as a 'thank you,' " the Fields said. "We moved here because of the university and we have taken part in all of the events ever since, including all the athletics and music."
Earl Field graduated from Offerle Rural High School in 1933 and received a bachelor of arts in economics and business administration from FHSU in 1937. At FHSU he was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity and Tau Kappa Epsilon and was on the honor roll. He is a past president of the FHSU Alumni Association.
The Fields are in the Tiger Sports Hall of Fame and the Athletic Department strength and weight room is named for them. During World War II, he was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps, flying in field artillery liaison planes. He served in Africa, Sicily and Italy and was awarded the Air Medal. He left the military in 1946 with the rank of captain. Winona (Brecheisen) Field graduated from Offerle High School in 1934.
She attended FHSU for a year before she married Earl.
Dr. Maurice Witten
Maurice Witten, FHSU professor emeritus of physics, has been an airplane and engine mechanic instructor in the U.S. Air Force, a computer customer engineer for IBM and a teacher. Thirty-eight years of that career were at FHSU, from instructor to full professor, and 20 of those years were as chair of the Department of Physics.
"I am surprised that I would be selected, but it is a great honor," Witten said. "Fort Hays has been my life." "Dr. Witten's primary interest is in the education of precollege physics and physical science teachers," said Dr. Larry M. Nicholson, professor of chemistry, in a letter nominating Witten for the award.
Nicholson presented a long list of Witten's endeavors to further the education of young people in sciences: membership on the board of directors of the Kansas Association of Teachers of Science, including terms as president and newsletter editor; many Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Grants to improve and enhance the skills of K-12 teachers in mathematics and the physical and biological sciences; participation in the National Science Foundation Operation Primary Physical Science Program; and numerous summer workshops for teachers.
"He is one of the first to nominate others for awards and recognition," said his son Barry Witten, who earned degrees from FHSU in 1981 and '88, "but the last to blow his own horn. His quiet style of leadership and dedication to education on local, state, and national levels have served the university and Hays community well for nearly four decades."
Witten graduated from Emporia State University in 1956 with a bachelor's degree in both physics and math. He worked for IBM in 1956 and 1957 and earned a master of science in physics from the University of Nebraska in 1960. During his three years in Nebraska he was also a graduate teaching assistant.
He first came to FHSU as an instructor of physics in 1960. Promotions followed: assistant professor in 1963, associate professor in 1966 and in 1969 came the promotion to professor and the chair of the Department of Physics, which he held until 1989, when he returned to teaching.
He established the Joye Witten Hays High/Felten Middle School Scholarship Program at FHSU, named for his wife, a middle school science teacher who died in 1992. He funded the acquisition of the Foucault Pendulum that graces the lobby of Tomanek Hall and this summer he dedicated busts of Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton for the lobby of Tomanek.
He is a major in the Civil Air Patrol and is on the Hays City Aviation Advisory Committee. He is a senior pilot for CAP search and rescue and sponsors FAA aviation safety seminars.
He and his late wife, Joye, had three children, Barry, Brenda Linin, who graduated from FHSU in 1982, and Carmen, a 1996 graduate of FHSU.
Lois Lee Myerly
Lois Lee Myerly, who earned degrees from FHSU in 1946 and '66, retired from FHSU in 1988 but never really quit working for the university. "Through the years Lois Lee was very active as a volunteer in the Alumni and Endowment Associations, and also in campus and community organizations," said Ron Pflughoft, a 1970 FHSU graduate and retired director of the Alumni Association, in nominating Myerly for the Nita M. Landrum Award.
She has served in several volunteer positions for the Alumni Association and the Endowment Association, of which she has been elected to the executive committee and is currently on the Endowment Board of Trustees. Her service to the Alumni Association has included serving on the board of directors; coordinating the Travelin' Tigers, a series of tours abroad sponsored by the Alumni Association; the Half-Century Club; and any other duties asked of her.
"Being chosen for this award means a great deal to me," said Myerly. "It's an honor to be considered a worthy recipient, something I never thought of when volunteering on campus. I simply enjoyed the work I did." In 1946 she earned her bachelor of science in business. After that she taught in high schools in WaKeeney and Great Bend before spending three years as supervisor of new business with Business Men's Assurance Co., Kansas City, MO.
Then she went to Hays High School as a business teacher in 1961, teaching there until 1966, when she received her master of science degree in business education and began work as an instructor of economics and finance at FHSU. In 1970, university President John Gustad took her out of the classroom to make her assistant to the president. From that position, she eventually took on roles as the university's affirmative action officer and chair of the affirmative action program, a position on the athletic board and the Title IX committee and the campus committee for the handicapped.
She was also, for most of that time, an assistant professor of business and was one of the eight members of President Gerald Tomanek's cabinet when Tomanek, an FHSU graduate in 1942 and '47, replaced the retiring Gustad.
In the community, her service included many roles for the Presbyterian Church. She has been one of the church's ruling elders, a member of the pastoral search committee, chair of the Christian education committee and has sung in the church choir.
Myerly has been a member of the Tiger Club, the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, chair of the United Fund Board and is a member of the Historical Society and former PEO Chapter president.
Her professional associations and activities were as a member of the Kansas Business Education Association, the Mountain Plains Business Education Association and the National Association of Business Teacher Education.
Richard Roemer calls himself a "semi-retired farmer/rancher," but he is not retiring at all when it comes to his love of and support for FHSU. "Fort Hays State has the best facilities and campus of any small university in the U.S.A.," said Roemer. "It is located in an area of western Kansas that all western Kansas students can attend."
"I have known Rich for 30 years and he exemplifies the ideals of courage, compassion, integrity, participation and service above self," said Darrell G. Seibel, a 1955 graduate of FHSU, in a letter supporting Roemer's nomination.
"Richard Roemer," said friend and neighbor Larry J. Lundgren, "is a man with a big heart, generous spirit and is always concerned about his fellow man. He has always been concerned and involved in his community desiring to make it a better place for everyone."
Roemer joined the U.S. Army Reserve Corps, and in 1943 he was called to active duty. He was sent overseas as a combat replacement and joined the Third Armored Division as a radio operator and tank driver. He was in combat during the Battle of the Bulge and the Rhineland campaign.
By the time his division reached Cologne, Germany, Roemer was a tank commander. At Cologne, he was wounded, for which he received the Purple Heart. After his discharge from the army, he graduated in 1948 from FHSU with a bachelor of science in agriculture.
Since graduation he has spent more than 20 years as a trustee, member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Scholarship Committee of the Endowment Association.
He is an active member of the Half-Century Club as well as a former president of that organization, and is an avid supporter of the athletic program.
In his community, he as been a member of the Lions Club and has served on that organization as board member and president, is currently chair of the Red Cross of Gove County, a life member of the American Legion, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and is also chair of his church board.
He was twice chairman of the Gove County Board of Commissioners and served the Kansas Farm Bureau as county president and on various state committees.
He was county chairman and on state committees for the Kansas Livestock Association and was president of the Gove County Cooperative board
He has been recognized for service by those organizations and others, having received Leader of the Year award, Service Award from Kansas Farm Bureau, Gove County Soil Conservation Soil and Water Award, County Bankers Award and an award for commercial cow herd.
Roemer and his wife, Florence, who graduated from FHSU in 1948, have three children, Janet Schmidt, a 1972 FHSU graduate, Douglas Roemer and Tima Burris, a 1974 FHSU graduate.