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KU alumnus leaves $2.5 million estate gift for scholarships

October 9, 2009
At its 118th annual meeting on Friday, Oct. 9, the KU Endowment Board of Trustees elected seven new trustees.

Jill S. Docking, of Wichita, graduated from KU in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in history and in 1984 with an MBA. She is the chair of the Kansas Board of Regents and is an Investment Advisor in Wichita.

Gregory M. Graves, of Stilwell, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1980 and an MBA from Rockhurst University in 1986. He is chairman of the board and CEO of Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City, Mo.

David L. Murfin, of Wichita, graduated from KU in 1975 with bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and business. He is president of Murfin Drilling Company and chairman and CEO of Murfin Inc. Both companies are based in Wichita with diverse business operations.

Ramón Murguía, of Kansas City, Kan., graduated from KU in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting. He earned a juris doctorate from Harvard University in 1984. He is a private practice attorney in Kansas City, Mo., focusing primarily on counseling small- and medium-sized businesses and advising clients on estate administration.

Warren J. Newcomer Jr., of Topeka, graduated from KU in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is president of Newcomer Funeral Service Group in Topeka.

William B. Taylor, of Overland Park, graduated from KU in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration, and in 1969 with a master’s degree in accounting. He is retired from Ernst & Young, where he worked with domestic and international clients, primarily in the financial services industry.

Gregs G. Thomopulos, of Iowa City, Iowa, graduated from KU in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He earned a master’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1996. He is president and CEO of Stanley Consultants in Muscatine, Iowa.

The gift will be managed by KU Endowment, the official fundraising and fund-management foundation for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.
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