Photograph: Alumna meeting with student.

Honorary Life Membership

(D indicates Deceased)

  • 2016 — Cynthia Heath and The Honorable Edward Larson
  • 2015 — David J. Rebein
  • 2014 — No award given
  • 2013 — Professor Gregory J. Pease
  • 2012 — Elizabeth A. "Betty" Fischer
  • 2011 — Kathleen Gilligan Sebelius
  • 2010 — John E. Christensen
  • 2009 — Sheila Reynolds
  • 2008 — Nancy G. Maxwell
  • 2007 — William Rich
  • 2006 — Dennis R. Honabach
  • 2005 — Dr. Jerry Farley
  • 2004 — Myrl L. Duncan
  • 2003 — The Hon. Deanell Reece Tacha
  • 2002 — Dean Allen Easley
  • 2001 — Martha M. "Marty" Snyder
  • 2000 — The Hon. Wesley E. Brown
  • 1999 — Bruce Levine
  • 1998 — Louis E. Mosiman
  • 1997 — James M. Concannon
  • 1996 — No award given
  • 1995 — Charles Koch
  • 1994 — Banks McDowell (D)
  • 1993 — The Hon. Mary Briscoe
  • 1992 — Barbara King Wilson
  • 1991 — James M. Concannon
  • 1990 — No award given
  • 1989 — Robert E. Edmonds (D)
  • 1988 — The Hon. Terry Bullock
  • 1987 — Jean B. Reeves (D)
  • 1986 — David S. Dale
  • 1985 — The Hon. James MacNish
  • 1984 — Dr. John L. Green, Jr.
  • 1983 — The Hon. Richard Rogers
  • 1982 — Keith Sebelius
  • 1981 — Carl Monk
  • 1980 — Richard Foth (D)
  • 1979 — The Hon. Frank Theis (D)
  • 1978 — Alfred G. Schroeder (D)
  • 1977 — Spencer Gard (D)
  • 1976 — No award given
  • 1974 — John Fontron (D); Robert Fowls; James Ahrens
  • 1973 — Arthur Stanley
  • 1972 — J. Richards Hunter (D)
  • 1971 — Christine Johnson (D); Robert Price
  • 1970 — John Howe (D); Hugh Wedell (D)
  • 1969 — Gerry Barker (D); John Henderson (D)
  • 1968 — Oscar Stauffer (D)
  • 1967 — Walter Thiele
  • 1966 — Edward Robinson (D)
  • 1965 — David Prager (D)
  • 1964 — William Treadway (D); Dr. Karl Menninger (D)
  • 1963 — Schuyler Jackson; Walter Huxman (D)
2016 Honorary Life Membership Recipient
Photograph: Cynthia Heath

After graduating from Washburn University with a degree in history in 1971, Cynthia Heath taught and coached at Topeka West High School, Topeka, Kansas. She earned a master's degree from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, and a juris doctor from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. After working at a St. Louis law firm, Heath went to work for Emerson Electric, where she serves as vice president for executive compensation. She met her late husband, David Heath, BA '70 and JD '76, at Washburn. They were long-time supporters of Washburn Law, and she has continued this support. Heath has served as a Washburn University Foundation Trustee since 2007 and as a director since 2009. She currently serves as the chair of the Trustees. She also chaired the Washburn Women's Venture Partners from 2008 to 2015. She received the Alumni Association's 2013 Monroe Award and was inducted into the Washburn Hall of Fame in 2013.

2016 Honorary Life Membership Recipient

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, the Honorable Edward Larson graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1960, after which he practiced law and served as a municipal judge in Hays, Kansas. In 1987, he was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals and then tapped for the Kansas Supreme Court in 1995. He retired in 2002. Larson has worked with Washburn Law''s Oil and Gas Law Center for Excellence since its inception. He has taught in the Mineral Title Examination course for many years. He has, and continues, to mentor Washburn Law graduates and has served in many capacities with Washburn Law faculty on numerous professional board and committees.