Mr. Edwin A. Ulrich loved having his name on the art museum at Wichita State University. Although his home was in Hyde Park, N.Y., he made regular trips to Wichita to see exhibitions and participate in events at the Ulrich Museum, which was named in his honor in 1974.
Ulrich built a successful business career as president of the Dutchess Oil Company of Hyde Park, New York. Among his passions outside the office were performing music and collecting the art of Frederick J. Waugh. In the early 1960s, Ulrich opened a museum dedicated to not only Frederick J. Waugh—but also his parents Samuel and Ida, and son Coulton Waugh—at his home in Hyde Park.
Mr. Ulrich was a Fairmount Society Life Member, a member of the President’s Club and the Society of 1895. In 1988, Mr. Ulrich received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from WSU. Over the course of many years, he donated more than 350 oil paintings, watercolors and drawings to the university; that’s in addition to his financial donations to WSU that totaled nearly $4 million.
When Mr. Ulrich was appointed a charter member of Wichita State’s senior board of governors after donating an outright $1.5 million to WSU, he said, “While I am not an alumnus of WSU, I feel a part of the activities of this university. I hope my gift can, in some measure, continue to promote the quality and excellence that I know… is paramount for the success of this fine institution.”
Mr. Ulrich died at his home in Hyde Park at age 97.