Spirit of the Gift Biography Project

Histories of the men and women behind WSU's endowed funds

Charles Drummond and Dorothy Grafly Drummond Fund

Charles Drummond, a prominent Philadelphia attorney, and his wife, Dorothy Grafly Drummond, have made significant contributions to Wichita State University. In 1965, they were introduced to Martin H. Bush, at the time WSU's vice president for academic resource development. From this introduction developed an incredible relationship that resulted in Dorothy, daughter of noted American sculptor Charles Grafly, selecting WSU to house her father's studio estate. Charles Grafly is recognized as one of the foremost neoclassical American sculptors of the 20th century.

Mr. and Mrs. Drummond visited the WSU campus once, attending the 1975 opening reception for the Charles Grafly exhibit at the Ulrich Museum. So impressed where they in the campus and museum they would eventually establish funds to support, maintain, and enhance the Grafly sculptures.

Upon their passing, the Charles Drummond estate created the Charles Drummond and Dorothy Grafly Drummond Fund which supports the Ulrich Museum and the maintenance and exhibition of the Grafly sculptural works. This support includes the Grafly Gardens, dedicated in 2003, a beautiful development stemming from the Drummond's generosity.