Spirit of the Gift Biography Project

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

Evelyn Spines Dick Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Mrs. Dick's brother, Jack Spines Jr., and her husband, Reverend Harold G. Dick.

Jack Spines received a business degree from the University of Kansas in 1939 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he became president of Spines Clothing Co. Mr. Spines then pursued his passion for the oil industry and founded Brunson-Spines Production Co. Mr. Spines held top leadership positions and was a generous benefactor of many Wichita civic organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts, Downtown Rotary, Wichita Country Club, Red Cross and Rainbows United.

Harold Dick received an engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1928, subsequently serving on the faculty. He then joined Goodyear where he worked as engineering liaison to the German airship company making 22 transatlantic crossings on the Hindenburg and Graf Zeppelin. In 1945 he moved to Wichita, ultimately purchasing Ponca Canvas Products. Mr. Dick held top leadership positions in many community and industry activities including the school board, town council, Boy Scouts, and Canvas Products Association International. Following his retirement, Mr. Dick was ordained an Episcopal Deacon.