KU School of Business graduate and longtime Dean’s Advisory Board member Anderson Chandler passed away Tuesday, Oct. 29. He was 93 years old.
Chandler was the chairman emeritus and former CEO, president and director of Fidelity State Bank and Trust Co. of Topeka. He graduated from the KU School of Business in 1948 as a Summerfield Scholar, and he was among the first recipients of the KU School of Business Distinguished Alumni Award.
A generous supporter of the university and the school, he established the Anderson W. Chandler Teaching Professorship in Business to recognize and encourage excellence in classroom teaching. Christopher W. Anderson, associate dean for undergraduate programs and professor in finance and international business, currently holds this professorship.
Anderson shared the following in memory of Chandler:
“It has been my distinct honor to hold the Anderson W. Chandler Professorship at the KU School of Business. The professorship is a double-honor for me. First, it was previously held by my friend and mentor Mark Hirschey, who passed away in 2010. Second, like my good friend Mark, I am honored to be associated with Anderson Chandler. Accomplished in his business career, he has left behind an inspirational legacy of service to his country and community — including KU where he endowed the Chandler Professorship and Chandler Lecture Series.”
Since Chandler established the School of Business lecture series in 1997, it has hosted top business leaders and policymakers. Most recently, the Anderson W. Chandler Lecture Series featured Kansas Secretary of Commerce David Toland. Previous Chandler lecture speakers included president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Rob Kaplan, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former president and CEO of Ford Motor Co. Alan Mulally, and former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.
In addition to his service to the School of Business, Chandler had served as chairman of the KU Greater University Fund, the KU Memorial Corporation and the KU Endowment Association Audit Committee. He also was a member of the Chancellor’s Club. In 1997, Chandler received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion, the highest award for service to the university by an alumnus, and he was awarded the Distinguished Service Citation from the KU Alumni Association in 2010.
“Mr. Chandler lived a life of service, and we are grateful for his many contributions to the School and the University,” said Paige Fields, School of Business Dean and H.D. Price Professor of Business. “He will be greatly missed.”
Information about services for Chandler can be found at this link.