Kansas State University is getting a $5 million gift from a retired U.S. Air Force colonel who attended and worked for the university, and died in 2012, according to a written statement by the university’s news office.
Manhattan resident Wayne McIntosh’s gift will go to construction of the university welcome center and multicultural initiatives, the statement said.
McIntosh, from Ramona, Kan., earned a bachelor's degree in general sciences from the university in 1938 and a master's in education in 1939, the university statement said. He served in World War II and flew over Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944. He retired from the Air Force after 30 years, as a colonel. According to the K-State statement, relatives said McIntosh’s fondest memory was taking part in the experiment in which test pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947.
McIntosh worked for Kansas State’s Division of Continuing Education after his Air Force retirement, the university statement said.