In 1974, Wichita State University became one of only 15 colleges in the nation with a chemistry/business program. Instrumental in founding the program was Dr. Charles M. Buess. Dr. Buess joined the University of Wichita in 1961 after teaching at the universities of Georgia, Kentucky and Southern California. He had many professional affiliations including the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics of the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in Cleveland. He was a consultant to Cyclo Chemical Corp, Skelly Oil Co. and the Veterans' Administration Research Laboratory. He was a visiting senior scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, an abstractor for chemical abstracts and a contributor to Grolier's International Encyclopedia.
In 1980, Dr. Buess was still teaching at WSU when he passed away from a sudden heart attack. To preserve his memory and extend his dedication to helping students, his widow, Anita Durand Buess, established the Charles M. Buess Chemistry/Business Scholarship. Mrs. Buess passed away in 1991.