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Olive Baker Nease Scholarship

The childhood home of Stephen Nease was located where Wichita State University now stands. A graduate of Fairmount Academy in 1903 with a general studies/field major degree, he worked for Wholesale Electric until the outbreak of World War I when he joined the United States Army. Upon his return, he rejoined the electrical industry with General Electric Company until his retirement. He and his wife, Olive Baker Nease, were married 43 years and although they had no children of their own, created a home for three of their nieces. Mrs. Nease was a member of the Wichita Business and Professional Women’s Chapter.

Mr. Nease passed away in 1956, preceded in death by his wife in 1953. Bequeathing a large portion of his estate to WU, he established the Olive Baker Nease Scholarship in recognition of his wife and the “wonderful associations and dedicated faculty members of Fairmount College.”

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