The community of Wichita State University and so many, many others mourn the passing of journalism professor Les Anderson. He died of a heart attack at the age of 62. I didn’t find out until returning to Wichita from vacation. It was a shock for me.
Les had taught journalism at W-S-U since 1977. He also worked for the Wichita Eagle and started two daily newspapers: the Wichita Sun and the Ark Valley News in Valley Center. His death came two weeks after the University’s Elliott School of Communication held a fund-raiser to name an endowment fund in his honor. Hundreds attended a memorial service in his honor this past weekend.
I got to know Les after taking a group of his students on a tour of the business where I worked at the time. We would see each other at various media events. He was a guest on our weekend “Issues” program a few years ago, talking about the news game.
I admired and respected Les Anderson. He will be missed.
Our thought for today is from Carl Jung:
“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”