Kansas Hall of Fame inducts White, others

Posted June 19, 2012

Our most famous Kansas journalist, William Allen White, was inducted into the Kansas Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Friday, June 15, in Topeka.

White was joined in the Hall's Class of 2012 by actor Ed Asner; former Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker; the late Alfred M. Landon, former governor and presidential candidate in 1936; George Washington Carver, botanist and inventor; Cyrus K. Holliday, entrepreneur; and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.

Master of Ceremonies was PBS journalist Jim Lehrer.

The initial class of laureates in 2011 included President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Vice President Charles Curtis, Sen. Bob Dole, Gen. Richard B. Myers, Dan and Frank Carney (founders of Pizza Hut), Amelia Earhart and Marshall Matt Dillon (played by actor James Arness on "Gunsmoke.")