Kansas Historical Foundation
Board of Directors
Elected to board: 2015
John Salisbury was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1931. He moved with his family to Topeka in 1934.
He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He served two years with the U.S. Army counter-intelligence in Europe.
Salisbury was director of Merchants National Bank and its successors. He served as chair and member of Stormont Vail Health board of directors. He also served as board chair for the Topeka Community Foundation, Mount Hope Cemetery, and Florence Crittenton Services; director of the Topeka and Shawnee County Library Foundation; and board member of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Greater Topeka, Salvation Army, and Brewster Place. He has been a Republican precinct committeeman, delivered Meals on Wheels, and currently volunteers at the Kansas Museum of History.
He married Alicia Laing in 1962. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Salisbury was first elected to the Kansas Historical Foundation Board of Directors in 2015.