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John Stauffer

John StaufferKansas Historical Foundation
Board of Directors
Elected to board: 2014

John H. Stauffer was born in Arkansas City to Oscar S. and Ethel (Stone) Stauffer.  He  graduated from Culver Military Academy. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, where he was managing editor of the University Daily Kansan.

He served in the army with the 27th Infantry, 25th Division, during the Korean Conflict. He was discharged from active duty as a first lieutenant.

He was editor of the Newton Kansan from 1954 to 1957; editor and general manager of the Kansas City Kansan from 1957 until 1972, and general manager, publisher, and editor of the Topeka Capital-Journal from 1972 to 1986. He served as president, chairman, and director of Stauffer Communications. He retired in 1995 and continues to serve on the Topeka Capital-Journal editorial board.

Stauffer has been involved with in numerous associations and community organizations. He was director of the Kansas Press Association. Kansas Press Foundation, Capper Foundation, Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Topeka, Kansas City, Kansas, Chamber of Commerce, and KU Alumni Association; and trustee of the KU Endowment Association, Hall Center for the Humanities, and the Washburn University Foundation.

He has received numerous awards including Washburn University’s President’s Award, the Topeka Community Foundation’s Philanthropist of the Year, the Fred Ellsworth Award, and KU's Kappa Tau Alpha Outstanding Publisher, and Jayhawk Area Council Distinguished Citizen. He was inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame and named the Shriner of the Year in 2011.

Stauffer was first elected to the Kansas Historical Foundation Board of Directors in 2014.

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