W. Walter Menninger
Kansas Historical Foundation
Board of Directors
Elected 1999 and 2015
William Walter Menninger lives in Topeka. He was born to William C. and Catherine (Wright) Menninger in Topeka. His father was a physician and psychiatrist in practice with his uncle and grandfather, Karl and C. F Menninger, at the Menninger Clinic.
Menninger received a degree from Stanford University in 1953, where he was a member of Alpha Phi Omega and wrote for the Stanford Journal. He married Constance A. Libbey. They had six children. He earned a medical degree from Cornell University Medical College.
Early in his career he was associated with Topeka State Hospital. In 1993 he became chairman of the Menninger Foundation. He retired in 2001 and became chairman of the Menninger Trustees. He has received honorary doctorates from Dominican University, Middlebury College, Washburn University, Ottawa University, and Heidelberg College. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Psychiatric Association.
Menninger was first elected to the Kansas Historical Foundation Board of Directors in 1999. He was elected again in 2015.