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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.  He attended public school in Arkansas City and Topeka and graduated from Culver Military Academy. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.  While at KU, he served as managing editor of the University Daily Kansan, and was president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta.

Following college, he served in Korea with the 27th Infantry, 25th Division.  He was discharged from active duty as a first lieutenant.

Stauffer began his career with Stauffer publications, Inc. as a copy boy at the Topeka State Journal, and worked as a reporter for the paper after college in1949. 

He served as president, chairman and director for Stauffer Communications from 1955 until his retirement in 1995.  He continues to serve on the editorial board of the Topeka Capital-Journal.  From 1972 to 1986, he was general manager, publisher and editor of the Topeka Capital-Journal.  He was editor and general manager of the Kansas City Kansan for 15 years and prior to that was editor of the Newton Kansan.

Stauffer has served in numerous capacities in professional and community organizations in Newton, Kansas City and Topeka.  He is a past director of the Kansas Press Association, and the Kansas Press Foundation, and a past chair and/or member of numerous press and journalism associations, including Inland Press Association, American Society of Newspaper Editors, American Newspaper Publishers Association, the Kansas/Missouri Press, and the William Allen White Foundation and School of Journalism.  He is past director of the Capper Foundation, past president of Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, past director of Downtown Topeka, and the Kansas City, Kansas Chamber of Commerce.  He has chaired and/or served on the boards of hospital associations and health organizations, children's schools and hospitals, financial institutions and various charities.  He is the past president of the KU Alumni Association, and a trustee of the KU Endowment Association, the Hall Center for the Humanities at KU, and the Washburn University Foundation.

In 2011, he was inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame, and received the Shriner of the year award.  He is a recipient of Washburn University's President's award, the Topeka Community Foundation's Philanthropist of the Year award, the Fred Ellsworth Award and Kappa Tau Alpha Outstanding Publisher award for the University of Kansas, Boy Scout Jayhawk Council Distinguished Citizen award, and has been recognized by several other organizations for his journalistic and philanthropic contributions.

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

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