Kansas State lost one of its oldest and most influential philanthropists when Donna Vanier died over the weekend.
She was 85.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the all-time great K-Staters in Donna Vanier,” K-State athletic director Gene Taylor said in a statement. “Words cannot begin to explain the impact the Vanier family has had on the entire Kansas State community, and Donna’s caring personality and love for the Wildcats will forever be remembered.”
The Vanier family has donated much to K-State over the years, in particular its athletic department. The Vanier name can be found at many areas inside Bill Snyder Family Stadium, and the Wildcats train and operate out of the Vanier Family Football Complex located on the stadium’s north end.
Born in Salina, Vanier spent most of her adult life with her husband Jack on the CK Ranch outside of Brookville.
She spearheaded many campaigns during her life. At K-State, she had a role on the KSU Foundation Borad of Directors, the Ahearn Scholarship Board, the Powercat Auction and the Beach Museum of Art Board of Visitors.